DRDO’s Anti-COVID Drug Priced At Rs 990 Per Sachet; Centre, States To Get Discounts

Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) anti-Covid-19 drug will be sold at Rs 990 per sachet by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL), officials informed on Friday.

However, the Hyderabad-based pharma company will provide the medicine to the Centre and State government at a discounted price.

After the Drugs Controller General of India allowed the emergency use authorisation of 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) that is the anti-viral drug as an adjunct therapy for moderate to severe coronavirus patients, following that on May 17 the first batch of DRDO’s anti-Covid-19 drug was released by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

When the pandemic broke out last year in April, the scientists of Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of DRDO conducted laboratory experiments with the help of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad in collaboration with DRL and found that this molecule works effectively against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and inhibits viral growth.

The 2-DG drug is taken orally by dissolving it in water and comes in powder form in the sachet. It prevents virus growth and accumulated in the virus-infected cells, stops the virus growth by stopping viral synthesis and energy production. Hence, its selective accumulation in virally infected cells makes this drug unique.

According to the Union Health Ministry said, the drug reportedly reduces a patient’s average recovery time by two and a half days and oxygen demand by upto 40 per cent.

India’s Active Caseload has now reduced to 23,43,152. Active Cases have decreased since its last peak on 10th May 2021. A net decline of 76,755 is witnessed in the last 24 hours and active cases are now only 8.50%of the country’s total Positive Cases.

As part of continued decline in the daily new cases, the country has recorded less than 3 lakh Daily New Cases for the twelve consecutive days now. 1,86,364 Daily New Cases were registered in the last 24 hours.

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