Centre has prohibited exports of injection Remdesivir and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients of Remdesivir till the COVID situation in the country improves. Union Health Ministry said, India is witnessing a recent surge in COVID cases and there are over 11 lakh active COVID cases. This has led to a sudden spike in demand for injection Remdesivir used in treatment of COVID patients. The Ministry said, there is a potential of further increase in this demand in the coming days.
The Ministry said, all domestic manufactures of Remdesivir have been advised to display on their website, details of their stockists and distributors to facilitate access to the drug. It said, Drugs inspectors and other officers have been directed to verify stocks and check their malpractices and also take other effective actions to curb hoarding and black marketing. The State Health Secretaries will review this with the Drug Inspectors of the respective States and Union Territories. The Ministry said, the Department of Pharmaceuticals has been in contact with the domestic manufacturers to ramp up the production of Remdesivir.
The Central Government has also advised the States that the extant National Clinical Management Protocol for COVID-19, has been developed after many interactions by Committee of Experts, and is the guiding document for treatment of Covid-19 patients. In the Protocol, Remdesivir is listed as an Investigational Therapy, where informed and shared decision making is essential, besides taking note of contra indications mentioned in the detailed guidelines. The States and UTs have been advised that these steps should again be communicated to all hospitals, both in public and private sector, and compliance monitored.
Seven Indian companies are producing injection Remdesivir under voluntary licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, USA. They have an installed capacity of about 38 lakh 80 thousand units per month.