Medilytix Bureau:

Pharma major Lupin on Friday announced the launch of the antiviral drug Molnupiravir in India under the brand name Molnulup for the treatment of COVID-19 adults in the country.

“The drug has been given emergency use authorisation by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for treatment of adult patients with COVID-19, with SpO2 > 93%, and the ones who have a high risk of progression of the disease including hospitalisation,” the company said in a statement. Internationally, Molnupiravir is an oral antiviral that has been approved by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19 in adults.

Administered orally, Molnupiravir inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Pre-clinical and clinical data have shown Molnupiravir to be effective against the most common SARSCoV-2 variants including Gamma, Delta, and Mu variants.

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