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Glenmark gets India approval for favipiravir as COVID-19 treatment

BENGALURU, June 19 (Reuters) - Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd said on Friday it had received an approval from India’s drugs regulator to make and sell oral antiviral drug favipiravir for treating mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients in the country.

The Mumbai-based drugmaker said the approval was part of India's accelerated approval process and the drug would be for "restricted emergency use" in the country. (bit.ly/310MByO)

Favipiravir is made under the brand name Avigan by Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp and was approved for use as an anti-flu drug there in 2014. (Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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