Strides Pharma Science Ltd. from India has received the approval for conducting clinical trials for Favipiravir, the potential COVID-19 drug. Many popular pharmaceutical companies all across the world are trying to come up with a suitable vaccine or a possible drug for this disease which has taken the world by surprise.
Strides Pharma is a Bangalore based pharmaceutical company has received approvals from the Drug Controller General of India to conduct clinical trials of the favipiravir drug as was expressed on a call by the Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Strides Pharmaceuticals, Arun Kumar.
Before Strides, Glenmark from Maharashtra
became the first Indian brand to get approval for the clinical tests of favipiravir. It has already started the trials and is expecting results by the end of July. In a feat to win over the novel coronavirus, it is of utmost importance that one of the approved companies comes up with a potential drug to the disease.
Few days earlier, WHO has categorised the coronavirus among the group of viruses which are responsible for recurring death every year across the world. At the third stage it has also been observed that the virus has the capability to mutate itself during community transmission. This trait makes the virus even more dangerous because once recovered, a person again has the possibility to catch the mutated version of the virus.
All these taken together are a kind of problem, the world could not foresee. It is true that in some parts of the world, the virus has been sustained and countries are coming back to form in terms of economy and social, but the fear that still looms at large is the fact that no possible drug or vaccine to this disease. So, the possibility of recurring will always be present in the future.
Apart from the two Indian companies, Germany has started vaccine trials of healthy individuals and is expecting good results after the observation period of 96 days. The country has also claimed to have sustained the spread of the virus and has started its home soccer league named Busdesliga under preventive conditions since last Saturday.