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Cadila Healthcare at the forefront, looks at biologic drug to treat Covid

Company is already working on developing 2 vaccine candidates, diagnostic kits and also making HCQ

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Cadila Healthcare has been commercially making Pegylated Interferon alpha 2b under the brand name PegiHep

Sohini Das Mumbai
Ahmedabad-based pharmaceutical major Cadila Healthcare has emerged at the forefront of India’s battle to fight the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). After announcing research on two vaccine candidates, work on developing rapid diagnostic kits and ramping up production of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the company is now exploring the use of a biologic drug Interferon alfa-2b to treat Covid-19.
Recent studies have shown evidence of a direct antiviral effect of Interferon alfa-2b against the new coronavirus. Cadila Healthcare (Zydus Cadila) has been commercially making Pegylated Interferon alfa-2b under the brand name Pegihep since 2011 for the treatment of Hepatitis B and C, with 150,000

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First Published: Apr 20 2020 | 12:25 PM IST

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