November 29, 2020

Biocon’s biosimilar for treating Covid-19: Sufferers responded positively, says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw



Bengaluru: A day after receiving drug regulator’s approval for its biosimilar Itolizumab to be used in remedy of Covid-19 sufferers, Biocon chairman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Sunday mentioned the randomized management trial indicated all of the sufferers handled with the drug responded positively, and have recovered.

“We can save many critically sick #COVID19 sufferers with our drug,” she mentioned in a tweet.

The Drug Controller Normal of India (DGCI) has permitted the Bengaluru-headquartered drug maker to market Itolizumab (ALZUMab) injection 25 mg/5 mL resolution for emergency use in India for treating cytokine launch syndrome (CRS) in average to extreme ARDS (acute respiratory misery syndrome) Covid sufferers. “It’s the world’s first anti-CD6 novel biologic remedy to be accepted for treating sufferers with average to extreme Covid-19 issues,” the corporate mentioned.

The pharma firm has repurposed Itolizumab, a drug it launched seven years in the past for treating persistent plaque psoriasis, as ALZUMab for treating CRS in average to extreme ARDS Covid sufferers.

“I sincerely imagine #Itolizumab won’t solely assist in decreasing morbidity and mortality of #COVID19 sufferers but additionally even handed handle healthcare assets like ICUs and ventilators for critically sick sufferers,” Biocon quoted Dr. Suresh Kumar, Medical Director at LNH, Delhi as saying.

It additionally quoted Dr.Mohan Joshi, dean, BYL Nair Hospital in Mumbai, as saying: “In our hospital, we tried #Itolizumab in lots of #COVID19 sufferers with moderate-severe ARDS & discovered important enchancment in medical, radiological, & inflammatory markers after administering Itolizumab.” The drug prices about Rs 8000 per vial in response to experiences.

Karnataka’s former Industries Minister RV Deshpande, in a tweet, hailed Shaw’s efforts “for the a lot wanted breakthrough in remedy of Covid-19” and mentioned: “Exceptional milestone for #BIOCON and can save hundreds of thousands of lives. Will give India a lead on this race to beat the #pandemic.” His fellow Congress MLA Rizwan Arshad additionally congratulated Shaw and her workforce for getting the drug accepted inside three months of software from the regulator.