Sunday, June 21, 2020

Coronavirus Glenmark’s antiviral drug Fabiflu



Glenmark Pharmaceuticals had on Friday received manufacturing and marketing approval from India’s drug regulator, making FabiFlu the first oral Favipiravir-approved medication in India for the treatment of COVID-19.

FabiFlu will be used for treating COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms and will be made available from today evening and by next week across the country. The company has got approval under emergency category.

మొదటి రోజు, ఒక రోగికి 1800 మి.గ్రా చొప్పున రెండుసార్లు ఇవ్వబడుతుంది. రెండవ రోజు నుండి, వైద్యుడి సలహా ప్రకారం రోగికి 14 రోజుల వరకు రోజుకు రెండుసార్లు 800 మి.గ్రా ఇవ్వబడుతుంది. 18 నుండి 75 సంవత్సరాల మధ్య వయస్సు ఉన్న రోగులకు ఈ medicine  ఇవ్వవచ్చు

Each tablet of 200 mg costs ₹103 and a strip containing 34 tablets has been priced at ₹3500. It will be made available at hospitals and chemist shops and will be sold under medical presciption.


Since the approval is under emergency category due to the pandemic, the patient has to give an undertaking before consuming the medicine.

70 to 80% of Covid-19 patients are from the mild and medium category for which the drug has been approved. A patient of this type need not be admitted to the hospital and can stay at home.

Glenmark is taking care of end to end processes of this medication starting from manufacturing API and development of formulation to manufacturing as well as marketing and supply. Company executives said this will help in reducing the pressure on hospitals.

Clinical trial is on for 150 patients in India. For the next stage, the company is planning for a combination trial for Covid-19 treatment.

Once administered the drug will help in bringing down the viral load on the patient, company executives said.

Glenmark is the first company to come out with an oral antiviral drug for mild and moderate Covid-19 treatment.

Favipiravir has been used in Russia, Japan and China to treat such patients and has been proved successful.

At the moment the drug will be under restricted use, which means it can be consumed only under doctor’s guidance and supervision. People without prescription cannot buy it.

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