Covid-19: Remdesivir production capacity increased to nearly 119 lakh vials per month, says govt

The home production capacity of Remdesivir, the important drug used for the therapy of coronavirus illness (Covid-19) has increased unprecedentedly from 38 lakh vials manufactured per month to manufacturing 119 lakh vials per month, the federal government mentioned on Monday.

The patented drug, which is manufactured in India beneath voluntary licenses granted by Gilead Life Sciences USA, was very scarce when the catastrophic wave of the pandemic hit the nation. The increased surge within the demand for the drug even led to its black advertising and marketing, hoarding and sale of faux vials of the medication.

“To augment the domestic production capacity, all the seven domestic licensed manufacturers of Remdesivir were asked to ramp up production quickly. With combined efforts of the central government and the manufacturing companies, the production capacity of the licensed manufacturers has increased unprecedentedly from 38 lakh vials per month to nearly 119 lakh vials per month,” the ministry of chemical compounds and fertilizers mentioned in a press release.

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Additionally, the production is boosted by means of the provides of requisite uncooked supplies and tools from international international locations, with the assistance of the Union ministry of exterior affairs.

The ministry on Monday mentioned with the accelerated approval. the variety of manufacturing websites increased from 22 to 60. Exports of the medication have been prohibited since April 11 and customized responsibility has additionally been exempted on Remdesivir injection, Remdesivir API and Beta Cyclodextrin (SBEBCD) used within the production of the drug since April 20, the ministry mentioned.

The authorities additionally shared the information on the allocation of Remdesivir to states and Union territories throughout the nation. Interim allocation of 11 lakh vials was made for 19 states and UTs with heavy demand on April 20 for the interval up to April 30. With the rise within the availability of the provides, this allocation was increased to 16 lakh vials on April 24 and all states and UTs have been allotted the drug.

“In a series of allocations issued subsequently, with the latest allocation issued on May 16, 76 lakh vials in total have been allocated among States for a period up to May 23, 2021,” the ministry mentioned.

Seven pharmaceutical corporations namely-Cipla, Dr Reddy’s Lab., Hetero, Jubilant Pharma, Mylan, Syngene and Zydus Cadila manufacture the drug within the nation and all of them have been making provides accessible to the states and UTs as per the allocation each by means of non-public distribution channels and towards authorities’s buy order. A complete of 54.15 lakh vials of the drug have been provided throughout the nation by the businesses from April 21 to May 15, in accordance to the ministry. Meanwhile, a complete of 5.26 lakh vials, which have been acquired as a part of international assist and 40,000 vials that have been imported commercially, have additionally been allotted to the states and UTs, as on May 16.

“State governments / UTs have been advised to place adequate purchase orders with the marketing companies immediately for the quantity that they want to purchase out of allocation for the State/ UT as per supply plan in close coordination with liaison officers of the companies. The coordination with private distribution channels in the state is also to be made by the states,” the federal government mentioned.

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The state governments have additionally been requested to monitor correct distribution inside their jurisdiction and even handed use of the drug as suggested by the AIIMS/ICMR Covid-19 National Task Force and Joint Monitoring Group of the well being ministry. The governments have additionally been beneficial to function a mechanism for issuance of the drug to the needy sufferers and effectively promote it publically for better consciousness.

The authorities additionally mentioned that to monitor the availability wants the division of prescription drugs, by means of National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA), is in fixed contact with nodal officers of the state and the liaison officers of the manufacturing corporations.

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