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Natco Pharma inks a deal with MPP to manufacture and sell Molnupiravir capsules

This agreement allows Natco to expand access to Covid-19 medicines in 105 countries in generic name.

January 21, 2022 10:08 IST | India Infoline News Service
Natco Pharma Limited has announced on Thursday that it has signed a non-exclusive licenses agreement with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), Switzerland. MPP had taken license from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (MSD), USA for the same.

Natco with this license agreement can manufacture and sell molnupiravir Capsules 200 mg. for Indian market, which will be sold under brand name MOLNUNAT for treatment of Covid 19 infection with Sp02>93% and who have high risk of progression of the disease including hospitalization or death.

This agreement allows Natco to expand access to Covid-19 medicines in 105 countries in generic name. Under the license, Natco can set its own price for the generic products it produces, paying a royalty on sales to MSD.

MSD, Ridgeback Biotherapeutics and Emory University will not receive royalties for sales of molnupiravir under this agreement for as long as COVID-19 remains classified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization.

At around 10:07 AM, Natco Pharma was trading at Rs911.15 per piece down by Rs6.75 or 0.74% on Sensex.

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