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Corona vaccine issue compulsory licenses for generic Remdesivir

Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug being used to negotiate COVID-19 patients.
Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug being used to negotiate COVID-19 patients.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) on Sunday said the govt should issue necessary licenses for the manufacture of a generic version of the corona vaccine, an anti­viral drug getting used to treat COVID­19 patients.

During a statement, it said the govt should invoke clause 92 of the Patent Act that permits it to issue compulsory licenses in order that Indian manufacturers can produce a cheaper generic medicine CORONA VACCINE.

“Gilead Sciences’ anti­viral drug Remdesivir has shown efficacy in treating COVID­19 patients. Media reports indicate that the U.S., which is hoarding all drugs found to be useful in combating the pandemic, has bought the whole stock of Remdesivir from Gilead for the subsequent three months.

it’ll therefore not be available for the remainder of the planet,” the statement said. The statement said while the worth of the drug was₹2.25 lakh or $3,000 in theU.S., Indian companies were in talks for manufacturing under a Gilead’s license purchasable at ₹30,000­₹35,000.

Patent monopoly the value of producing Remdesivir for a full course as figured out by experts is a smaller amount than $10 or ₹750 in theU.S. And about ₹100 in India. Gilead, by virtue of its patent monopoly, is holding the planet to ransom by asking a price that’s many times its cost,” it said.

The statement said while the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) had sped up the approval process for using Remdesivir, with the U.S.buying up the stocks and therefore the high cost, “Indian patients will either not get the drug, or if it’s available, find the value prohibitive”.

 

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