China Clears HIV Oral Antiviral For COVID, Vows More Drug Approvals
As the Communist Party of China gears up for its once in every five years National Congress late this fall, the need for more novel drugs to help address the persistent coronavirus pandemic is rising amid the country’s strict “COVID Zero” policies.
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Some of China's makers of COVID-19 antivirals are fast-tracking neutralizing antibodies and peptide fusion inhibitors in clinical trials, while vaccine developers are embroiled in a tougher situation against the mutating coronavirus.
Top-line results for two newly approved COVID-19 antivirals in China showed roughly 1.5- to two-day cuts in median time to symptom resolution or recovery in mild-to-moderate Omicron patients versus placebo.
The 2022 pricing negotiations for innovative drugs organized by China’s National Healthcare Security Administration have slashed prices of included products by 60% on average, a level mostly unchanged from the 2021 round, although 36% more novel medicines were covered.