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Roche’s antibody cocktail launched in India at ₹59,750/dose

PTI New Delhi | Updated on May 24, 2021

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Drug majors Roche India and Cipla on Monday announced launch of Roche's Antibody Cocktail in India priced at ₹59,750 per dose for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in patients who are at high risk.

“The first batch of the Antibody Cocktail (Casirivimab and Imdevimab) is now available in India while a second batch will be made available by mid-June. In total they can potentially benefit 2,00,000 patients as each of the 1,00,000 packs that will be available in India offers treatment for two patients," Cipla and Roche said in a joint statement. Cipla will distribute the product by leveraging its strong distribution strengths across the country, it added.

The price for each patient dose [a combined dose of 1,200 mg (600 mg of Casirivimab and 600 mg of Imdevimab)] will be ₹59,750, inclusive of all taxes. The maximum retail price for the multi dose pack (each pack can treat two patients) is ₹1,19,500, inclusive of all taxes. As per the statement, the drug will be available through leading hospitals and Covid treatment centres.

Emergency Use Authorisation

The Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) had recently provided an emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the Antibody Cocktail (Casirivimab and Imdevimab) in India. It has also received a EUA in the US and several EU countries.

“We are optimistic that the availability of Antibody Cocktail (Casirivimab and Imdevimab) in India can help in minimising hospitalisation, ease the burden on healthcare systems and play a key role in treatment of high risk patients before their condition worsens,” said V Simpson Emmanuel, Managing Director and CEO, Roche Pharma India.

Also read: Roche gets Emergency Use nod for Antibody Cocktail for mild-to-moderate Covid-19

Umang Vohra, MD and Global CEO, Cipla, said the company was looking forward to leveraging its solid marketing and distribution strengths in India to provide broader, equitable access to this innovative treatment option in the country.

The antibody cocktail is to be administered for the treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 in adults and paediatric patients (12 years of age or older, weighing at least 40 kg) who are confirmed to be infected with SARS-COV2 and who are at high risk of developing severe Covid-19 disease and do not require oxygen.

Vohra said the drug has been shown to help high-risk patients before their condition worsens, reducing the risk of hospitalisation and fatality by 70 per cent and shortening the duration of symptoms by four days.

Published on May 24, 2021

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