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Government is taking all necessary measures to accelerate production of remdesivir: Union minister | India News


NEW DELHI: The government is taking all measures to accelerate the production of the antiviral drug remdesivir, used in the treatment of Covid-19, and ensure its availability in the country, Chemical and Fertilizer Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said on Friday.
The minister also mentioned that during the last five days a total of 6.69 lakh vials of the drug have been made available to different states and territories of the union.
“The government is taking all necessary steps to accelerate the #Remdesivir production facilities, its capacity improvement and availability,” Gowda said in a tweet.

In another tweet, the minister said: “With government intervention, the major manufacturers of #Remdesivir have voluntarily lowered their P from Rs 5,400 to less than Rs 3,500 by 04/15/2021. This will support the efforts of PM @ narendramodi to fight # Covid19. “.
Gowda also said that the Department of Pharmaceuticals and the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) are continuously monitoring the production of remdesivir.

Production has increased from 28 lakh vials per month to 41 lakh vials per month in the last week, he added.
In another tweet, Gowda said: “Remdesivir was placed under the Export ban on 04/11/2021 to increase supply in the domestic market. Its supplies of approximately 4 lakh vials destined for export are being diverted by manufacturers to comply with the National requirements. The EOU / SEZ units are also enabled to supply the domestic market. ”

On Wednesday, the ministry had said that remdesivir manufacturers had been instructed to prioritize supplies at the hospital / institutional level.
The Comptroller General of Drugs of India (DCGI) has directed the law enforcement authorities of the states and the central government to take immediate action on the incidence of black marketing, hoarding and remdesivir overload, it added. .
Meanwhile, a Maharashtra state minister said Friday that the state will face a shortage of 12,000 to 15,000 injections of remdesivir.
Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Minister Rajendra Shingane said: “Companies that produce Remdesivir injection have increased their production, but it will take some time for the vials to reach the market. 10-12 percent, Maharashtra continue to face a shortage of 12,000 to 15,000 vials of remdesivir over the next two to three days. ”

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