Glenmark’s favipiravir trial shows 40% faster COVID-19 recovery
Category: #health  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2020-07-23
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Glenmark’s favipiravir trial shows 40% faster COVID-19 recovery

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has recently announced the positive result from its Phase 3 clinical trial of favipiravir, a sought-after drug, which was conducted among the COVID-19 patients. The study has shown the effectiveness of the drug, enabling a faster recovery of the patients.

The Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company had conducted the favipiravir trial on 150 COVID-19 patients who showed mild to moderate symptoms across 7 clinical sites in India. The study was conducted to examine the safety and efficacy of this Japanese drug that is used for the treatment of flu. Out of these 150 subjects, 90 patients had mild symptoms while the remaining patients had moderate symptoms.

Favipiravir is being examined in various ongoing COVID-19 clinical trials across the globe. The drug selectively inhibits RdRp (RNA-dependent RNA polymerase) and the viral replication phase of the SARS-CoV-2.

As per the statement made by Glenmark, there has been a 40% faster achievement of the clinical cure among the patients, which is considered as the assessment of normalization of the clinical signs by physicians. These clinical signs include cough, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature.

The company’s statement further claimed that a statistically significant median time reduction to the clinical cure had been observed in the favipiravir arm in 3 days, as compared to the control arm. In the control arm, the patients were treated without the drug and kept under the standard supportive care for 5 days. This standard supportive care was provided in accordance with the norms of the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research).

In April, Glenmark had gained approval from the DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) to commence the clinical trials of the recent antiviral medicine. The data or findings from the trials have not been reviewed independently and shared with the public. The company is planning to submit the data from the recent Phase 3 clinical trial for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in the next few weeks.

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https://theprint.in/health/covid-patients-given-favipiravir-showed-40-faster-recovery-glenmark-trial-results-claim/466327/



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