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Pakistan

Pakistani pharma reaches agreement with Gilead to manufacture Remdesivir

Gilead has signed nonexclusive voluntary licenses agreements with five South Asian manufacturers - Hetero, Jubilant
Updated 15 May 2020
  • Gilead has signed nonexclusive voluntary licenses agreements with five South Asian manufacturers - Hetero, Jubilant Lifesciences, Cipla, Mylan and BFBL.

Pakistani pharmaceutical company Ferozsons Laboratories has reached an agreement with Gilead Science Inc for the manufacture and sale of Remdesivir in the country.

“BF Biosciences Limited (BFBL) a subsidiary of Ferozsons Laboratories Limited has successfully concluded its non-exclusive license agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc. for the manufacture and sale of Remdesivir under Gilead’s Global Patient Solutions Program serving the developing world,” state Ferozsons in its filing to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).

Gilead has signed nonexclusive voluntary licenses agreements with five South Asian manufacturers - Hetero, Jubilant Lifesciences, Cipla, Mylan and BFBL - to manufacture Remdesivir for distribution in 127 countries.

“Under the licensing agreements, the companies have a right to receive a technology transfer of the Gilead manufacturing process for Remdesivir to enable them to scale up production more quickly,” it added.

It may be mentioned here that Remdesivir has been granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and authorities in Japan to treat hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 disease. The optimal duration of treatment is still being studied in ongoing clinical trials. Under the EUA, both 5-day and 10-day treatment durations are suggested, based on the severity of disease.

“Once production starts, we are confident that BFBL will have sufficient quantities over time to serve the needs of the patients in Pakistan and access countries abroad,” stated Ferozsons.