Baricitinib drug covid: Eli Lilly signs licenses with a generic cos for the drug Covid | India Business News

Eli Lilly has signed royalty-free voluntary licenses to domestic manufacturers Cipla, Lupine and Sun Pharma to accelerate and expand the availability of baricitinib in India. Lilly is also in talks with other manufacturers for potential granting of additional voluntary licenses, according to a company statement. National companies will manufacture and distribute the drug in India. Pricing details were not disclosed.
Recently, Eli Lilly received restricted emergency use of baricitinib to be used in combination with remdesivir for the treatment of Covid in hospitalized adults requiring supplemental oxygen and invasive mechanical ventilation.
Significantly, Natco Pharma has filed for a compulsory license to manufacture baricitinib due to unmet medical need due to lack of supply as well as affordability. The app says Eli Lilly’s Olumiant is not made in India and less than 9,000 pills were imported in 2019 and 2020. The average price per pill is huge, around Rs 3,230.
Baricitinib was discovered by Incyte and cleared in Lilly. It is approved in India and other countries, including the United States, as a treatment for moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis.

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