Japan Approves GSK's COVID-19 Drug

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Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese health minister Norihisa Tamura Monday approved British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC's drug to treat COVID-19 patients who are not severely ill.

His approval of sotrovimab, made under fast-track procedures, came after a health ministry expert panel gave the go-ahead earlier the same day.

Sotrovimab is the second approved COVID-19 drug in Japan for patients with mild to moderate symptoms after antibody cocktail Ronapreve, which is sold by Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. <4519>.

It is the fifth authorized coronavirus medicine in the country, including drugs to treat severely ill patients.

Sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody to attack the virus, is administered by intravenous drip.

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