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Psoriasis injection okayed for limited use to treat Covid-19 patients: Drug controller

"The approval was given after its clinical trials on COVID-19 patients in India was found satisfactory by the expert committee comprising pulmonologists, pharmacologists and medicine experts from AIIMS, among others, for treatment of cytokine release syndrome," an official said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2020 12:11:08 pm
psoriasis injection okayed, psoriasis injection, psoriasis injection for covid, psoriasis injection for covid 19, psoriasis injection okayed or covid patients, Coronavirus treatment, coronavirus treatment in india, coronavirus treatment india “It is already an approved drug of Biocon for treating psoriasis for last many years,” the official said.

India’s drug regulator has approved Itolizumab, used to cure skin ailment psoriasis, for restricted emergency use on COVID-19 patients with moderate to severe acute respiratory distress, officials said.

Considering the unmet medical needs to treat COVID-19, Drugs Controller General of India Dr V G Somani approved monoclonal antibody injection Itolizumab for restricted emergency use for the treatment of ‘cytokine’ release syndrome in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome patients due to COVID-19, they said on Friday.

“The approval was given after its clinical trials on COVID-19 patients in India was found satisfactory by the expert committee comprising pulmonologists, pharmacologists and medicine experts from AIIMS, among others, for treatment of cytokine release syndrome,” an official told PTI.

“It is already an approved drug of Biocon for treating psoriasis for last many years,” the official said.

Written informed consent of each patient is required before the use of this drug, he said.

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