Morepen Labs launches a range of products in the Indian market to tackle Covid-19

Company gets license to manufacture Hydroxychloroquine

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Morepen Laboratories is all set to be a frontrunner in India’s fight against novel Coronavirus disease (popularly referred to as COVID-19). The company has launched a wide range of essential products required to combat the growing menace of COVID-19 and to prevent further spread of this disease in the country. These include non-contact infrared thermometers, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, hand wash, hand rubs and face masks, all under its umbrella brand — Dr Morepen.

The company has also received a license to manufacture Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) from State Drug Controller, (HP) last week for its Baddi plant in Himachal Pradesh and is working to commercialize the production of HCQ in both API as well as tablets form. HCQ is a prescription-based drug now commonly being recommended to Corona patients under treatment for the disease. India is taking the lead in supplying HCQ to the rest of the world, including the USA. India is the largest producer of HCQ and will continue to retain its leadership position in this time of crisis.

Speaking on the development, Sushil Suri, chairman and managing director, Morepen Laboratories, said, “The contagion is spreading fast in every nook and corner of our country. As a result, we are working round the clock to maintain regular supply of all essential items and medical supplies required in the process even during these difficult times. We stand firmly with the Government of India and customers with all the vigor and commitment to help fight COVID-19.”

‘Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers’, measure temperature by Infrared rays from a distance without any physical contact with the person whose temperature is to be measured. These thermometers swiftly measure temperature from a distance of IcmSem from the forehead of a person entering any public place like a hotel, airport, factory, office or any religious place. These are widely being used across the world to detect potential coronavirus carriers. These are battery-operated, handy, and easy to use thermometers, which do not require any trained technicians.

The Morepen company is manufacturing sanitizers according to the Government of India approved formula with 70%isopropyl alcohol and has also introduced a product with 83% ethyl alcohol (WHO formula). Further ‘hand sanitizers’ and ‘hand rub’ produced by the company also contain moisturizers like Aloe Vera, which helps in preventing hands dryness if applied multiple times in a day. The wide variety of Dr Morepen hand sanitizers catering to a cross-section of consumers like individuals, commercial establishments, hospitals and government bodies are being supplied in various pack sizes, ranging from 100ml, 200 ml, 500 ml, 1000 ml and bulk packs of 5 liters. The company has ramped up its production base and supplied more than 2 million units of hand sanitizers already in the domestic markets. Dr Morepen Hand Sanitizers are sold at Government fixed price of Rs 100 for a pack of 200ml according to the latest notifications.

Dr Morepen face mask (2-ply and 3-ply) are being offered in a pack of five (5) and fifty (50) masks according to the varying market need. Wearing face masks and maintaining social distance have become important and critical in almost every part of our country in the wake of prevailing Corona Virus disease. Wearing face mask has been made mandatory by the Government in hotspots of every State. The Government has fixed MRP of Rs 10 per unit for 3-ply masks and the company is offering its products at the same price.

The quality products being supplied by the company are gaining major traction across all marketing segments, including online channels like Flipkart and Amazon. All the products above are available in all the geographical locations and are also being supplied to both private and Government bodies involved in combat of coronavirus.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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