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China's first homegrown oral anti-COVID-19 drug removed from online sale
Published on: 2022-11-21
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China's first domestically developed oral drug for COVID-19 treatment was removed from shelves of e-commerce platforms on Saturday, hours after media reported its online sale had started in some drugstores.
 

Experts and China's protocol for COVID-19 prevention and control suggested it is inappropriate for the medicine to be available to the public in drugstores as suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases should be isolated and treated in designated healthcare facilities.
 

News first came on Saturday morning that some pharmacies had started online sale of Azvudine, produced by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Genuine Biotech. On some e-commerce platforms such as Meituan and Eleme, pre-sale links for Azvudine by these pharmacies could be found, with prices ranging from 350 yuan to 499 yuan.
 

However, all the pre-sale pages disappeared before Saturday noon after another Chinese media outlet reported that Genuine Biotech has communicated with relevant pharmacies over the online sale of Azvudine, which will be removed from shelves immediately.
 

The medicine has some side effects and could be dangerous for patients to take it at home without doctor's advice. Azvudine was originally approved to use for the treatment of people infected with the HIV-1 virus.
 

新冠口服药网售350元/瓶?已下架!

11月19日早晨,在“饿了么”、“美团”等平台可以看见阿兹夫定片在售,据海王星辰急送小程序报价阿兹夫定片每瓶卖到350元,每瓶35片。
 

然而,上架不足24小时,该药已经下架处理。
 

11月19日下午,记者在海王星辰急送小程序搜索到的“阿兹夫定片”,已经无法找到,显示的都是其他药物。
 

据悉,阿兹夫定是真实生物研发生产的首个双靶点抗HIV-1药物,2021年7月获批上市,今年7月,新增治疗新冠病毒肺炎适应症获批。
 

“我们要求海王星辰即刻下架处理。”针对首个国产新冠口服药阿兹夫定片在海王星辰部分药店正式线上开售,河南真实生物常务副总经理刘勇回应,售卖阿兹夫定片是药店个例行为。
 

阿兹夫定片虽然是我国首个国产新冠口服药,用于治疗普通型新型冠状病毒肺炎成年患者。但它同时也是我国获批的治疗艾滋病的药物。

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