Update May 24, 2020

Dhaka 11-57 pm, 04-July, 2020

Eskayef starts distributing remdesivir to hospitals

Mirajul Moin Joy

Eskayef Pharmaceuticals, one of the leading drug manufacturing companies of the country, received approval to market remdesivir, an effective drug for treating coronavirus.

The drug administration approved the sample on Sunday. Eskayef has already provided this medicine to 13 hospitals. The brand name for remdesivir manufactured by Eskayef is Remivir.

Major general Mahbubur Rahman, director general of Directorate of Drug Administration, told Prothom Alo, “We have given permission to Eskayef to market the drug. They will be able to supply it to approved public and private hospitals for the treatment of coronavirus.”

According to senior officials of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited, the manufacturer of remdesivir, the drug administration decided to use the drug on an emergency basis in March.

Shortly after the approval, Eskayef ‘s formulation scientists began working on the drug from mid-March. Eskayef completes all production processes in the first week of May. After the necessary tests, the drug administration allows it to be marketed today.

Simeen Hossain, managing director and chief executive officer of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited, said Eskayef wants to help the people of Bangladesh to tackle coronavirus.

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