Relief Therapeutics announces supply deals while awaiting COVID-19 trial data

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland’s Relief Therapeutics and U.S. partner NeuroRx said on Wednesday they struck deals with Bachem and Nephron Pharmaceuticals to supply and make a 50-year-old drug, aviptadil, that is in clinical trials against COVID-19.

Relief and NeuroRx said the pact with Switzerland’s Bachem, to supply peptides, and U.S. generics maker Nephron, to manufacture aviptadil, also being called RLF-100 by the companies, is aimed at having supplies sufficient to treat 1 million patients, should the drug prove effective in the studies.

(This story has been refiled to correct date to September 30)

Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shields