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Celltrion to export COVID-19 treatment to Europe in 2021

To ship Regkirona to nine European countries by year-end; in talks with 47 nations across the globe

By Nov 30, 2021 (Gmt+09:00)

Celltrion’s COVID-19 treatment Regkirona
Celltrion’s COVID-19 treatment Regkirona

South Korea’s pharmaceutical giant Celltrion Inc. is set to export its COVID-19 treatment Regkirona to Europe by the end of this year as it seeks a larger market share worldwide amid a resurgence in the pandemic with the onset of the Omicron variant.

Celltrion Healthcare Co., which handles Regkirona’s global sales, said on Nov. 30 that it will deliver 150,000 vials of the treatment, enough for 50,000 patients, to nine countries in Europe by year-end. It did not identify the nine countries. 

Celltrion Healthcare is also in talks with 47 nations in Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East for exports, according to the company.

“More countries are inquiring about the supply of Regkirona, so we expect exports to increase,” said a company official.

COVID-19 cases are again surgin around the globe, especially in Europe. The number of new confirmed cases in the region rose 11% in one week to 2.4 million, representing 67% of the total patients in the world as of Nov. 21. 

Regkirona was the first monoclonal antibody drug, along with Ronapreve, co-developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Roche Registration GmbH, for the pandemic approved by the European Commission.

Regkirona drew strong demand as the drug’s high efficacy and safety were proven through tests of more than 20,000 patients in South Korea, local industry sources said.

“It is getting more reliable thanks to growing prescription data to prove its effective treatment and safety,” said the company official.

Celltrion aims to sell Regkirona in the US. The company is in discussions with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use authorization.

Write to Jae-young Han at jyhan@hankyung.com

Jongwoo Cheon edited this article.
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