MENU

Hungary Starts Clinical Trials for COVID-19 Drug

Developed by Local Pharmaceutical Company Richter Gedeon

D&T
October 16, 2020

Hungarian health authorities have given green light to the clinical trial of a coronavirus drug manufactured by local pharmaceutical company Richter Gedeon. The drug containing the antiviral agent remdesivir may thus become available to Hungarian patients. Remdesivir is the most effective drug known to date in the treatment of coronavirus infections.

Hungary’s largest drug maker, Richter Gedeon has launched local production of one of the most effective drugs against the coronavirus at full speed. Following five months of painstaking research, experts at Richter have managed to synthetize remdesivir, the most promising antiviral agent used in the treatment of patients suffering from coronavirus infection. US President Donald Trump was also treated with remdesivir after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The European Commission announced in July that it had authorized the conditional marketing of a medicine called Veklury, which contains the active substance remdesivir, for the treatment of severe coronavirus infections. Coronavirus patients who had been on ventilator recovered after approximately 11 days following treatment with the drug, according the EU data.

Proven efficiency
International research has shown that the drug is highly effective against the coronavirus, reducing the risk of death by up to 50%. Remdesivir is the first clinically proven agent to accelerate patient recovery and consistently reduce the mortality rate, Zsuzsa Beke, communications director at Richter told news portal index.hu. Conducting clinical trials, however, is not Richter's responsibility; it is up to health authorities to orchestrate this process. Under an agreement signed with the government in the spring, Richter hands over the drugs that it produces to the state and the medicine is not available for sale in pharmacies.
The announcement that clinical trials can commence comes as the second wave of the pandemic is engulfing Hungary and the number of confirmed cases and deaths is rising steeply. By October 15, Hungary has recorded a total of 41,732 people with confirmed coronavirus infection since the start of the pandemic, and 1,052 have succumbed to the illness, according to official government figures. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán warned in early October that the pandemic is set to deteriorate over the coming months and a vaccine was not likely to be developed before the summer of 2021.

Clinical trial
Seven universities and institutes have been granted approval to start clinical trials of the drug, including the University of Szeged, Semmelweis University in Budapest, the University of Debrecen and the University of Pécs, as well as the South Pest Center Hospital, the National Korányi Institute of Pulmonology and Szent János Hospital, the latter two located in the capital. The drug will be administered to patients who have already reached the age of 12 and whose condition is moderate or severe. The selected patients will receive the drug in the form of an infusion for 5-10 days. The drug needs to pass several clinical trial phases before it can be widely used.

Fighting the virus on many fronts
Richter is currently working on five research and development projects that are aimed at the development or large-scale production of therapies for the treatment of coronavirus patients. The company works together with experts from various universities across the country and receives financial support from the state for some of the projects. In addition to the remdesivir development, Richter is also a member of a consortium working on the domestic development of the Japanese active substance favipiravir. This project is currently underway and Richter assists the research in the field of active ingredient manufacturing. The company is also active in a biosimilar drug development called tocilizumab. Zsuzsa Beke emphasized that tocilizumab is primarily used for the treatments in the field of rheumatology, but it may also be administered to COVID patients who show inflammatory symptoms as a result of the viral infection. The Budapest-based company is also involved in the production of a coronavirus vaccine through its joint venture with Helm AG. They reached an agreement in April with US-registered INOVIO to manufacture a DNA-based vaccine. This vaccine is currently under development and is expected to enter phase 3 of the clinical trial before the end of the year.

D&T

No comment yet. Be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

7 + seven =

  • Top 5 Articles


  • Articles by Date

  • Hashtags

    #Abel Prize #Academy #Academy Awards #Accenture #Accident #acquisition #Adrian Ellis #Adriana Gonzalez #Advanced Power AG #Adventure #Advertising #Advertorial #Aerospace industry #Afghanistan #Africa #Agency #Agrarian industry #Agreement #Agricultural machinery #agriculture #Ahna Capri #air cargo #Air navigation #Air traffic #Air transport #air travel #Airbus Helicopters Hungary Ltd. #Airline industry #Airplane Gizi #airport cargo #Albania #Alberto Vercelli #Aldi #Alexander Tolkach #Aliza Bin-Noun #Allison Transmission Ltd. #ALTEO Plc. #Ambassador David B. Cornstein #Ambassador David Nájera #Ambassador Kumar Tuhin #Ambassador Kyoo Sik Choe #Ambassador Massimo Rustico #Ambassador of India #Ambassador of Malaysia #Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Hungary #Ambassadors #Ambassadors in Budapest #AmCham #American Airlines #American football #Amos Oz #Andersen Consulting #András Simor #Andrea Jádi #Andrew G. Vajna #Angela Merkel #Angola #Animal husbandry #Animals #Ankita Sood #Anna Nánási #Anna Olasz #anniversary #Annual report #Antal Dreher #Antal Rogán #Antal Vöneki #Anthony Nolan foundation #Antro Moveo #Anunciada Fernández de Córdova #ANY Security Printing Company Plc. #Appeninn Asset Management Holding Plc. #Apple Design Awards #Ararat #archeological excavations #Archeology #Ariston Thermo Group #Armenia #Arms trade #Arraiolos Group #Arrow Architects #art gallery #Art Hall #Art treasure #ASEAN #Asset management #Association of Immortal Hungarian Athletes #Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Manufacturers #aston martin #Astronomy #Athlete of the Nation #Attila Grandpierre #Attila Mesterházy #Auchan Hungary #Audi #Audi Hungaria #August 20th #August 20th national holiday #Australia #Austria #Automobile industry #Automobile sales #automobile trade #automotive #Automotive industry #Automotive sector #AutoWallis #AutoWallis Group #Avatar #Aviation industry #Award #Azerbaijan
    #bag tag #bakery #Balassagyarmat #Balaton #Bálint gazda (Master Bálint) #Ballet company of Gyõr #Bálna event center #Baltic Sea Festival #Baltic states #Ban Ki-moon #Ban on hospital visits #Bank for International Settlements #bank loan #Bank of China #Bank transfer #Banking #Banking sector #Banking system #banknotes #Barack Obama #BASF #basketball #battery production #Battle of Mohács #Bayern Munich #BBC #Beer #Béla Bartók #Belgium #Bell Food Group #Benelux #Béres Pharmaceuticals #Best of Budapest and Hungary #BHS Trans Limited #bicycle #Bicycle path #bilateral agreement #Bilateral relations #Bio ethanol #Biotechnology #Bisnode Hungary #Bisserka Benisheva #BKV #Black Ribbon Day #Blood donation #BMW #BMW cars #BMW Group #Bocuse d’Or #Bocuse d’Or Europe 2020 #Boglárka Kapás #Bond issue #bond market #book festival #book review #Border closure #Border control #border crossing #BorderLINE Architecture #Bozsik Stadium #brandy #Brazil #Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) #Breast cancer #Breeding #Brexit #British Ambassador #British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary #British Council #British Telecom #Broadband internet #Bronislaw Komorowski #Buda Castle #Buda Hills #Budakalász #Budapest #Budapest Airport #Budapest Airport Co. Ltd. #Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BKIK) #Budapest City Branding Nonprofit Ltd. (BVA) #Budapest Dessert competition #Budapest Eurogames 2012 #Budapest Festival Orchestra #Budapest film #Budapest Fire Service #Budapest ghetto #Budapest Highland Golf Club #Budapest hospitals #Budapest Jewish Community (BZSH) #Budapest Marathon #Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony #Budapest Millennium Underground #Budapest Municipality #Budapest ONE office building #Budapest Opera Ball #Budapest sights #Budapest Sports Office #Budapest Stock Exchange #Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra #Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) #Budapest Week Publishing #Budapest Wine Festival #Budapest Zoo #Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden #Buddhism #budget #Budget policy #Building supplies #Bulgaria #Bundesliga (Austria) #burglary #Buses #business #Business club #business costs #Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) #Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary’s (BCSDH) #Business environment #Business promotion #Business services #Businesspeople #Busójárás #Butterfly Garden
    #cable car #campaign financing #Canada #Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary #cancellation #Cancún Climate Summit #Canoe #capacity increase #Capital Circus of Budapest #Capital injection #car market #car racing #car rental #car sales #car sharing service #Car trade #carbon neutrality #Card payments #Carl Bildt #Carl Lutz #Carnival season #cars #Cartel #Cash #Cash payment #CEE region #Celldömölk #Census #Center for Budapest Transport (BKK) #Center of Excellence #Central Bank #Central Europe #Central European Initiative #Central European Press and Media Foundation (Kesma) #Central European University #Central European University (CEU) #Central Statistical Office #Ceremony #CERN #Cervantes Institute #Cetelem Bank #Chamber #Chamber of commerce #Champagne #Chang Sun Dong #Charbel Stephan #Charity #Chemical Industry #Chemistry #Chervon Auto #chess #Chief Medical Officer Cecíla Müller #Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller #China #Christian Mühlethaler #Christmas #chronic patient #Chung-ha Suh #CIG Pannonia Life Insurance Plc. #cigarettes #cinema culture #Citibank #City diplomacy #Civil engineering #Civil Movement #Civilian engineering #CLA 250 e Coupé #CLA 250 e Shooting Brake #climate change #CMS Cameron McKenna #cobot #Code of Civil Procedure #Collector coins #Colleen Bell #Colliers International #Colorful City Group #columbia #Commemoration #Commemorative coin #Commerce #Commercial accommodation #Commercial Award of Excellence for Hungarian Products #Communications #Competition #Competitiveness #Concert #Conference #Conscious Consumption #Constitution #Constitutional Court #Construction #Construction industry #Consuls #Consultancy #consumer confidence index #Consumer prices #Contactless payments #contemporary art #contest #Convention tourism #Convertiplane #COP26 #Cordia #Corinthia Hotel Budapest #coronavirus #Coronavirus epidemic #Coronavirus test #Corporate issues #corporate merger #Corporate real estate #Corporate social responsibility (CSR) #Corruption #Count Andrássy Picnic #countryside #Courts #Covid-19 coronavirus #Covid-19 pandemic #Crime #crisis #Crisis management #Croatia #cronyism #Csodalámpa (Magic Lamp) Foundation #Csopak #Csurgó #cultural festival #cultural institute #Cultural Interview #Culture #currency #Customer service #customs service
    #D.C. #DAB+ #Dag Hartelius #Daikin #daily death toll #Daily record of infections #Dalai Lama #Dániel Gyurta #Danube #Danube Bend #Danube cruise #Danube Ingrid #Darfur region #David Cornstein #Death #Debrecen #Debrecen Carnival of Flower #Debt #decision-making #Deckscreen #Defense #defense industry #Deloitte #Deloitte Digital Hungary #Deloitte Hungary #Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA list #Delta Group #Democracy #Democrats Abroad-Hungary #Demonstration #Denmark #Denso Manufacturing Hungary #dental tourism #Deputy CEO of the Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ) #Derks Wilhelmus Jose­phus #Design #Design Without Borders #Deutsche Telekom #Deutsche Telekom IT and Telecommunications Hungary #Deutscher Wirtschaftsclub – DWC #Development program #Development project #Digital banking #digital channels #digital classroom #Digital education #Digital work schedule #Digitalization #Dimitris Yannakakis #dinosaurs #Diósgyőr Castle #Diplomacy #Diplomacy and Trade Business Club ('The Club') #Diplomatic credentials #Diplomatic Spouses of Budapest #Disability Caucus #Disadvantaged people #Disaster #Disaster Management #Disaster management legislation #disinfectant #Dividend payments #Domestic issues #Domestic tourism #Dominik Szoboszlai #donation #Dongwha Electrolyte #Dr. Andrea Jádi Németh #Dr. György Kárpáti #Dr. István Béres #Dr. János Szlávik #Dr. László Szabó #Dreher Beer Museum #Dreher Breweries #Drugs #DT April 2009 #DT April 2010 #DT April 2011 #DT Business & Culture Club #DT December 2009 #DT February 2009 #DT February 2012 #DT January 2011 #DT January-February 2013 #DT July-August 2011 #DT June 2009 #DT June 2011 #DT March 2011 #DT May 2010 #DT May 2011 #DT November 2010 #DT October 2008 #DT October-November 2011 #DT September 2009 #Dual education #Duna Elektronika #Duna House #Dyntell Hungary Ltd.
    #e-mobility #E.ON #East Central Europe #Easter #EBITDA #ECOFIN #Ecology #Economic forecast #economic reform #Economic relations #Economic sentiment index #Economy #Edit Herczog #Education #Eger #Egg #Egyházasrádóc #Egypt #Eisberg #EIT Health #Elderly home #Elections #Elections in Hungary #Electric batteries #Electric charger #Electric vehicle battery #Electric vehicles #Electricity #Electricity grid #electricity industry #Electro-mobility #Electrolux #Electronic industry #Electronic payment #Electronic Payment Service Providers’ Association (EFISZ) #Electronic Payment Strategy (EPS) #Electronics industry #Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis #ELTE #Embassy of Spain in Budapest #EMEA region #Emergency #Emigration #Emmy Awards #Employees’ rights #Employment #Enda Kenny #Endre Szemerédi #Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative (EEMI) #Energy Efficient Mortgages Pilot Scheme #Energy industry #energy policy #Energy production #energy security #Energy supply #Engineering #Enikõ Gyõri #Enikő Mihalik #Enrique Pastor de Gana #Environment #environment protection #Eörs Szathmáry #epidemic #Epidemiological preparedness #epidemiological restrictions #Equestrian event #Equifest #Ernõ Rubik #Erste Bank #Ervin Zádor #Esther Horvath #Estonia #Eszter Cseke and Andras S. Takacs #Esztergom #Ethanol #EU #EU affairs #EU cooperation #EU funding #EU funds #EU General Court #EU loan #EU Presidency #EU supported projects #EuCham - European Camber #Eucham European Chamber #Euro (EUR) #Europe Day #European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) #European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) #European Capital of Culture #European Central Bank (ECB) #European Championships #European Climate Bank #European Commission #European Court of Justice #European Court of Justice (ECJ) #European Day of Parks #European Football Championship #European Green Deal #European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) #European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) #European Parliament #European Super Cup #European Union #European Year of Volunteering #Eurowings #evacuation #Event industry #Exchange rate #Exhibition #Exhibition site #Export promotion #Exports #Exposition #External Action Service of the European Union #External trade #Eydescreen
    #H-UNCOVER #Hableány (‘Mermaid’) river cruise ship #Hackathon #Haiti #Half-year report #Hamad International Airport #handball #Hankook #Használtautó.hu #Health #healthcare #Healthcare workers #Heat record #Heavy industry #Heim Pál National Pediatric Institute #Heineken #HEINEKEN Hungária #Hell Energy Hungary Plc. #Henkel #Herbert Fisch #Herman Van Rompuy #Hidden Power #highway #Hillary Clinton #History #Hódmezővásárhely #Holiday season #Hollywood #Holocaust #Home office #Home quarantine #Homokhátság #Hong Kong #Honorary consul #Honorary consuls #hops #Horizon Development #Hörmann Hungária #Horse polo #horticulturist #Hortobágy Bridge Fair #Hortobágy National Park #Horwath HTL Hungary #hospital #Hospitality #Hospitality business #Hospitals #Hotel boats #Hotel industry #hotelier #hotels #House concert #Household products #Housing #Housing market #Hoventa #Howmet-Köfém Plc. #HR Services #huawei #Human rights #Hungarian Academy of Sciences #Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) #Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S. #Hungarian Banking Association #Hungarian Chamber of Health Care Professionals (MESZK) #Hungarian Competition Authority #Hungarian cultural season #Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) #Hungarian diplomats #Hungarian economy #Hungarian EU Presidency #Hungarian European Business Council (HEBC) #Hungarian F-1 Grand Prix #Hungarian Film Week #Hungarian Food Bank Association #Hungarian Foreign Ministry #Hungarian Foreign Ministry (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) #Hungarian forint (HUF) #Hungarian GDP #Hungarian gov't vs. EU #Hungarian government #Hungarian Holocaust #Hungarian Independent Trans­mission Operator Company Ltd. (MAVIR) #Hungarian industry #Hungarian Interchurch Aid #Hungarian inventors #Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA) #Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) #Hungarian Labor Code #Hungarian language #Hungarian League Against Cancer #Hungarian Maltese Charity Service #Hungarian Medical Chamber #Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) #Hungarian military #Hungarian Ministry of Finance #Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (KKM) #Hungarian Museum of Science #Hungarian Museum of Science Technology and Transport #Hungarian National Asset Management Inc. (MNV) #Hungarian National Blood Transfusion Service (OVSZ) #Hungarian National Gallery #Hungarian National Museum #Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) #Hungarian Open Air Museum #Hungarian Parliament #Hungarian Polo Club #Hungarian President János Áder #Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition #Hungarian Red Cross #Hungarian society #Hungarian Tourism Agency (MTÜ) #Hungarian-born #Hungarians abroad #Hungaricum #HungaroControl #Hungaroring #Hungary #Hungary politics #Hungary tourism #Hungexpo #hybrid car #Hygiene #hygienic safety #Hyundai
    #Machinery industry #Madagascar #Mads Sandau-Jensen #Magyar Rádió (Hungarian Radio) #Magyar Suzuki #Magyar Telecom #Magyar Telekom #Magyarföld #Mahart Passnave #Malay Mishra #Malév Hungarian airlines #Mandatory quarantine #Manfred Bey #marathon run #Maria Assunta Accili Sabbatini #Marketing #Markku Virri #Martin Gauss #Márton Fucsovics #mask-wearing #MASTERPLAST #Mateco-Hungary Ltd. #Matei I. Hoffmann #Mátra Hill #Matriculation exam #Matterhorn #MÁV Hungarian Railways #Maximilian Hell #Media #Media law #Mediaworks #Medical industry #Mellow Mood Hotels #Mélykút #Memorial walk #Mercedes #Mercedes Benz #merkel #Messer #Mexican Embassy in Budapest #Mexico #MFGK Croatia d.o.o. #Michael Ignatieff #Midsummer night #Migration #Mihály Kolodko #Mihály Munkácsy #Mihály Varga #Miklós Radnóti #Mikulás Dzurinda #Military #Millennium generation #Minister of Agriculture István Nagy #Minister of Defense #Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade #Minister of Human Capacities #Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI) #Ministry of National Development #Ministry of National Economy #Ministry of the Interior #Minorities #Miroslav Lajèák #Miskolc #Miskolc rally #missiles sales #Mitt Romney #Mobile base station #mobile broadband #Mohács #MOL #MOL Group #MOL Hygi #Monetary policy #Monostor Bridge #Monterrey #Moody's #Móric Benyovszky #Mortgage #Motion picture #motoGP #Motorcycle #Motorway #Mountaineering #Movement restrictions #Municipal elections #Municipality #mural #museum #Museum of Fine Arts #Museums #Music #Music in the Forest - Mátra Art Days #MVM Group
    #São Tomé and Príncipe #Sali Berisha #Sameer Hamdan #Samsung #Samsung SDI #Samyang Biopharm #Sándor Csányi #Sándor Demján #Sándor Képíró #Sándor Kiss #Sándor Kőrösi Csoma #Sándor Pintér #Sang Il Lee #Sanofi #Saudi Arabia #Scandal #Scholarship #School year #Schools #Science #scuba diving #second-hand car sales #security issues #Semmelweis University #Semmelweis University of Budapest #Sensirion #Sérgio Eduardo Moreira Lima #Service center #Service sector #sewage water #Shanghai #Shanghai World Expo 2010 #Shapr 3D #Shell #shopping #short film #shortage #show jumping #Siemens #Sika #Singapore #Singapore Airlines #Siófok #Skanska #Skanska Hungary #Slovakia #Slovenia #Slovenian Tourism Organization (STO) #Sludge #Smartphone application #SME Robotization Barometer #SMEs #Smoke-free future #Snow #Soccer #Social(i)Makers #Society #Society for Freedoms #Solar energy #Solar panels #Solidarity Club #Son of Saul #South Africa #Soviet Union #Space research #Spain #Spanish language #SPAR #Spar Hungary #special taxes #Sponsorship #Sports #Sports club #Stadler #Stalinism #Start-ups #State Auditing Office #State of danger #State of emergency #State of the Nation #State subsidies #Statistical data #Statue #Stefan Pop #Stefánia Palace #stepdance #Stock exchange #Stockholm #Straumann #Street music contest #Sudan #Suh Chung-ha #SUHANJ! Foundation #Sumatran orangutan #Summer Olympic Games #SunDell Estate Plc. #SungEel Hitech Hungary Ltd. #Sunshine Garage #Supercharge Ltd. #Superfast Internet Program #Supermarket chain #Suppliers #Suriname #survey #Sustainability #Sweden #Sweet Days Budapest #Swimming #Swiss Embassy - Budapest #Swisscham Hungary #Switzerland #Symbol #Syria #Szabolcs Takács #Szamos Marzipan #Szeged #Szeged Open-Air Festival #Szeged wholesale market #Szentendre #Szerencsejáték Plc. #Sziget #Szigetszentmiklós #Szolnok #Szusza Ferenc Stadium
  • © Copyright 2020 Duax Kft. –  All rights reserved.
    searchenvelope-oalign-justifytwitterfacebookfeedinstagrammoon-osunearth