István Greiner Richter Gedeon Nyrt., Budapest, Magyarország; Gedeon Richter Plc., Budapest, Hungary

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Összefoglaló. A tavalyi évben kitört COVID–19 pandémia jelentős kihívások elé állította a világot. Nem pusztán a kormányok és az egészségügyi rendszerek szembesültek új, békeidőben eddig még nem gyakorolt feladatokkal, de a tudományos világnak is át kellett tekinteni mind a régi, mind a legmodernebb eszközöket ahhoz, hogy a vírus terjedésének, a betegek szenvedéseinek, a tömeges halálozásoknak végre véget lehessen vetni. Habár a járványnak még messze nincsen vége, és egyre újabb és újabb mutánsok ütik fel a fejüket a világ legkülönbözőbb részein, mégis azokat a tanulságokat, melyek már összegyűltek a gyógyszeripar területén, érdemes összefoglalni. Talán még ennél is fontosabb azonban, hogy azokat a hiányokat, amelyeket még be kell pótolni, szintén megemlítsük, hogy ezzel is segítsük az újabb hullámok vagy járványok leküzdését.

Summary. During the last 12 months the most serious issue was the SARS-CoV-2 virus generated pandemia around the world. There is no country which could be more or less intact and a huge amount of resources was sacrificed to rescue people from the fatal outcome of this disease. When it started a year ago or more, there were doubts about its future but later it was realised that this is an epidemic occurring worldwide, crossing international boundaries, and affecting a large number of people. According to the WHO, today the number of confirmed cases is about 157.8 million, confirmed deaths are 3.3 million and 1.2 billion vaccine doses have been administered. These numbers clearly show how important it is to elaborate the reaction of the pharma industry and investigate how to ensure safe drug supply for patients in every country. The topics discussed below are the basic and unique features of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the pandemia generated by it, and the role of the Hungarian pharma industry, especially Gedeon Richter plc, during this critical period. On one hand the author explains how the spread of virus can be decreased in general and at a production facility like Richter, and on the other hand R&D activity of the Company aiming to cure patients suffering from COVID-19 infection. Consortia including universities, academia and industrial entities made a substantial impact on handling this terrible epidemic. Gedeon Richter plc, the biggest and only independent Hungarian pharma company, in keeping with its roots started small molecule R&D to make favipiravir and remdesivir available to clinics. The latter production is a very difficult one but using its background in chemistry Richter was able to manage all R&D and industrial scale up activities in six months. Moreover, it has filed two patent applications about its new, more feasible and economical process steps justifying its innovative attitude. As a final conclusion it is stated that for the safe supply of necessary medication one critical step is missing from the capabilities of the Hungarian pharma industry, the vaccine R&D and production.

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    Guo, Q., Xu, M., Guo, S., Zhu, F., Xie, Y., & Shen, J. (2019) The complete synthesis of favipiravir from 2-aminopyrazine. Chemical Papers, Vol. 73, pp. 1043–1051.

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    Kacskovics, I. (2021) Magyar fejlesztésű gyógyszer a COVID ellen. (Letöltve: 2021. 05. 09.)

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    Lauer, S. A., Grantz, K. H., Bi, Q., Jones, F. K., Zheng, Q., Meredith, H. R., … Lessler, J. (2020) The Incubation Period of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) From Publicly Reported Confirmed Cases: Estimation and Application. Ann. Int. Med., Vol. 172. No. 9. pp. 577–582.

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    Siegel, D., Hui, H. C., Doerffler, E., Clarke, M. O., Chun, K., Zhang, L., … Mackman, R. L. (2017) Discovery and Synthesis of a Phosphoramidate Prodrug of a Pyrrolo[2,1‑f ][triazin-4-amino] Adenine C‑Nucleoside (GS-5734) for the Treatment of Ebola and Emerging Viruses. J. Med. Chem., Vol. 60. No. 5. pp. 1648–1661.

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    Szekanecz, Z., & Constantin, T. (2020) Citokinvihar Covid-19-fertőzésben. (Letöltve: 2021. 05. 09.)

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    Szlávik, J. (2021) Szlávik János: egy szuperfertőző maszk nélkül akár 100 embert is megfertőzhet zárt térben. (Letöltve: 2021. 05. 09.)

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    Yu, P., Zhu, J., Zhang, Z., & Han, Y. (2020) A Familial Cluster of Infection Associated With the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Indicating Possible Person-to-Person Transmission During the Incubation Period. J. Infect. Dis., Vol. 221 No. 11. pp. 1757–1761.

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