Zydus Cadila gets nod for ZyCoV-D DNA COVID vaccine

Zydus Cadila has finally said it got Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from Indian authorities to administer ZyCoV-D — the world’s first DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine — for both adults and teenagers. This is the first time any COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for those below 18 years of age in India. The approval has been given […]

Cadila Healthcare hopes to get Zydus COVID vaccine approval in 1-2 weeks

Cadila Healthcare MD Sharvil Patel said the company has started stockpiling the ZyCoV-D COVID vaccine, and is in the process of providing additional data to drug regulators and hopes to get the shot approved in one or two weeks. If approved, ZyCoV-D will become the first vaccine anywhere in the world to use DNA to […]

COVID-19: Zydus Cadila’s DNA vaccine shows 100% efficacy in teens

Indian Pharmaceutical major Zydus Cadila has become the world’s first to seek approval for a DNA-based vaccine against COVID-19, with trials indicating 100% efficacy in adolescents against moderate disease after three doses. The vaccine, which is likely to be approved by Indian authorities, also promises relief for those afraid of needles, as it can be […]

Dr Reddy’s launches 2DG Covid drug for Rs 990

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, one of India’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, commercially launched 2DG COVID-19 treatment today, starting with the bigger cities. The drug, formulated by DRDO’s Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences in collaboration with Dr Reddy’s, is supposed to reduce the viral load in patients suffering from COVID-19. The drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose, is supposed to […]

COVID second-wave impact temporary: Bharat Forge

Baba Kalyani, chairman and managing director of India’s largest forging and metal components manufacturer Bharat Forge, today expressed the opinion that the current economic setback on account of the second wave of COVID-19 is of a temporary nature. “The lock down in India to curtail the spread of Covid has clearly had an impact on […]

PVR issues profit warning, all screens remain shut

PVR, India’s No.1 film exhibitor, said it has put on hold all construction and other capital expenditure related to new projects and screens, and issued a profit warning for the current quarter on account of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The Company opened 13 new screens in FY’21 which were already under fit-out prior to lockdown. […]

Wockhardt says in talks with COVID-19 vaccine makers

Mumbai-based pharmaceuticals manufacturer Wockhardt officially confirmed that it is indeed in negotiations with multiple companies to explore the option of manufacturing their COVID-19 vaccines. The confirmation comes in the wake of recent media reports quoting government sources that the company had suggested to the government that it can divert some of its manufacturing capacities for […]

Natco Pharma starts Ph III trial of new COVID drug molnupiravir

Less than a month after it approved for clinical trial approval, Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma said it has begun dosing patients in its phase III clinical trial for molnupiravir, a promising candidate for treating COVID-19 that is being studied across the world. Phase III trial data can be submitted to regulatory agencies for seeking approval of […]

COVID-19: Eli Lilly lets Torrent Pharma manufacture Bartinicib

A week after Natco Pharma sought a compulsory license from government of India to manufacture COVID treatment drug Baricitinib, the US firm holding the rights to the drug — Eli Lilly — seems to have agreed to let several companies to manufacture and sell the drug. Baricitinib is used for treating joint inflammation in rheumatoid […]

Lockdown blues spells boon for matrimony sites

COVID-19 season has failed to make any dent in the growth of India’s matchmaking websites such as Matrimony.com, the largest. Going by the numbers, youngsters in the country seem to be finding more time for online matching making services during the COVID-19 era than ever before. In a year when most companies have seen double-digit […]

Blue Star says second wave a challenge, moderates project execution

Blue Star, one of India’s largest refrigeration and air conditioning companies, said it is moderating the pace of execution of large contracts to keep it in sync with clients’ ability to pay, and also said the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a challenge to the growth trend seen in recent months. Chief […]

Natco Pharma seeks compulsory license for COVID-19 drug

Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma said it has decided to seek a compulsory license from the government of India to manufacture Baricitinib tablets to treat COVID-19 patients. Compulsory licensing is an internationally recognized patent provision under which the government of a country can give permission to a company to manufacture a patent-protected product for emergency use if […]

Kerala bypasses Cowin portal to prioritize second vaccine dose

Faced with a supply squeeze for COVID-19 vaccines, the Kerala government has virtually stopped taking new registration COVID-19 vaccinations on the Cowin website, and is reserving most of the stocks for providing the second dose to those who have already taken the first. The state has been forced to more or less abandon the central-government’s […]

ACC says ‘cautiously optimistic’ despite COVID surge

ACC, one of India’s largest cement makers, said it maintains a ‘cautious yet positive’ outlook on the market for the coming months despite the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases in the country. “The Company believes that the Government is taking all possible steps to intensify the vaccination program and control the spread of Covid. With […]

TCS employees stay put amid pandemic uncertainties

Tata Consultancy Services, the largest India-based provider of IT and outsourcing services, reported its lowest ever IT employee churn numbers even as the world grappled with economic uncertainties caused by a pandemic. For the year ended March, the company lost just 7.2% of its employees. Typically, IT companies see attrition levels of nearly double that. […]