On Thursday, MSN Labs (MSN) announced it has entered into a royalty-free, non-exclusive, voluntary license agreement with Eli Lilly and the Company of the USA for the manufacturing and marketing of baricitinib for Covid-19 in India.
The drug baricitinib has been granted a restricted emergency use approval in India by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization for emergency use in combination with remdesivir for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 in hospitalized adults requiring supplemental oxygen, invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
“This collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company is a landmark milestone in India’s fight against Covid-19 and will thus help in increasing the availability and affordability of baricitinib,” said Dr. MSN Reddy, CMD – MSN Group.
MSN will be launching the product under the brand name Baridoz in two strengths 2 mg and 4mg. MSN has developed the active pharmaceutical ingredient and the formulation of baricitinib in its in-house R&D and manufacturing units.
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As part of the Covid treatment range, MSN has already launched Favilow (Favipiravir) in the strengths of 200mg, 400mg and 800mg and Oselow (Oseltamivir) as 75 mg capsules.