Minister of State Shri Mansukh Mandaviya today assured that the Government is monitoring supply of each COVID-19 Essential Drug. All drugs used in the management of COVID-19 are now available in India by ramping up production and increasing the imports. The availability of these drugs is being monitored by implementing three-pronged strategy of Supply Chain Management, Demand Side Management and Affordability.

Protocol Drugs: 

  1. Remdesivir
  2. Enoxaparin
  3. MethylPrednisolone
  4. Dexamethasone
  5. Tocilizumab
  6. Ivermectin

Non-protocol Drugs: 

  1. Favipiravir
  2. Amphotericin
  3. Apixaban

CDSCO and NPPA are coordinating with manufacturers to enhance production and getting data about current stock, current capacities, Projected production for the May, 2021.

Remdesivir: 

  • Number of plants producing Remdesivir increased from 20 to 60 resulting in 3 times more availability in just 25 days.
  • Production ramped up 10 times, from 10 lakhs vials/month in April’21 to ~1 crore/ month in May’21.

Toscilizumab injection:

  • It  is made available in the country by importing 20 times more than what was being done in normal times.

Dexamethasone 0.5 mg tablets:

  • Production enhanced from 6-8 times within a month

Dexamethasone Injection production ramped up almost 2 times.
Enoxaparin Injection production increased 4 times in mere one month.
Methyl Prednisolone Injection:

  • Production increased almost 3 times in a months time.

Ivermectin 12 mg tab production enhanced in the country by ~5 times within a month from 150 lakhs in April to 770 lakhs in May,2021.
Favirpiravir:

  • A non-protocol drug but it is used to lower the virus load .
  • The production increased 4 times within a month
  • From 326.5 lakh in April,21 to 1644 lakh in May,21.

Amphoterecin B Injection: 

  • Production ramped up ~ 3 times in a month.
  • 3.80 lakh vials are in production and
  • 3 lakh vials are being imported
  • Total 6.80 lakh vials will be available in the country.
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