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Australia's Starpharma's launches COVID-19 antiviral nasal spray VIRALEZE in the UK

01 April 2021 | News

The 1,400-strong pharmacy chain across the UK has made the VIRALEZE™ spray available online and will soon be instore in April 2021

Image Caption: Starpharma antiviral nasal spray VIRALEZE™

Image Caption: Starpharma antiviral nasal spray VIRALEZE™

Melbourne-based biotech Starpharma has launched its antiviral nasal spray VIRALEZE™ into the UK via a large national pharmacy chain to support COVID-19 efforts. VIRALEZE™ was developed, manufactured and registered by Starpharma.

The 1,400-strong pharmacy chain across the UK has made the VIRALEZE™ spray available online and will soon be instore in April 2021. VIRALEZE™ will also be available through a further 14,000 independent pharmacies in the UK serviced by McKesson’s AAH wholesale division.

Dr Jackie Fairley, CEO of Starpharma commented: “We are excited that VIRALEZE™ will be available … in the second-largest pharmacy chain in the UK. The LloydsPharmacy/McKesson team shares Starpharma’s enthusiasm and commitment to bring VIRALEZE™ antiviral nasal spray to UK consumers".

The antiviral active (SPL7013) in VIRALEZE™ irreversibly blocks coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 ‘spike’ proteins from binding to human airway cells, an interaction which is required for infection. VIRALEZE™ has multiple unique advantages, including its virucidal action, its rapid onset (inactivates >99.9% SARS-CoV-2 within one minute) and its ability to inactivate virus either before or after exposure, and provides a physical barrier to respiratory viruses in the nasal cavity.

Starpharma receiving BTB funding and support from BTB partner UniQuest to fast track development and commercialization of the product ready to launch.

Starpharma also plans to roll the product out across Europe, and to seek registration for the product in other regions, including Australia.

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