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No traces of coronavirus in Chinese drug material: Jubilant Life Sciences

No traces of coronavirus in Chinese drug material: Jubilant Life Sciences

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 April 2020 8:08 AM GMT

Bengaluru: No traces of coronavirus was found in the raw material imported from China for making drugs at Jubilant Life Sciences plant near Karnataka’s Mysuru, a company official said on Thursday.

“The raw material imported from China tested negative for COVID-19 virus by the State-run National Institute of Virology at Pune,” said the official in a statement to IANS.

The pharma major’s plant at Nanjangud near Mysuru was shut down on April 7 after it was suspected to have been infected by the virus from a container that came from China with the raw material.

Nanjangud is about 30km from Mysuru.

“It is unfortunate that a wrong perception was created in the public and the media about the raw material imported from China,” the Noida-based drug maker’s official said.

The raw material is active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in drugs required to sustain patients’ lives, including azithromycin dihydrate and azithromycin monohydrate, which are needed to fight the Covid-19 disease. (IANS)

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