What is 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) ?


  • The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted permission for emergency use of anti-COVID-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in collaboration with Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL),Hyderabad.

About 2-DG

  • 2-DG halts the spread of COVID-19 inside the body cells.
  • Clinical trial results have shown that this molecule helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence.
  • In efficacy trends, the patients treated with 2-DG showed faster symptomatic cure than Standard of Care (SoC) on various endpoints.
  • A significantly favourable trend (2.5 days difference) was seen in terms of the median time to achieving normalisation of specific vital signs parameters when compared to SoC.

    Source: The Hindu
  • The Drugs Controller General of India approved an anti-COVID oral drug, developed by DRDO, for emergency use as adjunct therapy in moderate to severe coronavirus patients based on this compound.
  • The drug comes in powder form in sachet, which is taken orally by dissolving it in water. Clinical trial results have shown that 2-DG helps in faster recovery of hospitalised patients and reduces supplemental oxygen dependence.

How 2-DG reduces dependence on oxygen

  • The 2 DG drug, like glucose, spreads through the body, reaches the virus-infected cells and prevents virus growth by stopping viral synthesis and destroys the protein’s energy production.
  • The drug also works on virus infection spread into lungs which help us to decrease patients dependability on oxygen.

Source: The Hindu

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