A Year Of Paxlovid - Where Is The Licensed Generic?
Hetero Gets First WHO PQ; Chinese, Korean Companies In The Wings
A year since Paxlovid was launched and The Medicines Patent Pool licensed Pfizer’s nirmatrelvir, we look at a few likely reasons for authorized generics of Paxlovid not turning up and what lies ahead in 2023, as Hetero’s version becomes the first with WHO prequalification while two Chinese and a Korean company wait in the wings.
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As citizens in China grapple with the virtual end of pandemic restrictions and rush for medicines from cold remedies to traditional options, even some prescription antivirals such as Paxlovid are appearing online, while cheaper but unauthorized Indian generic versions have quickly sold out. Meanwhile, a renewed vaccination effort is targeting high-risk individuals and second booster shots as the country faces a huge surge in cases.
A few cases of COVID-19 relapse have Twitter abuzz about the need for data on Paxlovid’s effectiveness, particularly against the Omicron variant and in vaccinated individuals. Despite regulatory approval in India, the drug has not yet been included in treatment guidelines and a debate on recommended dosage now complicates matters