The State drugs control squad had seized around 170 boxes containing around 17,000 allegedly fake Favipiravir tablets from the firm on June 10.
In India, five companies had entered into voluntary licensing agreements to produce generic versions of this drug.
The Prime Minister noted that at the president's request, the government is doing whatever is necessary to 'maintain the healthcare system for which the spread of the COVID needs to be controlled.
The data was drawn from 775 patients and reported that 7.3 percent of patients who received the drug were either hospitalized or died by day 29, as compared to 14.1 percent of the placebo patients.
This changed with the outbreak of Covid pandemic.
The team validated the 17 candidate compounds in several types of cells, including stem-cell derived human lung cells in an effort to mimic SARS-CoV2 infection of the respiratory tract.
However, doctors say that since the drug is not available in India and has to be imported, it may not be practical in our country’s context.
Mizoram Health Minister R Lalthangliana said it was unfortunate that a number of trucks carrying life-saving drugs, medicines, and oxygen cylinders are still stuck at the interstate border.
The researchers noted that the drug if cleared in clinical trials, may be useful in people for whom vaccines aren't suitable, those with hyper-immune disorders or people on immuno-suppressants.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) drug for emergency use as an adjunct therapy in moderate to severe coronavirus patients in early May.
Though it was found to be effective in reducing deaths among Covid patients with comorbidities, if given at an early stage of infection, barely 800 patients have been given the drug so far.
Cricketer-turned-politician and BJP leader Gautam Gambhir is one of the trustees. The prosecution against Kumar is for similar offences, according to the response submitted by the DDCD.
The latest study, published in the journal Science Signaling, provides critical information that could aid drug development against future coronaviruses as well as SARS-CoV-2.
The study shows that the use of protease inhibitors - a class of antiviral drugs that prevent viral reproduction - had significantly increased survival and decreased lung viral quantity in animals.
Experts say govt must store up essentials and form multi-pronged approach to combat pandemic and prevent illegal hoarding of supplies