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Favipiravir has limited efficacy data, but doctors still go for Glenmark's drug to cope with a crisis

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Favipiravir has limited efficacy data, but doctors still go for Glenmark's drug to cope with a crisis

Last month, India’s drug regulator granted emergency-use authorisation for favipiravir to treat Covid-19, making it the first oral anti-viral drug approved for such use. However, Glenmark, which launched the favipiravir brand FabiFlu, hasn’t yet disclosed data of its clinical trial on 150 patients to assess the drug’s safety and efficacy. This is causing concern among doctors and public-health experts.
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Desperate times call for desperate measures. The count of India’s Covid-19 cases has crossed 1.1 million, with around 30,000 cases being added daily. Total deaths so far have been 28,084. The situation is grim and the end nowhere in sight. With its back to the wall, the country has been forced to take a few risks. But what’s
However, he agrees that there is panic among the public and everybody just wants to get rid of the disease as fast as possible, which puts doctors under pressure. “If they don’t prescribe (favipiravir) and something happens to the patient, they will either suffer from guilt, or the patients’ relatives may blame them for not trying the drug,” he says.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The count of India’s Covid-19 cases has crossed 1.1 million, with around 30,000 cases being added daily. Total deaths so far have been 28,084. The situation is grim and the end nowhere in sight. With its back to the wall, the country has been forced to take a few risks. But what’s However, he agrees that there is panic among the public and everybody just wants to get rid of the disease as fast as possible, which puts doctors under pressure. “If they don’t prescribe (favipiravir) and something happens to the patient, they will either suffer from guilt, or the patients’ relatives may blame them for not trying the drug,” he says.

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