Top Research Chief for India: Merck’s Molnupiravir has ‘Major Safety Concerns’

With 26 research institutes, India’s ICMR or “Indian Council of Medical Research ” represents one of the largest and oldest apex medical research bodies worldwide. Overseeing research in the world’s second most populated nation and, according to some sources, the world’s fifth-largest economy as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), ICMR’s declarations as to the safety and efficacy of various investigational medical products carries considerable weight. Despite India’s drug regulatory body—the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) clearing Merck’s molnupiravir as the first antiviral COVID-19 orally administrated therapy, ICMR Chief Balram Bhargava has declared publicly that his group has “major safety concerns” associated with molnupiravir.

In a recent press conference, the ICMR chief declared:

“First of all, the US has approved it based on only 1,433 patients with a three per cent reduction in moderate disease when given in mild cases. However, we have to remember that this drug has major safety concerns.”

“It can cause teratogenicity and mutagenicity and cause cartilage damage and be damaging to the muscles. More importantly, if given to a man or a wom…

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