DRDO 2DG Medicine: Efficacy, Price in India, Uses, Availability, Dosage – All You Need To Know About New Anti Covid-19 Drug?
Recently, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) launched its new drug, believed to be highly effective against the novel coronavirus. This anti-drug is known as 2-deoxy-D-glucose or ‘2-DG’. The anti-drug has been shared with a few selected hospitals after getting approval from DCGI for emergency use in treating Covid-19 patients. This drug will be available to all the hospitals for treating mild and severe Covid-19 patients from June onwards.
Here, you will get a quick brief about exactly what 2 DG anti-drug is and how it works? Scroll down to know more about the drug.
What is a 2-DG anti-drug?
2-DG or 2-deoxy-D-glucose is the anti-drug developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) in partnership with DRDO. The molecule used in 2-DG reduces the dependency of patients on oxygen supplements and helps in faster recovery. The drug accumulates in the infected cell and stops the growth of the virus. This property of 2-DG makes it unique and compelling.
How 2 DG works in treating Covid 19 patients?
Last year while conducting a laboratory experiment, scientists noticed that the molecule worked effectively against SARS-CoV2.
The second trial of this drug received permission in May 2020 from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization. Approximately 110 patients and six hospitals were a part of the phase II drug trial between May to October. The phase II trial was quite successful.
The 3rd phase of the clinical trial started in March, and approximately 220 patients in 27 hospitals spread across Delhi, West Bengal, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Telangana Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu were a part of this trial. According to the trial data, this drug is entirely safe for treating covid-19 patients, and most of the patients showed faster and better recovery with less dependency on oxygen supplements.
How does 2-DG regulate COVID-19?
The 2DG drug developed by DRDO spread in the body like glucose. It reaches virus-infected cells and inhibits the growth of the virus by inhibiting the viral synthesis and destroys the protein’s energy production. This medicine also works on the spread of virus infection in the lungs, which helps in reducing the dependence on the oxygen of the patient.
What are the advantages of 2-DG anti-drug?
DRDO 2DG Medicine is quite an effective drug in treating Covid patients. The efficiency notice in the clinical trial phase indicates that it shows faster recovery. In addition to this, 2-DG can be produced quickly and is available in large quantities.
Another factor that makes it easy to use this drug is that it comes in powdered form, and patients can intake it by simply dissolving it in water just like glucose or energy drink.
Quick facts about 2-DG anti-drug medicine against Corona Virus
Here are a few points that you need to know about 2-DG anti-drug medicine:
- Firstly, anti-drug medicine is available in the form of a sachet. Similar to Glucose, you can add it to water and have it regularly for 5-7 days under the guidance of your doctor.
- Secondly, it helps in reducing the oxygen supplement of the body by stopping the growth of the virus.
- Thirdly, different hospitals across India got approximately 10,000 packets, and only medical authorities can use them.
- Last but not least, the trial phase showed faster recovery of Covid patients in comparison to those who took standard or regular Covid treatment.
What is the cost of 2-DG?
The final price of 2-DG is yet to be decided. This determined by DRDO partner Dr. Reddy, who is manufacturing the drug. However, it considered an inexpensive medicine.
2-DG can be a real game-changer while treating Covid patients. India is currently witnessing the harsh effect of the Covid-19 second wave, and in such harsh times, this drug can be a real savior.
Hope this article has helped you out!