Cipla’s first batch of Remdesivir dispatched from Sovereign pharma

The Daman-based company is manufacturing the antiviral drug for Indian pharmaceutical giant, Cipla, as it continues to be one of the few effective ways to combat Covid-19

As Indian medical authorities and the pharma industry are working relentlessly to provide medications to treat Coronavirus, Sovereign Pharma announced the dispatch of its first batch of Remdesivir injections for Cipla today.

In absence of a definitive line of treatment, the Indian government under The Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been instrumental in encouraging local drug manufacturers to identify potential treatments for the virus, as well as to ramp up production of the existing medications. Within the union territory of Daman and Diu, one of India’s pharmaceutical hubs, Sovereign Pharma has prepared the first batch of Remdesivir within record time. Under the guidance of The Hon’ble Administrator Shri Praful Patel, the facility recently went through a meticulous inspection by the CDSCO and received necessary approvals from the authority within a week.

To commemorate the achievement, Anil Kumar Singh, Advisor to the Hon’ble Administrator, Dr. A.M. Muthamma, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Rakesh Minhas, Collector, Daman, Dr. Vikramjit Singh, SP Daman, Dr. Das, Director Medical and Health Services & Drug Licensing Authority, and Dr. Agarwal, Drug Inspector were present along with Kairus Dadachanji, Managing Director, and Rishad Dadachanji, Director, Sovereign Pharma to flag off the first dispatch of Remdesivir from the Daman facility.

“Our manufacturing sites remain compliant with the highest global standards and certifications at all times, as it is our constant endeavour to cater to the ever-evolving requirements of the pharma industry. Even in such unprecedented times, we are proud that our facility has been able to supply this medication in record time to one of our key clients,” shared Rishad Dadachanji.

Remdesivir is known for successfully reducing the virus load in Coronavirus patients, and has been going through tests for specific treatment for COVID-19. It has been authorized for emergency use or severe cases in several countries including India.

“We have been constantly manufacturing Remdesivir since last month, and at our current capacity, we can supply 50,000 to 95,000 pieces of the injectable per month. We know how critical the situation is, especially with the pandemic still spreading across the country. Hence, we are in constant touch with all our clients, and ready to cater to any of their requirements with utmost priority,” Rishad said.

Established in 2003 as a Contract Manufacturing Organization (CMO) to produce high-quality injectables for pharmaceutical companies worldwide, Sovereign now produces 350 million pieces each year. It sells over 1 billion injections by number of doses every year.

With the PM Modi government’s push to become a global pharmaceutical hub, India has been at the forefront for producing and distributing effective medications to fight Coronavirus. Cipla is amongst the six Indian generic pharma manufacturers that have signed non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements with Gilead Sciences for its patented drug Veklury (Remdesivir). Cipla, in turn, has signed a contract manufacturing agreement with BDR Pharmaceuticals, who have further transferred the formulation technology for manufacturing and packaging of the generic drug to Sovereign. –MB Bureau

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