Drugs In Short Supply As China Hunkers Down For COVID Surge
Black Market Generic Paxlovid Sells Out
As citizens in China grapple with the virtual end of pandemic restrictions and rush for medicines from cold remedies to traditional options, even some prescription antivirals such as Paxlovid are appearing online, while cheaper but unauthorized Indian generic versions have quickly sold out. Meanwhile, a renewed vaccination effort is targeting high-risk individuals and second booster shots as the country faces a huge surge in cases.
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It’s been a year since Paxlovid was launched and The Medicines Patent Pool licensed Pfizer’s nirmatrelvir. Scrip looks at a few likely reasons for authorized generics of Paxlovid not turning up and what lies ahead in 2023 as Hetero's version becomes the first with WHO Prequalification while two Chinese and a Korean company wait in the wings.
After China eased its "COVID Zero" policies, infections have surged in Beijing, Guangzhou and other cities, likely prompting the National Health Security Administration to delay the closely-watched annual drug reimbursement pricing negotiations. Meanwhile, Pfizer has signed a new distribution deal with state-owned Meheco to meet surging demand for its oral antiviral Paxlovid in the country, while at least two domestically developed mRNA vaccines are now awaiting approval. Also, Chinese biotechs are looking at three main methods of surviving and thriving.