“The raw materials for the production of these drugs were imported to the country yesterday,” Shanehsaz told FNA on Saturday.
He added that the process to produce a fully Iran-made drug has started and Iranian hospitals will start taking the drug to treat the coronavirus patients in the next 7 to 10 days.
Shanehsaz said that successful clinical tests have been carried out on the drug compound and necessary licenses have been received, adding that the medicine will be supplied to the pharmacies in the next 10 days.
Meantime, Director-General of the IFDA for Medicine Gholamhossein Mehr Alian said in a meeting on Saturday that 400,000 liters of alcohol is produced every day in Iran, adding that 25 percent of the product is sent to the hospitals.
Also, officials informed on Tuesday that Iranian researchers had discovered a medicinal compound which can treat the damage inflicted on lungs due to coronavirus infection.
“The new medicinal compound is not special to the coronavirus patients, but it treats respiratory and pulmonary diseases,” Chairman of the Biotechnology Development Council of Iran Mostafa Qaneyee said in a press conference.
He added that the new medicinal compound can decrease the time a coronavirus patient needs to stay at hospital to 4 days, noting that 40% of Iranian patients who received the combination of three drugs have been discharged from hospital in less than 4 days.
“In this treatment method, in addition to the protocols of the health ministry, the three drugs of Azithromycin, Prednisolone and Naproxen have been used as a compound,” Qaneyee said.
“We have observed that the compound rapidly decreases the CRP and the hospitalization period is reduced significantly and of course, this is the start of our research and we will inform you of other researches too after receiving license from the Coronavirus Campaign Headquarters,” he added.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting over 170 countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 11,500 people and infected over 278,000 others globally.
Iran reported on Saturday 1,556 fatalities and 20,610 cases of infection. Meanwhile, 7,635 people have recovered.
The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
As the death toll from the virus surges, Iran intensifies its preventive safety measures. Closures of schools and universities have been extended for the next two weeks.
The government also imposed travel restrictions, specially on Iran’s north, which is among the red zones. The country has also adopted strict digital health control procedures at airports to spot possible infections.
Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced earlier this month that a new national mobilization plan would be implemented across the country to fight against the coronavirus epidemic and more effectively treat patients.
Namaki said that the plan will include all the 17,000 health centers and the 9,000 medical and clinical centers in all cities, suburban areas and villages.
He added that the plan will include home quarantine, noting that infected people will receive the necessary medicines and advice, but they are asked to stay at home.
Namaki said that people with a more serious condition will stay at the hospitals, adding that the public places will be disinfected, the entries of infected towns and cities will be controlled to diagnose and quarantine the infected cases.
He added that the necessary equipment and facilities have been provided, expressing the hope that the epidemic would be curbed.
Namaki said that the number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infection has reached 22, and will increase to 40 soon.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says Iran's response to the virus has so far been up to the mark. Still, it says the US sanctions are a big challenge, and Washington would be complicit in the rising death toll in Iran if it would not remove its sanctions.
The World Health Organization has considered priorities in combating coronavirus and Islamic Republic of Iran obeys and follows up priorities as defined by WHO.
The WHO is dispatching separate delegations to all countries.