Left Menu
Development News Edition

Bangladesh pharma giant introduces first generic version of remdesivir for COVID-19

PTI | Dhaka | Updated: 21-05-2020 19:59 IST | Created: 21-05-2020 19:44 IST
Bangladesh pharma giant introduces first generic version of  remdesivir for COVID-19

Bangladesh's pharmaceutical giant Beximco Pharma on Thursday introduced what it said was the world's first generic version of the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir, which has grabbed attention as one of the most promising treatments for the COVID-19. Remdesivir has recently been authorized by the US for emergency use in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted the multinational Gilead Science Inc "emergency use authorization" clearing the way for the broader use of the drug. "We are pleased to be the first generic company in the world to introduce this very important drug for treating the hospitalized COVID-19 patients," Beximco Pharma's managing director Nazmul Hassan Papon announced.

The company has branded the medicine as "Bemsivir". Papon, also a Member of Parliament, handed over the first batch of medicine to Health Minister Zahed Maleque to mark the drug's introduction, saying the firm will provide Bemsivir free of cost to all the severely ill patients of government hospitals which provide free treatment.

Beximco said it could produce generic versions of patented drugs under World Trade Organisation provisions that grant least developed countries a waiver from seeking licenses. Based on laboratory, animal and clinical studies, WHO is overseeing what it calls "Solidarity Trials" involving a number of countries on four possible treatments for COVID-19: remdesivir, which was previously tested as an Ebola treatment; the HIV treatment lopinavir and ritonavir; multiple sclerosis treatment interferon beta-1a; and related drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which have been used to treat illnesses including malaria and rheumatoid arthritis. Gilead said the drug, which is given by intravenous infusion, had helped improve outcomes for patients with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and provided data suggesting it worked better when given earlier in the course of infection.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh's health authorities said 22 people died overnight due to the COVID-19, the highest number of deaths due to the coronavirus in a single day in the country. The death toll in Bangladesh due to COVID-19 has reached 408. During the period, 1,773 people were tested COVID-19 positive, taking the total number of infections to 28,511.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Why COVID-19 is unstoppable in USA despite it being ranked at the top of GHS Index?

Several worst-hit countries such as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, Canada, and Russia have peaked COVID-19 cases in April. Almost all of them have gradually flattened the curve. However, the USA is setting new daily records of infections tha...

COVID-19 seems cooking biggest ever global scam

The increasing number of corruption cases on COVID-19 funds from throughout the world and involvement of high profile persons indicate that the countries cant ignore corruption in their pandemic response programs. This has generated the nee...

Health Management Information Systems lack holistic, integrated, and pandemic resilient character

Being a part of the United Nations system, the World Health Organization WHO deserves its share of rebuke for its alleged failure issue COVID-19 health emergency alerts on appropriate time. However, the pandemic has also exposed loopholes i...

Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...

Videos

Latest News

Tokyo Olympics could help Sapporo land 2030 Winter Games

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if Tokyo can pull off next years Summer Games, then the city of Sapporo could be in good standing to hold the 2030 Winter Olympics. Yasuhiro Yamashita, a former Olympic gold ...

One held with 40 kgs of poppy in J-K's Udhampur

An alleged drug peddler was arrested with over 40 kgs of poppy in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, police said. The accused was identified as Nirmal Singh, a resident of Fatehpur Sahib, Punjab, they said.A police team stop...

UPDATE 1-U.S. says it executes Daniel Lee, first federal execution in 17 years

The U.S. government on Tuesday carried out its first execution in 17 years, putting to death convicted murderer Daniel Lee after the Supreme Court cleared the way overnight, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said.Lee was pronounced dead ...

COVID-19: Dwayne Johnson donates 700,000 water bottles to frontline workers

Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson has announced that he and his water bottle company, Voss, donated 700,000 bottles to the medical community working tirelessly on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. The 48-year-old professional wrestl...

Give Feedback