Fujifilm to partner with Dr. Reddy's to sell Avigan overseas as COVID-19 treatmentFujifilm to partner with Dr. Reddy's to sell Avigan overseas as COVID-19 treatment
FILE PHOTO: Tablets of Avigan (generic name : Favipiravir), a drug approved as an anti-influenza drug in Japan and developed by drug maker Toyama Chemical Co, a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Co. are displayed during a photo opportunity in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Fujifilm Holdings Corp said on Wednesday it was partnering with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to sell the anti-flu drug Avigan in India and elsewhere to treat COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

The agreement provides for Fujifilm Toyama Chemical, a unit of the Japanese company, to grant Dr. Reddy’s and Dubai-based Global Response Aid the right to develop, make and sell Avigan overseas and get a lump-sum license fee and royalties on sales.

In June, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd received regulatory approval for favipiravir, the generic form of Avigan, as a treatment for mild-to-moderate virus infections in India.

Japanese approval of Avigan for virus treatment was delayed amid a lack of patients for clinical trials.

Fujifilm will allow Dr. Reddy’s to use its production patents as well as clinical data, the Japanese company said in a statement.

Dr. Reddy’s and GRA will use the data for clinical studies, targeting virus patients in India, the Middle East, and other regions.

(Reporting by Rocky Swift; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)