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WHO advises Regeneron for Covid19

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A panel from the World Health Organization recently recommended the use of Regeneron (REGN.O) and Roche’s (ROG.S) coronavirus antibody cocktail for people at extremely high risk. These are people with no natural antibodies but have severe illness, as well as patients at high hospitalization risk.


Emergency use authorization (EUA) has been granted in the United States for the treatment. It initially gained traction last year when it was used for former US President Donald Trump’s illness. Britain already approved it back in August, while Europe currently has it under review.


The treatment combines imdevimab and casirivimab. It’s based on a class of drugs that mimics a human body’s natural antibodies, called monoclonal antibodies.


The WHO panel said that “the recommendations should provide a stimulus to engage all possible mechanisms to improve global access to the intervention and associated testing.” This is in conjunction with how the treatment’s costs can add up.


In a statement, WHO called on Regeneron to equitably distribute the treatment globally, especially for countries with low and middle income. They also called on the firms to transfer tech for biosimilars to be made.


There was also a blatant ask for prices to be lowered considerably.


In the United States, the treatment is called REGEN-COV. Ronapreve has helped Regeneron earn billions in US sales during the second quarter alone. At present, 1.4 million additional REGEN-COV doses will be supplied by Regeneron to the US government by January of next year. The cost is at a little over $2,000 per dose.


Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a French medical charity, has reiterated the comments of WHO. They are demanding sustainable and affordable access to life-saving drugs during the pandemic.


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