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Fujifilm starts clinical trial on Avigan for coronavirus

Company also says it is ready to ramp up production of the anti-flu medication

Tablets of Avigan shown in 2014. The anti-flu drug, made by a Fujifilm unit, is now in the spotlight as a possible coronavirus treatment   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Fujifilm Holdings announced Tuesday the start of a clinical trial for its flu-fighting drug Avigan to treat COVID-19, in which it will be administered to about 100 patients in Japanese hospitals to gauge safety and efficacy.

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