Fact Check: Is 'Livfavir' Cheaper Than Glenmark's 'Fabiflu'?

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates the claim that Livfavir, Manufactured By Livealth Biopharma Is Cheaper Than Glenmark's Fabiflu.

Maharashtra   |   27 Jun 2020 9:02 AM GMT
Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
Fact Check: Is Livfavir Cheaper Than Glenmarks Fabiflu?

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on June 20 had announced the launch of its antiviral drug Favipiravir, under the brand name 'Fabiflu', to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 cases in India. As per reports, based on clinical evidence and after the evaluation of data and in consultation with the Subject Expert Committee, the firm received the manufacturing and marketing approval from India's drug regulator on Friday, June 19.

Amid this, social media and WhatsApp was abuzz with claims that 'Livfavir, a variant of the generic Favipiravir which is manufactured by Livealth Biopharma Private Limited, is cheaper than Glenmark Pharmaceuticals' branded drug Fabiflu'.

The message further claims that while Fabiflu is priced at Rs. 103 per tablet; Livfavir is being sold at Rs. 20 per tablet.


In fact, a petition was also created at Change.org based on the viral message.

"Please sign and share this so that the request reaches the ears of the concerned authorities and the consumer rights can be restored at the earliest!" reads the petition.

Below is the WhatsApp Forward:




Claim:

Livfavir, Manufactured By Livealth Biopharma Is Cheaper Than Glenmark's Fabiflu.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading as the company has launched the product and later withdrew it.

The Logical Indian reached out to Bhavesh Kanabar, Promoter, Livealth Biopharma, regarding the WhatsApp Forward. "This is Fake News," Kanabar said on being asked about the viral claims. They also said that the company is not going to launch the product in the market.

Further, Livealth Biopharma debunked the claims on their official Twitter account as well.

"We are not marketing any such product and have already withdrawn our product "Livfavir" which created this misunderstanding," they wrote.

The company also clarified that their turnover is Rs.10 crores and not Rs.120 crore as the message claims.


Also, The Logical Indian searched for Livfavir on major Indian online pharmacies including 1MG, Medlife, Pharmeasy, Practo. The dug is not available on any of these portals.

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Also Read: Fact Check: Here's All You Need To Know About 'Favipiravir', New Covid-19 Medicine

Claim Review :  Livfavir, Manufactured By Livealth Biopharma Is Cheaper Than Glenmarks Fabiflu.
Claimed By :  WhatsApp Forwards
Fact Check :  Misleading
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