Covid-19 has changed the face of the world and pushed humanity into a zone that seemed no less than a fantasy – a bad fantasy. Many nations are battling to get out of the clutches of the pandemic whereas many nations have succumbed to its gruesome nature. Infants and older people are at high risk, but the fear of corona is also looming on the young and healthy.
The stats say that one affected person can infect 2-2.5 people, and this is a cause for concern. On one side, governments are imposing strict measures of social distancing, quarantine, and lockdown, and on the other, companies, NGOs, and individuals are putting their best foot forward to help the society with their philanthropic gestures.
Zim Labs, a Nagpur-based pharmaceutical product manufacturing company, is at the forefront of helping the nation with its innovation, and is racing against the time to develop a few handy products that can prevent people from getting affected by the deadly virus.
Zim with its technology-backed solutions caters to a wide market and pioneers the research of taste masking and solubility & stability enhancements of drugs. In these turbulent times, Zim is focusing all its research to eradicate the pandemic and strengthen its core objective to make a healthy planet.
1) Establishment of Business Continuity
In tough times, there should not be a stop on the medical supplies and life-saving drugs. Zim Labs has planned for the exigencies and ensured that there is business continuity. The plant was in operation producing drugs and immunity boosters that can help prevent the infection.
The company has retained all the employees. A part of the staff is working from home and critical functions are working from the plant to ensure a seamless production. There are ample supplies of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. This is one of the few pharmaceutical labs in India, which is functioning to its potential to keep the virus at bay.
2) Launch of a Novel Hand Sanitizer
Zim Labs has recently launched a novel hand sanitizer with a formulation reported to possess long-lasting anti-viral activity. When compared to other sanitizers in the market, the effect of this one lasts long, nearly 3 hours. The sanitizer got approval from the WHO and Government of India, and Zim distributed a lot of free samples along with sanitizing the public places.
Most of the hand sanitizers are alcohol-based and have the least activity against most common viruses. More than 80 percent of ethyl alcohol concentration is needed for the virucidal activity, but the sanitizers are less effective on enveloped viruses. Other limitations include chances of misuse as ethanol is an active ingredient, allergic reactions in some people, short duration of action, and presence of bleaching agents, peroxides, and other harmful chemicals. The sanitizer developed by Zim Labs overcomes all these limitations.
The EN 1500 is a European Standard test method that evaluates the efficacy of a hygienic handrub by measuring the number of viable bacteria remaining on the fingertips after contamination and handrub exposure. The Zim sanitizer is qualified as EN 1500 hygienic handrub method. This is a feather in Zim’s cap as it crosses a milestone to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
3) Introduction of Gingerol ODS to Boost Immunity
Zim Labs is a pioneer in the development of Oral Disintegrating Strips (ODS). Ginger has a lot of medicinal properties with the extract inhibiting the calicivirus, HSV-1, acyclovir-resistant strains of HSV-1, HSV-2 virus, Chikungunya, and Zika. Zim Labs blended the healing properties of Ginger into a strip and made it easily ingestible.
The highly portable Ginger-based ODS disintegrates instantly and there is a hassle-free administration. It can be simply placed on the tongue and it dissolves. It’s non-obstructive in nature and can be given to elderly and bed-ridden patients. Gingerol is Zim’s contribution to the nation in its fight against Covid-19.
4) Distribution of essentials at Hospitals and Police stations
Zim Labs is distributing drugs and pharma essentials at hospitals and police stations. The company is spreading awareness to people in different ways to prevent coronavirus attacks and how they can stay safe amid all the trouble. Police and other law enforcement agencies are doing their part in preventing this ghastly virus, so Zim is doing its best to help them with medical supplies.
Zim Labs has distributed hand sanitizers to Food4Curfew, a non-profit organization that’s feeding the needy in these tough times.
Zim Labs is doing a lot of noble work to ward off the fear of corona from people’s minds. It’s advocating the good principles and practices to be followed during the times of virus attack. This is just the tip of the iceberg and Zim is planning other activities that will make the nation physically and emotionally strong with its range of offerings.