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13 Nov 2021

U.S. government to buy $1 billion more worth of Merck’s COVID-19 pill

(Reuters) – The U.S. government will buy another $1 billion worth of the COVID-19 pill made by Merck & Co Inc and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, the companies said on Tuesday. The government in June agreed to buy 1.7 million courses of molnupiravir for $1.2 billion and is now exercising options to buy 1.4 million more.

12 Nov 2021

Japan to pay $1.2 billion for 1.6 mln courses of Merck’s COVID-19 pill

Nov 10 (Reuters) – Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N) and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said on Wednesday the Japanese government will pay about $1.2 billion for 1.6 million courses of their COVID-19 antiviral pill molnupiravir. Countries have rushed to sign deals to buy molnupiravir, since data last month showed that when given early in the illness

12 Nov 2021

Merck expects Covid pill to reach rich and poor countries simultaneously

Washington (AFP) – US pharmaceutical giant Merck has vowed to avoid the pitfalls of the global Covid vaccine rollout by ensuring its new anti-coronavirus pill is made available in wealthy and poor countries at almost the same time. Paul Schaper, the company’s executive director of global public policy, told AFP that Merck began working on

11 Nov 2021

India could approve Covid pill in matter of days

Molnupiravir can be taken as a pill instead of injection or intravenous administration. Antiviral drug Molnupiravir, used for treating mild to moderate Covid-19 infections, is set to enter the Indian markets within days, an official confirmed on Wednesday. Manufactured by US drug companies Merck, Sharp and Dohme, Molnupiravir is among the first proven drugs to

08 Nov 2021

First oral antiviral for COVID-19, Lagevrio (molnupiravir), approved by MHRA

The antiviral was found to be safe and effective following a stringent review of the available evidence. The antiviral Lagevrio (molnupiravir) is safe and effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and death in people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at increased risk of developing severe disease, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory

08 Nov 2021

KHMER Ministry of Health approves use of Molnupiravir to treat COVID-19 in ’emergencies’

The Ministry of Health has authorized the use of COVID-19 drug Molnupiravir for emergency conditions. The Ministry said that Molnupiravir is an oral and oral anti-COVID pill that is safe and highly effective for treating COVID-19. Molnupiravir is manufactured by Mylan Laboratories Limited, based in India. The Ministry of Health states that the conditions for

18 Oct 2021

Will New Covid Treatments Be as Elusive for Poor Countries as Vaccines?

By Stephanie NolenOct. 17, 2021 Merck has taken a step to make its antiviral pill available in poor nations, but many obstacles remain for broad access to coronavirus drugs. Nearly a year after the first Covid-19 vaccination campaigns began, the vast majority of the shots have gone to people in wealthy nations, with no clear

17 Oct 2021

Countries in Asia are placing orders for a new drug to treat coronavirus. Poorer nations could miss out again

(CNN)During the global scramble to secure vaccines, many countries in Asia-Pacific were slow off the mark. This time, they’re not making the same mistake.Countries around the region are rushing to place orders for the latest weapon against Covid-19: an antiviral pill that isn’t even authorized for use yet. Molnupiravir — produced by US pharmaceutical company

03 Oct 2021

New antiviral pill halves risk of COVID-19 hospitalization, Merck says

In a late-stage clinical trial, a new antiviral pill halved the chance that patients diagnosed with COVID-19 would end up in the hospital or die from the disease, the drugmaker Merck announced Friday (Oct. 1). The drug, called molnupiravir, was developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics and could be the first oral medication specifically approved

02 Oct 2021

Merck says its new Covid pill reduces the risk of hospitalization, death by half for some patients

Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said Friday they’ve developed a drug that reduces the risk of hospitalization or death by around 50% for patients with mild or moderate cases of Covid. The companies plan to seek emergency authorization for the antiviral Covid treatment after the medicine showed “compelling results” in clinical trials. The drug, molnupiravir, is

01 Oct 2021

Merck says research shows its COVID-19 pill works against variants

Sept 29 (Reuters) – Laboratory studies show that Merck & Co’s (MRK.N) experimental oral COVID-19 antiviral drug, molnupiravir, is likely to be effective against known variants of the coronavirus, including the dominant, highly transmissible Delta, the company said on Wednesday. Since molnupiravir does not target the spike protein of the virus – the target of

27 Aug 2021

Ho Chi Minh City uses Molnupiravir for treating Covid-19 patients at home

According to Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, the Ministry of Health and the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City start using the experimental antiviral drug Molnupiravir to treat Covid-19 patients with mild-symptom from August 27, 2021. He said this while inspecting the Covid-19 prevention and control task in Ho Chi Minh City’s

24 Aug 2021

Molnupiravir – an oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19

A novel coronavirus, originally identified in Wuhan City, China, was reported to the World Health Organization on 31 December 2019, and the associated disease has subsequently become a worldwide pandemic. An effective antiviral therapeutic has since been intensively sought. Coronaviruses use an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) for the replication and transcription of their RNA genome.