June 23, 2020 / 12:57 PM / 11 days ago

Aspen could produce 10 mln dexamethasone tablets within a month -CEO

JOHANNESBURG, June 23 (Reuters) - South African pharmaceutical maker Aspen could provide 10 million dexamethasone tablets within a month, CEO Stephen Saad told Reuters on Tuesday.

“Aspen has looked at the short-term needs and can provide 10 million tablets in the next 3 to 4 weeks. We would look to ramp up further should there be a need for additional product,” Saad said, without saying how much of the drug the company was currently producing.

Results from a trial showed dexamethasone reduced death rates by around a third compared with a placebo in severely ill hospitalised COVID-19 patients, scientists at University of Oxford said last week, calling the discovery a “major breakthrough”. (Reporting by Promit Mukherjee; editing by Jason Neely)

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