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WHO study finds remdesivir didn't help COVID-19 patients

A large study led by the World Health Organization suggests that the antiviral drug remdesivir did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients

10/17/2020 11:58:00 PM

The U.N. health agency says the world's largest randomized trial of COVID-19 treatments found “conclusive evidence” that remdesivir, a drug used to treat Pres. Trump when he fell ill, has little or no effect on severe cases.

A large study led by the World Health Organization suggests that the antiviral drug remdesivir did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients

received when he was infected earlier this month.The WHO study involved more than 11,000 patients in 30 countries. About 2,750 were randomly assigned to get remdesivir. The rest got either the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, the immune-system booster interferon, the antiviral combo lopinavir-ritonavir, or just usual care. The other drugs have largely been ruled out for COVID-19 by previous studies, but not remdesivir.

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Death rates after 28 days, the need for breathing machines and time in the hospital were relatively similar for those given remdesivir versus usual care.The results have not been published in a journal or reviewed by independent scientists, but were posted on a site researchers use to share results quickly.

“The big story is the finding that remdesivir produces no meaningful impact on survival,” Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor who led othercoronavirustreatment research, said in a statement.“This is a drug that has to be given by intravenous infusion for five to 10 days,” and costs about $2,550 per treatment course, he said. “COVID affects millions of people and their families around the world. We need scalable, affordable and equitable treatments.”

Dr. Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman, attributed the difference in the conclusions of the two studies to the fact WHO's was larger.“It’s just a much higher-powered study,” she said. “It’s quadruple the number of people in all the other studies."

However, Dr. Andre Kalil, a University of Nebraska infectious disease specialist who helped lead the U.S. remdesivir study, said the WHO one was poorly designed, which makes its conclusions less reliable. Patients and doctors knew what treatment they were using, there was no placebo infusion to help avoid biased reporting of risks or benefits, there was little information about the severity of patients' symptoms when treatments began and a lot of missing data, he said.

“Poor quality study design cannot be fixed by a large sample size, no matter how large it is,” Kalil wrote in an email.Furthermore, the WHO study tested 10 days of remdesivir, so some patients may have been hospitalized longer than they needed to be just to finish treatment, making their length of stay look bad in comparison to others getting usual care.

Remdesivir’s maker, Gilead Sciences, said in a statement that the results are inconsistent with more rigorous studies and have not been fully reviewed or published.———Marchione reported from Milwaukee.———The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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But it prevents early infection from getting severe. Don’t wait until the horse is out of the barn! Why is fake news ABC saying 'when he fell ill' rather than when he caught Covid? Guess, it won't suit their mischievous narrative that the drug can't be useful for Covid treatment since Trump's case has proven a lie their sustained narrative along evil WHO, that Covid has no cure

I could of told you that. But I hear drinking bleach is possible. Yeah so, just like hydro and other meds, they seem to work better 1 in early stages or two in less severe cases, just like many viruses. If a virus has spread and its severe there’s little any can do. This is nothing new Hunter Biden needs to come out and tell the world that the laptop, emails and the porn found on it were not his. Both he and Joe Biden need to tell us that they did not benefit financially by political favors granted to China and Russia. That they haven’t means there GUILTY!

What a waste of the drug. They should have pushed through with the intravenous bleach! Nothing Trump or the people who belief the USA is not free and wish good will toward all, can do or discover anything good. Convos 19 rules SharoninFlorida Irresponsible post. This study hasn’t even been peer reviewed

ABC bullshit reporting!! Japan is the first country in the world that gave remdesivir the approval for the purpose of dosing seriously ill covid patients in May while U.S. approved it by EUA. Why is there a bottle of hydroxychloroquine on your front page talking about Remdisivir? Anything to try to discredit the president the evidence is staring right in front of us president Donald Trump he looks pretty healthy to me

Have they worked out why Africa is doing so well and also take it regularly? Possible side effects: orange Key word is severe cases what say u boofhead Kelly/BOLT about this announcement So covid is a big nothingburger? If Trump, a big old fat guy treated with something that didn't work for over it, what do we have to fear?

The MSM cranks out another irresponsible, misleading headline : It has not been peer reviewed. But critics have a point about the cost effectiveness and scalability of this drug. if the pic didnt show up in the rt its a bottle of hydroxychloriquine!!!!!!!!!!!! In other works wonders for those who claim to have covid, but don’t actually have it 😜

Who would believe the WHO? If the WHO is credible, there will be no pandemic. DonaldTrump irresponsable he is aiding the spread of covid StopArmenianAggression StopArmenianTerrorism DontBelieveAzerbaijan Chi-na virus What a shitty article. You put the wrong medicine as the pic and fail to mention WHO's part in the China cover up. It's like you're trying to deflate hope.

Ok, great, thank you, so what does and how did this morbidly obese and grossly unhealthy man beat covid then? so typical of the lying dotard, wonder how many died because of his touting drugs that dont work, is he a doctor, no Surprised to not see AdvilRelief on this list The world registers more than 410,000 new infections in one day, the highest number since the pandemic began, and of these almost 70,000 were infected in the US. Because of Trump's incompetence, we get sick and our people die ... We can't stand this inept president anymore!

Like we can trust the UN😂😂 If you still think the dotard ever had the virus, you’re a fool. That scheme was trying to be his October surprise. Of course it doesn't. If President Trump would of said it didn't work you people would have been saying it was the drug to save the world. ABC HAS NO CREDIBILITY.

Liberal Logic 101: The drug used to treat and cure President Trump didn't work at all. Even though it did. On severe cases right? What defines severe? Fake potus promoting fake news and fake drugs. Time for sales job, great fit We all know you democrats and y’all in the liberal media shoot down any positive news of coronavirus going away. It’s almost like y’all want it to stay around so Biden can use it as a political talking point or something 🤔🤷🏽‍♂️🤦🏽

Yes. We should definitely defer to the UN. After all, we will eventually fall under the umbrella of 'One World Government'. This is such a disingenuous headline. It says it doesn’t work for patients that are so bad they are on Ventilators which is about .01 of the people that get it. The UN says a lot of stupid things, what makes this any different?

But it is a cure! thought it was a 'hoax' That’s right. It needs to be used EARLY to work. Does this mean Trump is dead? And we're literally watching Weekend at Bernie's?

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WHO-Backed Study Finds No Remdesivir Benefit for Hospitalized Covid-19 PatientsA multicountry study funded by the World Health Organization found that the antiviral drug remdesivir didn’t reduce deaths from Covid-19 in hospitalized patients, a result that adds to debate over the medicine’s utility in treating the new coronavirus If this is accurate, and I’m assuming it is, how have doctors made such significant progress in treating the infected and shrinking mortality rates over the past few months? I think the key with any treatment is to start it EARLY. This can’t be right - Fauci said it works

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Study finds 4 drugs have little to no effect on COVID-19The U.N. health agency says the world’s largest randomized trial of COVID-19 treatments found “conclusive evidence” that remdesivir, a drug used to treat U.S. President Donald Trump when he fell ill, has little or no effect on severe cases good Except the fact that ABC is reporting it and it is the UN and it worked on President Trump, it's no good then......Fake News Doubt Trump even had Covid-19 coronavirus TrumpVirus