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Zydus gets nod from Mexican authority for Covid-19 therapy clinical trials

Drug firm Zydus Cadila said it has received approval from Mexico's regulatory authority Cofepris to conduct clinical trials with its biological therapy "Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b"

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Drug firm on Friday said it has received approval from Mexico's regulatory authority Cofepris to conduct in the Latin American country with its biological therapy "Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b" for treatment of COVID-19.

Clinical and regulatory development of the therapy in COVID-19 is being executed in by Avant Sant Research Center S.A. de C.V., a contract research organisation (CRO) headquartered in Monterrey,

In a regulatory filing, said it had received approval from the Mexican regulatory authority Cofepris to conduct with its biological therapy, Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b, 'PegiHepTM'.

It added that this will be an open-label, randomised, comparator controlled study... to evaluate safety, efficacy and tolerability in patients with COVID-19.

Zydus had earlier approached the Drug Controller General of India to investigate the role of Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b for COVID-19 and the are now underway, the company said.

It is also working with the US Food and Drug Administration to open an investigational new drug application for Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b.

Earlier this month, had also received approval from Cofepris to test one of its lead research candidate Desidustat in the management of COVID-19.

Shares of Cadila Healthcare, the listed entity of the group, were trading 1.14 per cent higher at Rs 365.05 apiece on BSE.

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First Published: Fri, July 17 2020. 11:48 IST