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Dr Reddys Lab gets DCGI nod for Phase 3 COVID vaccine trial

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The drug major on Friday said that it received an approval from the Drugs Control General of India (DCGI) to conduct phase 3 clinical trial for the Sputnik V vaccine in India.

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories said the phase 3 study of Sputnik V will be conducted on 1500 subjects as part of the randomized, doubleblind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study in India.

The Hyderabad based drug maker further said that the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) reviewed the safety data from the phase 2 clinical trial of the vaccine and recommended the phase 3 recruitment. In its report, the DSMB concluded that no safety concerns were identified and the study met the primary endpoints of safety.

Commenting on the development, G V Prasad, Co-chairman and MD said, "This is an important milestone in the progress of this pivotal clinical trial of the vaccine. We expect to commence the phase 3 study within this month and will continue to fast-track our efforts to bringing in a safe and efficacious vaccine for the Indian population."

Earlier in September 2020, Dr. Reddy's partnered with Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to conduct the clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine and for its distribution rights in India. Sputnik V developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology was registered by the Ministry of Health of Russia and became the world's first registered vaccine against COVID-19 based on the established human adenoviral vector platform. The vaccine's efficacy is confirmed at 91.4% based on data analysis of the final control point of clinical trials in Russia. Currently, the vaccine's clinical trials are underway in the UAE, Egypt, Venezuela and Belarus while it has been registered in Algeria, Argentina, Belarus, Bolivia and Serbia for inoculation.

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories is an integrated pharmaceutical company. On a consolidated basis, Dr Reddy's Laboratories' net profit dropped 30.30% to Rs 771.80 crore on 2% increase in net sales to Rs 4,896.70 crore in Q2 September 2020 over Q2 September 2019.

Shares of Dr. Reddy's fell 1.93% at Rs 5207.60 on Friday.

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First Published: Sat, January 16 2021. 09:58 IST
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