DRDO Anti Covid Drug (2DG Medicine) Approved, Efficacy, Price, Vaccine Name, Side Effects, Availability details are discussed here. DCGI – Drug Controller General of India was testing DRDO 2-DG medicine for Corona Virus. Finally on 9th May 2021, DCGI approved the emergency use of DRDO Anti Covid Drug. The medicine is developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences which is formally known as INMAS. INMAS is a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation – DRDO. INMAS worked in collaboration with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in Hyderabad to develop DRDO 2DG medicine.
DRDO Anti Covid Drug
During the first wave of Covid in April 2020, DRDO scientists in INMAS conducted some lab experiments with the collaboration of CCMB – Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad. In the Experiment, they found that DRDO 2-DG molecule works better against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and controls the growth of virus. In May 2020, DCGI gave permission to begin phase-II trials in clinics in Corona Patients.
The phase-II trials were conducted from May to October 2020. During this period, scientists found that this DRDO Anti Corona Drug is safe for Corona Patients and also shown noticeable recovery. The DRDO 2DG medicine phase-II and phase-IIb trials were conducted in 6 and 11 hospitals respectively across the nation.
After receiving positive responses in Phase-II and Phase-IIb trials, DCGI permitted 2DG phase-III trials in November 2020. A total of 220 patients were included in Phase-II trial which was conducted from December 2020 to March 2021. These patients were from 27 Covid-1 Hospitals of UP, West Bengal, Gujarat, Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana, Rajasthan, Tamilnadu and Karnataka. Majority of the patients showed improvements and became independent from supplemental oxygen by Day 3.
DRDO Anti Covid Drug Name
The Anti Covid Drug developed by DRDO is names 2-DG. 2-DG is short for 2-Deoxy-D-Glucose. INMAS developed this drug and then they proposed the name 2-DG based upon the composition of the drug.
DRDO 2DG Medicine
These are some questions that were asked to Dr. Sudhir Chandana who is the project director and the scientist of DRDO 2-DG Medicine. Here are the questions and answers.
DRDO Anti Covid Drug Efficacy
As the public results of 2-DG medicine efficacy are not yet available, we trust the fact that DRDO has developed it and DCGI has approved it. On 8th May 2021, DRDO gave a statement about the efficacy of DRDO Covid drug. The statement is as follows:
Initial Clinical trials of 2DG has shown the faster recovery in the patients who are hospitalized. This molecule helps in the reduction of supplemental oxygen dependency. As it is a generic molecule and analogue of glucose, production of this medicine is easy and can be developed at large scale in limited time. Most of the Covid patient who were treated with DRDO 2DG medicine showed RT-PCR negative conversions.
Giving more details on DRDO 2GD Efficacy, The official added:
The patients who were given 2-DG medicine showed better and faster improvement than the Standard of Care (SoC). DRDO Anti Covid Drug comes in powdered form and can easily be taken by dissolving in the water. It treats the cells which are infected by the virus and avoids the growth of virus.
DRDO 2DG Covid Medicine Price
Dr Sudhir Chandna was asked about the DRDO Covid Drug Price and he said that the price will depend on the production and production details are available at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. Dr. Reddy’s Lab are the industry partner of DRDO in the development of 2DG drug.
As per the sources, the DRDO 2DG medicine price can range from 500-600 INR. It will be in the budget of people and government may come across some subsidy of that too.
DRDO 2-DG Drug availability
On 9th May 2021, DRDO Chief Mr. G. Satheesh Reddy that the DRDO Covid medicine is approved for emergency use it will be available by 11th May 2021. After the approval of the 2DG drug, the labs are given a go for the production and soon it will be available for the public in the required quantity.
DRDO Covid Drug Side Effects
When being asked about the side effects of DRDO Anti Covid Drug, Dr. Sudhir Chandana said that the trials were done on all stages of corona patients including moderate and serious patients. All the patients got only the benefits and no side effects were noticed. So we can say that DRDO 2-DG does not have any side effects.
We hope that DRDO Anti Corona Medicine 2-DG will perform as expected and will bring an end to this pandemic. What are your thoughts on this, please leave a comment in the box below.