Optimus Pharma on the 19th of May 2021 received DCGI nod for conducting Phase III Clinical Trials for orally administered Molnupiravir capsules on patients with Mild to Moderate Covid-19 patients. With severe shortage of antiviral drugs in the market against the SARS-CoV-2 infection, it is imperative that more drugs with potent antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 be introduced
Optimus Pharma said having internally developed the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and the formulations for the product, it had filed for clinical trials with the DCGI. The regulator gave nod for conducting the trial on mild to moderate patients.
As per the clinical trial protocol approved, 2500 subjects with mild to moderate COVID-19 will be randomised in the study in a 1:1 ratio to Molnupiravir with standard supportive care or standalone standard supportive care. The treatment duration is a maximum of 05 days and the total study duration will be maximum for 29 days from randomisation, the release said.
“Optimus is all geared to immediately begin clinical trials on Molnupiravir on COVID-19 patients in India. The clinical trial will let us know the efficacy of this molecule on COVID-19 patients,” Chairman & Managing Director – Dr D Srinivas Reddy said.
In the previous press release, company stated that Molnupiravir demonstrated highly promising results in reducing viral load to 0.0% in merely 5 days of treatment duration. Based on completed phase 2 part clinical studies, proposed dosage is 800mg twice daily which significantly reduces viral culture in infected patients not progressing into ARDS.
Optimus Pharma is one of the largest manufacturers of the highly successful SARS-CoV-2 antiviral drug without compromising on quality as is the case with Favipiravir (sold under the brand – FAVICOVID). The company aims to do the same with Molnupiravir to cater to the rising demand of Anti-Viral drugs against SARS-CoV-2 in the Indian market.
With the cooperation of the government and the stakeholders, and a special thanks to the Subject Expert Committee of the CDSCO for their valuable contribution and their recommendations to the project, the management hopes to deliver the product in India by leveraging the solid distribution strength across the country.