FDA Has Approved Emergency Use Of Remdesivir To Treat COVID-19

FDA Has Approved Emergency Use Of Remdesivir To Treat COVID-19

5/1/2020 11:59:00 PM

FDA Has Approved Emergency Use Of Remdesivir To Treat COVID-19

The approval comes days after the NIH announcement of preliminary results showing a four-day shortening of hospital stays after treatment with the drug.

of the drug. In an experiment on 1,063 patients, the study found that while the drug did not statistically reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients, it did lead to median hospital stays of 11 days, rather than 15 for patients who received a placebo.News of the approval came from President Donald Trump in

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an Oval Office announcementon Friday with the CEO of Gilead Sciences, the drug's maker. Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug that interferes with the reproduction of viruses in cells, originally intended to treat the MERS and SARS coronaviruses."I think this really illustrates what can happen in such a short time," said Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

A separate smaller trialof remdesivir in 237 patients published in The Lancet on Wednesday found no clinical benefits to treating COVID-19 patients with the drug, and was halted because it caused a higher percentage of side effects. However, the study did show similar signs of shortening hospital stays, although not to a statistically significant extent. Both studies started in February. headtopics.com

"The bottom line is that we have shown that an anti-viral can affect this virus and that is in and of itself a great advance," University of Toronto professor Peter Jüni, the editor-in-chief of the journal Trials, told BuzzFeed News. Jüni suggested that larger clinical trials with more patients will show when during an infection patients will benefit the most from infusion with the drug.

Dan Vergano is a science reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. Read more: BuzzFeed »

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FDA Issues Emergency Approval For Coronavirus Treatment DrugBREAKING: The Food and Drug Administration has approved the experimental drug remdesivir for treating coronavirus patients. At $1000 a pill, of course they did. The pharmaceutical industry... for those who can afford it?

FDA Issues Emergency Approval For Coronavirus Treatment DrugBREAKING: The Food and Drug Administration has approved the experimental drug remdesivir for treating coronavirus patients.

FDA Issues Emergency Approval For Coronavirus Treatment DrugBREAKING: The Food and Drug Administration has approved the experimental drug remdesivir for treating coronavirus patients.