Sudden Spike In Demand Says Government: Remdesivir
India has ramped up the production of anti-viral drug Remdesivir – used in the treatment of Covid patients – from 33,000 vials per day on April 11 to 3.5 lakh vials every day, the government has said. With the supply more than the demand, the central government will no longer allocate the anti-viral drug to the states, said Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya.
The unprecedented rise in Covid cases led to a “sudden spike in demand” for Remdesivir injections, the government had said at the time.
“I am delighted and satisfied to inform you all that the Production of Remdesivir is ramped up ten times from just 33,000 vials per day on April 11 to 3,50,000 vials per day today under the astute leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji,” Mr Mandaviya tweeted.
Last month, India had banned the export of Remdesivir over an alarming surge in cases as a deadly second wave burdened the country’s healthcare system.
The number of plants producing Remdesivir has been increased from 20 to 60 within a month, he added. The National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Agency and the CDSCO (Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation) have been told to continuously monitor the availability of the drug in the country