Strides to launch generic drug sofosbuvir in India under brand name 'Virso' to treat hepatitis C

Our Bureau, BengaluruMonday, March 30, 2015, 14:45 Hrs  [IST]

Strides Arcolab announced the launch of generic drug sofosbuvir in India under the brand name 'Virso'.

In September 2014, Strides entered into a licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences, Inc to bring hepatitis C cure to 91 developing countries. The product will be available to Indian patients shortly.

Sofosbuvir is the first-in-class NS5B polymerase inhibitor to be launched in India for hepatitis C treatment and represents a paradigm shift in the existing hepatitis C management. The high potency, high barrier to resistance, pan genotypic activity, once-daily dosage, good safety profile and the limited drug-drug interactions of sofosbuvir makes it a breakthrough drug in hepatitis C treatment. This drug in combination therapy has shown to have high cure rates of around 90%.

Globally, it is estimated that 170-185 million people (about 3% of the world's population) are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). In India alone, it is estimated that 12-18 million patients are infected with hepatitis C, which is several fold greater than those with HIV/AIDS.

“We are pleased to announce this launch in partnership with Gilead Sciences, which is a big leap in our commitment towards bringing critical healthcare at affordable cost, said  Mohan Kumar, CEO-pharma global,  Strides Arcolab.