13 January 2022

Factory to step up production of Molacovir

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- Factory to step up production of Molacovir 
State Enterprise Pharmaceutical Factory No. 3 in Vientiane plans to step up the production of Molacovir, an oral medication used in the treatment of Covid-19. Molacovir is the Lao tradename for molnupiravir, a drug that was developed by scientists in the United States. The Lao factory aims to increase output in response to rising demand.
The plant’s Managing Director, Dr Lahounh Chanthabout, said the number of patients requiring the drug had risen from 1,000 last year to a predicted 2,000 to 3,000 this year. The factory began producing Molacovir in December and has so far ....More >>>

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