Lee Pharma has entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement with the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), a constituent laboratory of CSIR, to manufacture and commercialise 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (2-DG) recently developed by DRDO and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to treat COVID patients, informed a statement.
The drug has received approval for use in COVID-19 patients. It has been found to help speed up recovery and reduce oxygen dependence, and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has launched the drug in the form of sachets.
Lee Pharma informed that they would file the application for getting approval from the drug regulator.
Lee Pharma will manufacture and commercialise the 2-DG sachets from their formulation facility located at SEZ, Duvvada, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, which has accreditation by global regulatory agencies, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said in a statement.
Srivari Chandrashekar, Director CSIR-IICT said, “There is role of CSIR in development of 2-DG, as CSIR-CCMB tested the drug on SARS-CoV-2 viral cultures”.
“The CSIR has been engaged in the development of drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 and has undertaken many clinical trials for repurposed drugs. Additionally, this agreement with Lee Pharma is towards increasing affordable therapeutic options for treatment of COVID-19,” he said.
(Edits by EP News Bureau)