Wave Of Molnupiravir Generics In India Amid Early Physician Cheer
India authorizes molnupiravir for restricted emergency use in COVID-19, marking the arrival of around a dozen “affordable” generics of Merck & Co. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics' oral antiviral. Physicians say data are “pretty compelling” notwithstanding the narrow FDA nod.
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Oral antivirals make progress in Asia as Japan issues emergency approval to Merck's Lagevrio in a matter of weeks and South Korea clears Pfizer's contender Paxlovid. Vaccines also move forward in both countries with deals for boosters, new supply agreements and the advancement of home-grown candidates.
Dr Reddy’s indicates it is close to break-even between “the investment made and what we gained” for Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India, with Sputnik Light, boosters and pediatric shots seen as the new growth drivers. The company’s fully vertically integrated operations also puts it in prime position for supplies of antiviral molnupiravir.