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Cipla's Favipiravir branded as Ciplenza priced at Rs 68 per tablet to be available by Aug first week

Favipiravir has shown promising results in fighting covid in mild and moderate cases. Glenmark's reduced price of its Favipiravir branded as FabiFlu is Rs 75 per tablet and the treatment for 14 days costs Rs 10,200.

NEW DELHI, July 25: Cipla-produced anti-viral, re-purposed Favipiravir, brand-named as Ciplenza, was given regulatory nod by DCGI on Friday to sell the drug in the market. It will be available through hospital channels for use under emergency authorisation from the first week of August for Rs 68 per tablet.

Favipiravir is an anti-viral drug developed by Fuji Pharma of Japan. It is now re-purposed as a therapy for coronavirus. It shows promising results in fighting covid in mild and moderate cases. It is off-patented and Cipla is launching it in India.

It has been reported that CSIR-IICT developed a cost-effective process using locally available chemicals to synthesise the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) and transferred the technolgy to Cipla.

Meanwhile, Glenmark Pharma has reduced the price of its Favipiravir branded as FabiFlu by 27% to Rs 75 per tablet from Rs 103 after the DCGI wrote that the price was too high for the poor patients of coronavirus. The treatment cost of a 14-day regimen will come down to Rs 10,200 from Rs14,000. The pharma had received manufacturing and marketing approval from the DCGI last month after It had completed the phase 3 clinical trial in mild to moderate covid patients in India.

Glenmark is also trying a combination therapy using Umifenovir in moderate hospitalised cases.

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