Hetero presents positive results from Molnupiravir Phase III Studies at CROI 2022

Hetero, a globally renowned vertically integrated pharmaceutical organization today announced the positive results of Phase III trials of Hetero’s Movfor (Molnupiravir), an investigational oral antiviral COVID-19 medicine.

The results, presented as an Oral Abstract at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) held virtually February 12–16, 2022, demonstrated that Molnupiravir along with Standard of Care (SOC)reduced the risk of hospitalization by over 65% compared to SOC alone. Early viral clearance (negative RT-PCR) and significant clinical improvement were observed within 5 days of administering the antiviral drug. There were no fatalities reported during the study.

Under the Phase III trials, one of the studies included 1218 COVID-19 patients (with SPO2>93% and COVID-19 symptoms as per ICMR COVID-19 guidelines). The study enrolled eligible patients, within 5 days of symptom onset, and were administered with Molnupiravir capsules(800 mg twice daily) + Standard of Care (SOC) or SOC alone for 5 days.

*The standard of care (SOC) medication was administered as defined bythe Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)in its guidelines for COVID-19 patients, published at the time of study.

Hetero entered into a non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreement with MSD in April 2021 for the manufacturing and distribution of investigational oral therapeutic antiviral drug ‘Molnupiravir’ for the treatment of COVID-19. Under this licensing deal, Hetero was allowed to expand access of Molnupiravir in India and in other low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), following the approvals for emergency use authorization by local regulatory agencies.

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