‘COVID-19 Drug’ Favipiravir to be available at Rs 103 Per Tablet

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TNI Bureau: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals received manufacturing and marketing approval to use Favipiravir (of FabiFlu series) as the first oral anti-viral medication in India for the treatment of COVID-19.

The Favipiravir will be used for treating COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms. As the company has got approval to use it under emergency category, it would be available with immediate effect.

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Each tablet of 200 mg will costs Rs 103 and a strip containing 34 tablets is priced at Rs 3,500. Favipiravir Tablets would be available at hospitals and chemist shops and will be sold under medical prescription.

As per the regulation, a patient will be administered 1800 mg each twice on the first day. From the second day, the patient will be given 800 mg twice a day for up to 14 days as per the doctor’s advice.

Favipiravir has been successfully used in Russia, Japan and China to treat COVID-19 patients with mild and moderate symptoms. Clinical trial of the drug is being conducted in India, USA, Canada, Italy, China, France, UK and other countries.

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