‘Remdesivir has little effect on COVID-19’ — WHO contradicts US drug company

‘Remdesivir has little effect on COVID-19’ — WHO contradicts US drug company


The World Health Organization (WHO) says remdesivir, an antiviral medication considered as one of the medicines for COVID-19; has “little or no effect” on mortality or decrease in clinic stays for patients.


This is as per the information from WHO’s solidarity preliminary.


The preliminary, led among 11,000 patients in 30 nations, included four likely medicines — remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir; HIV drug mix and interferon.


WHO, in an announcement on Thursday, said the consequences of the preliminary which are yet to be audited recommend that remdesivir; and three other existing meds for the treatment of COVID-19 have no generous impact on mortality; or on the time allotment spent in the emergency clinic.


Regardless of inquiries concerning its adequacy; remdesivir was the main medication to get the endorsement of the European Commission in the treatment of extreme instances of COVID-19 in July.


The EU had marked an agreement with Gilead Sciences, US biopharmaceutical organization; for 30,000 portions of the medication for the benefit of EU part states.



In April, Gilead had reported that the drug was discovered to be compelling on COVID-19 patients during its clinical preliminary which started in February; including that it controlled the medication on 397 seriously sick patients and the greater part of them were released inside about fourteen days.


However, WHO’s outcome negates an ongoing study conducted by Gilead; which presumed that patients accepting remdesivir recuperated five days quicker; and in patients with serious ailment, seven days quicker than those given a fake treatment.


The preliminary included 1,060 hospitalized patients around the world.


The drug organization likewise said the medication decreases the probability of patients advancing to extreme phases of the illness; and that it indicated critical decrease in mortality.


Nonetheless, WHO noticed that more up to date antiviral medications, immunomodulators; as well as hostile to SARS COV-2 monoclonal antibodies are currently being considered for assessment for new COVID-19 treatment alternatives.


With near 40 million affirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, researchers are attempting to create antibodies; and medicines to battle the pandemic and also inevitably smooth the bend of disease.

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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