The domestic, antiviral, broad-spectrum drug Triazavirin will now be available in Yekaterinburg pharmacies after a 30-year wait.
According to a recent report from Oblastnaya Gazeta, the press service from the Research Institute of Influenza at the Ministry of Health said that Triazavirin is both effective and safe to treat 15 different types of viruses, including bird and swine flu.
Scientists from Ural Polytechnic University, the Research Institute of Influenza and the Institute of Organic Synthesis collaborated to create Triazavirin.
Medsintez Novouralsk began to produce Triazavirin in December.
The imported competition, a French drug called Tamiflu, costs twice as much as Triazavirin.
Triazavirin was originally created to treat influenza. It has proven effective at any stage of influenza.
In a recent interview, Veronika Skvortsova, Russia’s health minister, commented that Triazavirin may be effective in treating Ebola since it is 90 percent effective in treating viruses similar to Ebola.
For now, health professionals in Yekaterinburg will use Triazavirin to treat HIV, hepatitis, influenza and possibly cancer.
Triazavirin will only be available with a prescription.