Exclusive | Gilead Sciences to send 1 lakh Remdesivir vials to India by next week to ease shortage
Consignment is part of 4.5 lakh vials that Gilead Sciences promised to donate to India. The remainder of the consignment will be dispatched in the coming weeks. The Central government will allot the drug to different States, based on demand.
April 30, 2021 / 03:38 PM IST
US drugmaker Gilead Sciences will be sending 100,000 vials of Remdesivir to India by May 5. This will be part of 4,50,000 vials the company said it would donate to India to help the country tide over a severe shortage of the critical antiviral drug, which is used to treat moderate to severe Covid in patients.
The remaining vials will be dispatched to India from the US in the coming weeks. Gilead has collected unused Remdesivir vials from across the US to this end.
The marketing authorisation for Gilead’s Remdesivir in India is with its local partner KlinEra Global Services, which will import the drug. The Central government will then allot the drug to different States, based on demand.
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) earlier this week issued a license for the import.
Moneycontrol is the first to break the story of Gilead sending Remdesivir to India.
The dispatch of the antiviral drug to India is seen as a part of the Biden administration’s plan to support the Government of India and Indian health care workers as they battle the country’s worst health crisis since Independence.
Sources told Moneycontrol that the donations will be an interim arrangement from Gilead, before six Indian generic companies and Mylan, which have manufacturing licenses, start pumping supplies into the market.
India has been reporting more than 3.8 lakh new cases and around 3,500 deaths daily due to Covid-19.
A patient needs about five injections of Remdesivir, which helps in faster clearance of the virus.