Zydus Cadila launches India's cheapest Remdesivir version at $37 per vial

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 13, 2020, 10.28 AM(IST)

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Zydus is the fifth company to launch a copy of the antiviral in India after privately held Hetero Labs Ltd, Cipla, Mylan NV and Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.

Zydus Cadila on Thursday launched the cheapest generic version of Gilead Sciences' antiviral drug Remdesivir in India to treat COVID-19 following reports of shortages at hospitals.

Zydus has priced it at 2,800 rupees ($37.44) per 100mg vial. It will be sold under the brand name Remdac to government and private hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

Zydus is the fifth company to launch a copy of the antiviral in India after privately held Hetero Labs Ltd, Cipla, Mylan NV and Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.

Gilead has also entered into licensing agreements with Dr.Reddy's Laboratories Ltd and Syngene International Ltd to make remdesivir for distribution in 127 countries, including India.

India has reported a daily jump of more than 50,000 coronavirus infections for two weeks, with total cases as of Wednesday at 2.33 million.