.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A health worker takes nasal sample for COVID-19 testing at a Regional Hospital in Kullu. (PTI Photo)

  • Doctors can use the drug for patients who are receiving systemic corticosteroids and require supplemental oxygen
  • The drug would be available under brand name Tocira
  • It will be available from September end

.Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Hetero is a Hyderabad, Telangana-based pharmaceutical company. (Photo Credit: Unsplash/Representational)

  • The DCGI has approved the generic version of Hetero's Tocilizumab for treating COVID in hospitalised adults 
  • The drug will be marketed by 'Hetero Healthcare', an associated comapany
  • The firm's biologics arm, 'Hetero Biopharma' will manufacture the drug

.Hyderabad, Telangana, India
People wait in queues to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Prataparh district of Rajasthan. (PTI Photo)

  • An interim data from a trial of the drug revealed that it helped reduce hospitalisations
  • Molnupiravir, an antiviral drug, is being developed by Merck & Co and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics
  • The drug is currently being tested in a global late-stage study