India bans export of Remdesivir drug

Export of injection Remdesivir and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) prohibited till the C-19 situation in the country improves

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As C-19 cases surge in the country , the government of India on Sunday ordered prohibition on the export of Remdesivir drug and injection “till the C-19 situation in the country improves.”

Export of injection Remdesivir and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) prohibited till the C-19 situation in the country improves,” the Centre said in a statement.


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“India is witnessing a recent surge in C-19 cases. As on 11.04.2021, there are 11.08 lakh active C-19 cases and they are steadily increasing. This has led to a sudden spike in demand for Injection Remdesivir used in treatment of C-19 patients.

There is a potential of a further increase in demand for Remdesivir injection in the coming days,” the Centre said in a statement.

Department of Pharmaceuticals has been in contact with domestic manufacturers to ramp up the production of Remdesivir, it further stated.

In its fresh order, it said that all domestic manufactures of Remdesivir advised to display on their website, details of their stockists / distributors to facilitate access to the drug.


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Drugs inspectors and other officers directed to verify stocks and also take measures to curb hoarding and black marketing,” it added.

Remdesivir is considered a key anti-viral drug in the fight against C-19, especially in adult patients with severe complications.

Seven Indian companies are producing Injection Remdesivir under voluntary licensing agreement with M/s. Gilead Sciences, USA. They have an installed capacity of about 38.80 lakh units per month.


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