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Zydus' Virafin gets emergency use approval for treating moderate COVID 19 cases

Zydus' Virafin gets emergency use approval for treating moderate COVID-19 cases

Zydus' Virafin gets emergency use approval for treating moderate COVID-19 cases
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By CNBCTV18.com Apr 23, 2021 5:09:03 PM IST (Updated)

Cadila Health said one dose of Virafin showed clinical and virological improvement in moderate cases.

The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) on Friday gave approval for the emergency use of Zydus Cadila's ‘Virafin’ in treating moderate COVID-19 infection in adults.

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Cadila Healthcare said one dose of Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b, ‘Virafin’ showed clinical and virological improvement in moderate COVID-19 cases. It said the treatment significantly reduces the hours of supplemental oxygen in the patients.
In its regulatory filing, the company said that a single-dose subcutaneous regimen of the antiviral Virafin will make the treatment more convenient for the patients. When administered early on during COVID-19, Virafin will help patients recover faster and avoid much of the complications. It will be available on the prescription of a medical specialist for use in a hospital/institutional setup.
"The fact that we are able to offer a therapy which significantly reduces the viral load when given early on can help in better disease management. It comes at a much-needed time for patients and we will continue to provide them access to critical therapies in this battle against COVID-19," Cadila Healthcare MD Sharvil Patel told PTI.
The development comes at a time when India's daily COVID tally is crossing the 3-lakh mark. India has reported over 3 lakh new COVID-19 cases in a single day. India has recorded 3,32,730 new cases in the last 24 hours, also the world's highest rise in the cases in a day, as per the Union Health Ministry.
The total number of cases stood at 1,62,63,695 and active cases crossed the 24-lakh mark, the data updated at 8 am showed. The death toll rose to 1,86,920 as 2,263 fatalities, another single-day record, were reported in the last 24 hours, the data said.
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