Beximco Pharmaceutical Ltd, a leading manufacturer and exporter of medicine in the country, was awarded the prestigious CPhl Pharma Awards in the category "Innovation in Response to Covid-19" on Tuesday.
The other finalists in this category include world's leading pharma companies namely Catalent USA, Aptar Pharma USA, Dr Reddy's Laboratories India, Ridgeback Biotherapeutics/Merck USA, MedPharm UK and Crystec Pharma UK, according to a press release.
The CPhI Pharma Awards are among the most prestigious recognitions within the pharmaceutical industry, which is judged by an esteemed panel of industry experts from around the world.
Powered by Informa Pharma Intelligence, UK, the 17th annual CPhI Pharma Awards, at its first-ever virtual ceremony, honoured the outstanding achievements of those driving the global pharma industry forward through their innovations, technologies, and strategies, the press release read.
Managing Director of Beximco Pharma Nazmul Hassan, MP, said, "We are delighted and honoured to get recognised for our pioneering role in providing access to breakthrough drug Remdesivir and other repurposed drugs during the Covid-19 pandemic."
He continued, "This award is a true testament to the exceptional initiatives taken by the Beximco Pharma team in combating the impact of Covid-19 on patients, healthcare professionals and communities," according to the statement.
On 21 May this year, Beximco Pharma became the first in the world to launch generic Remdesivir (under the brand name Bemsivir) and since then the company has been providing this drug free of cost to government designated Covid-19 hospitals in Bangladesh.
Beximco Pharma has also supplied Remdesivir to a number of countries on humanitarian grounds. This act of kindness has drawn positive attention and notes of praise from around the world.
Beyond therapeutics, Beximco Pharma also took initiatives across diverse areas during this time of Covid-19 pandemic, which included supplying adequate quantity high quality PPEs to healthcare workers, developing negative pressure isolation canopy for Covid-19 patients in hospitals, conducting clinical trials on Remdesivir and other repurposed drugs, and supporting medical community with telemedicine projects, added the release.
All these activities highlight Beximco Pharma's deep commitment to respond to national or global crisis, which is an integral part of the company's strategic commitment, it further read.
Beximco Pharma is a leading exporter of pharmaceuticals in Bangladesh and it has a geographic footprint in more than 50 countries.
Beximco Pharma′s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities are certified by global regulatory authorities of the USA, Europe, Australia, Canada, GCC and Latin America, among others, according to the statement.
In August 2016, Beximco Pharma became the first Bangladeshi pharmaceutical company to export medicine to the US market following its manufacturing site approval by the US FDA in June 2015.