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What you should know about remdesivir, the drug that may be used to fight coronavirus

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New Delhi, Apr 01: A drug by American Pharma major, Gilead Sciences Inc, remdesivir is being seen as a potential treatment for coronavirus. One must remember that this is not a vaccine.

What you should know about remdesivir, the drug that may be used to fight coronavirus

Let us take a look at what the drug is and when it should be out.

  • Remdesivir is being manufactured by Gilead Sciences Inc
  • Multiple clinic trials are on and initial results are expected next week
  • WHO panel said remdesivir was considered to be the most promising therapeutic candidate
  • There is pressure on Gilead Sciences not to go ahead with exclusive status
  • Exclusive control will create monopoly
  • Remdesivir had on March 23 received the orphan drug designation
  • This status is granted to a drug that show promise in treatment
  • Researchers expect the Food and Drug Administration in the US to fast track approval
  • Gilead has initiated phase-III clinical trials
  • Gilead Sciences held primary patents of remdesivir in more than 70 countries
  • The commercial availability for India is still unknown

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