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Remdesivir was only drug that received Emergency Use Authorisation for Covid-19 from the US Food and Drug Administration. Flickr

Anti-viral drug Remdesivir has little or no effect in the recovery and mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, said a World Health Organisation (WHO) study, giving a big blow to the hope that the drug from US-based Gilead Sciences raised in combating the pandemic.

The WHO said that the Solidarity Therapeutics Trial produced “conclusive evidence” on the effectiveness of repurposed drugs for COVID-19 in record time — just six months.


Interim results from the world’s largest randomized control trial on COVID-19 therapeutics have been uploaded as a preprint at medRxiv, the WHO said, adding that the results are under review for publication in a medical journal.

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The study, which spans more than 30 countries, looked at the effects of these treatments on overall mortality, initiation of ventilation, and duration of hospital stay in hospitalized patients.


Anti-viral drug Remdesivir has little or no effect in the recovery and mortality of hospitalized Covid-19 patients, said a World Health Organisation. Unsplash

The results from the study indicate that Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir, and interferon regimens appeared to have little or no effect on 28-day mortality or the in-hospital course of COVID-19 among hospitalized patients.

“These Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, and interferon regimens appeared to have little or no effect on hospitalized COVID-19, as indicated by overall mortality, initiation of ventilation and duration of hospital stay,” said the study.

Also Read: Antibodies of Patients With Severe Covid-19 Affect Immune System: Study

The study conducted in 405 hospitals across 30 countries involved 11,266 adults.

Remdesivir was the only drug that received Emergency Use Authorisation for Covid-19 from the US Food and Drug Administration. (IANS)


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