DGCI approved drug trial of phytopharmaceutical, favipiravir to treat COVID-19 patient

With this approval, CSIR will begin the clinical trial of two drugs to treat COVID-19 patients. The drug trial will begin soon.
Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: May 10, 2020 09:00:09 am

10 May 2020 Current Affairs:The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) approved the clinical trials of the drugs namely, phytopharmaceutical and favipiravir for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). 
 
Highlights:
♦ With this approval, CSIR will begin the clinical trial of two drugs to treat COVID-19 patients. The drug trial will begin soon. CSIR has already been working with pharmaceutical companies for the solution to control COVID-19. 
♦ Favipiravir is a proven anti-influenza drug used in Japan, China, and other countries .
♦ CSIR is also exploring a native herb as a biological medicine or phytopharmaceutical. It is already being tested as medicine for dengue for its efficacy to combat COVID-19. It is a herbal medicine extracted from plants.
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