FDA approves generic counterparts of tocilizumab, baricitinib


The Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) assured the general public that there are sufficient provides of medical grade oxygen and antiviral medicine used for COVID-19 therapy.

Throughout President Rodrigo Duterte’s public deal with on Monday (Sept. 21), FDA Director-Common Eric Domingo mentioned it has accredited generic counterparts of anti-inflammatory medicine tocilizumab and baricitinib.

“Mayroon na po tayo ngayong na-approve na mga generic na counterparts po nitong mga gamot na ‘to para po mas marami na ang ma-import dito sa atin and on the similar time, nakapag-invite pa po tayo ng ibang mga candidates,” Domingo mentioned.

He additionally assured that the FDA is in coordination with producers to expedite and regulate the availability of oxygen tanks within the nation. 

“Happily hindi naman po tayo umabot sa crucial level na talagang nag-aagawan ng oxygen. Pero para rin po sigurado lang tayo sa provide, ine-expedite natin ngayon ‘yung approval, tinutulungan po natin ‘yung mga oxygen crops para makapag-manufacture nang mas marami,” Domingo mentioned.

Earlier, the Division of Well being (DOH) mentioned the native producer of tocilizumab introduced a scarcity of provide till December this yr.

Based on Well being Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the DOH is in coordination with the personal sector in sourcing out various medicine from completely different nations.

READ MORE: DOH faces supply shortage of therapeutic drug tocilizumab

– Report from Mark Fetalco / CF – jlo

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