Japan's Shionogi to make 1 million doses of new Covid-19 treatment by early 2022

  • Japan
  • Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021

The pharmaceutical company plans to submit the drug for regulatory approval in Japan by the end of this year. - AFP

TOKYO (Reuters): Japan's Shionogi & Co Ltd said on Wednesday (Sept 29) it plans to make at least 1 million doses of a new antiviral treatment for Covid-19 for domestic use by March 2022.

The company plans to submit the drug, a protease inhibitor known as S-217622, for regulatory approval in Japan by the end of this year, Chief Executive Isao Teshirogi said at a briefing.

Shionogi started Phase II/III trials of the drug in Japan on Monday. The company is also planning global late-stage trials ahead of filings in the United States and Europe.

The drug can be taken in pill form and is intended for patients in the early stages of Covid-19, compared with antibody treatments that have to be infused by medical staff and are reserved for more serious cases.

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