Islamabad: Health Minister Dr. Zafar Mirza specifically stated on Friday that a Pakistani pharmaceutical company will start producing the coronavirus drug rimcivir within two months.
He said at a news conference: “The American company Gilead has produced this drug and has proven to be effective in treating patients with coronavirus.” “It is said that the use of this drug is in US hospitals (where it has been tested). The strength of the coronavirus is reduced by 30%. “
Dr. Mirza said that five companies in the world have obtained permission to produce this drug. He said: “Among the five companies that have obtained drug production licenses, one of them is a Pakistani company.”
He said that the drug will be registered in Pakistan and produced within six to eight weeks before being used by patients with COVID-19 in Pakistan.
“American company Gilead has manufactured this drug and it has proven effective in treating coronavirus patients,” he said during a press conference. “It is said that the use of the drug has reduced the intensity of the coronavirus by 30% in American hospitals [where they were tested].”
Osman Khalid Waheed, chief executive of Ferozsons Laboratories Limited, said this was the company’s goal to sell the drug at the lowest cost.
Abdul Razzak Dawood, business, textile and investment prime minister adviser, said the moment Pakistan companies and the country ’s pharmaceutical industry are proud is when a Pakistani company has become a licensee for coronavirus drugs .
He said this is the government’s goal of diversifying exports, including medicines. He said: “This is not only good news for the Pakistani people, but also good news for all countries in the world.”