Homegrown Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd on Friday announced that it has received Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) approval for the launch of Molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral drug, for the treatment of mild Covid-19.

The pharmaceutical company, which has received approval from the Drug Controller General of India, said that it plans to launch Molnupiravir under the brand name Lizuvira in the Indian market.”As the need for such a drug is imminent in the face of emerging challenges in Covid-19 treatment, Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd will endeavour to deliver Lizuvira (Molnupiravir) in a week’s time,” the company said in a statement.

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“A toll-free helpline will be dedicated to help the doctors and patients access the product,” it added.

Earlier this year, the pharmaceutical company had entered into a licensing agreement with Merck Sharpe Dohme (MSD) to manufacture and supply Molnupiravir to India and over 100 low and middle income countries (LMICs).

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