Russian pharma to donate drug to treat infection

A RUSSIAN pharmaceutical company, Polisan, will donate to the Philippines medicine to help in the treatment of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients.

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev said the medicine called Cicloferon was tested and found to be effective in the treatment of Covid-19 patients in Russia and China.

The ambassador was in Cebu Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and met with Honorary Consul to Russia Armi Lopez Garcia.

But, Khovaev said, the Philippines’ Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have yet to assess the medicine.

“They’re (Polisan) ready to supply a highly efficient Russian medicine for treating patients infected by the coronavirus. It’s largely used in China, and the results are very, very encouraging,” he said.

Polisan is a pharmaceutical company based in St. Petersburg.

“It’s not a trade deal. It is a donation, a helping hand to our Filipino partners,” the Russian ambassador said.

He added that Russia takes pride in the success of Russian scientists in developing a vaccine against the Ebola virus.

According to the World Health Organization, the Russian Federation has seven confirmed cases of the Covid-19. In all cases, the virus was acquired outside Russia.

An Associated Press report said Russia has closed since January this year a 2,600-mile land border with China to prevent the entry of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19. (JOB)