Last Updated on July 10, 2020 by The Health Master
Pharma major Cipla on Wednesday said it has launched its generic version of antiviral drug remdesivir at Rs 4,000 per vial, which is among the lowest globally, and is looking to supply over 80,000 vials within the first month. Cipremi is priced at Rs 4,000 per 100 mg vial, Cipla said in a statement.
“We are proud to commercially launch Cipremi today (on Wednesday); amongst the lowest priced globally, and aim to supply over 80,000 vials within the first month itself,” Cipla Executive Vice-President and CEO (India Business) Nikhil Chopra said in an e-mailed statement.
To further ensure equitable distribution, the drug will be available through government and hospital channels only, he added. “Cipla will also be donating some amount of the drug as part of its efforts to support the community in this time of need,” Chopra said.
Cipremi has been approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for restricted emergency use in the country as part of the accelerated approval process considering the urgent and unmet medical need.
Pharmaceutical major Mylan NV on Monday has said that its generic version of remdesivir will be priced at Rs 4,800 per 100 mg vial. Hyderbad-based drug firm Hetero has earlier said it has fixed a maximum retail price of Rs 5,400 per vial for the drug.
Remdesivir is the only United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)-approved Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) treatment for adult and paediatric patients hospitalised with suspected or laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infection.
In May, domestic pharma firms Hetero, Cipla and Jubilant Life Sciences entered into non-exclusive licensing agreements with drug major Gilead Sciences Inc for manufacturing and distribution of remdesivir.