Health Desk- 11 May 2020: When there was no effective drug to treat Covid-19 patients in the country, anti-viral generic drug Remdesivir, brought by Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd, offers a ray of hope, Dr. ABM Abdullah, personal physician of the prime minister, said at a discussion on Sunday .
In this context, speakers in the discussion urged the drug regulatory authority to complete the necessary testing and, after being satisfied, issue the marketing authorization as per the procedure as early as possible so that presently ailing patients can get the benefit of the drug.
Noted medicine specialists and physicians participated in the event, jointly organized by Bangladesh Society of Medicine (BSM) and the Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd, at a city hotel.
"They (Eskayef) have done a great job and I thank them. This is very good and time-befitting medicine," said Prof ABM Abdullah.
Earlier, Dr Robed Amin, a professor of medicine at Dhaka Medical College, talked about the novel coronavirus, and the evolution of the new drug Remdesivir, its application, efficacy, and limitation.
"Despite some adverse effects, Remdesivir still has some efficacy," he said, adding that this anti-viral drug is useful in reducing hospital stay of patients.
Following his presentation, an audio-visual documentary on the drug production plants of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd was shown.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Khan Abul Kalam Azad, principal of Dhaka Medical College, said, "When there is complete darkness, Eskayef has come forward to find a solution… Definitely it will pave the way..."
This drug needs to be used keeping in mind the effects it may have on Covid-19 patients, he pointed out.
Medicine specialist Prof FM Siddiqui said, 'We should start using Remdesivir.'
In her closing speech, Simeen Hossain, chief executive officer of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd, said, "Since the beginning of the outbreak of Covid-19, Eskayef has worked closely with Bangladesh Society of Medicine and the DGDA regarding the introduction of possible treatment, especially Remdesivir, to combat the pandemic.
She thanked the government and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for taking all proactive initiatives to fight the pandemic.
Moderated by BSM General Secretary Prof Ahmedul Kabir, the event was attended by, among others, Prof Billal Alam, Prof MA Jalil Chowdhury, Prof Shamol Sarker, Prof Dilip Kumar Nath, Prof Abdur Rahim, Prof MA Kashem, Dr. MA Sattar, Dr. Murad Hossain, and Dr. Asim Chakrabarty.