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In addition to our daily in-depth coverage of key events relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re bringing you a periodic round-up of other developments. This edition covers Europe and other countries.
The US company is bringing extra supplies of lopinavir/ritonavir into France but stresses that the combination treatment is not authorized for treating patients with the coronavirus.
As part of its efforts to preserve patient access to medicines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia is planning to cap drug prices if increases of more than 30% are detected. It will also allow online sales of non-prescription drugs and may also tighten the rules on fake and substandard products.
France is exploring the use of hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir in COVID-19, but only in hospitalized patients and in clinical trials, and has banned all exports of the products to avoid possible shortages.
Efforts are under way in the UK on many fronts to develop new treatments and vaccines for coronavirus infection, including researching new uses of existing products and clinical trials of new vaccines.
Recommending new medicines for approval and allowing sponsors of others extra time to answer outstanding questions are among the many tasks on the agenda of the March meeting of European Medicines Agency's key scientific committee, the CHMP. The meeting has been taking place, remotely, this week.