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Georgia DPH distributes remdesivir to hospitals, including Augusta University Medical Center

Georgia DPH distributes remdesivir to hospitals, including Augusta University Medical Center”

A United States pharmaceutical firm has signed agreements with drug makers in South Asia to expand supply of the drug remdesivir for treating Covid-19.

He said the results proved "a drug can block this virus" and were "opening the door to the fact that we now have the capability of treating" patients. Work on this antiviral drug and many other candidates continues as scientists hope to find safe and effective treatments to improve outcomes for COVID-19 patients. In Japan, Gilead spokeswoman Seiko Noma confirmed that an undisclosed portion of the remdesivir vials had been donated to the Japanese government.

Georgia received 30 cases from the federal government, with 40 vials of the drug per case. The drug is showing promise against COVID-19 in clinical trials, Dr. Aneesh Mehta said. The patients being given the experimental treatment will be part of an investigation into the drug's ability.

Gilead Sciences Inc's infusion-delivered remdesivir was awarded an Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 1, 2020, but hospitals are concerned about access. Hence, hospitals are recommended to set up "a lottery system to select a certain proportion of patients who become eligible for the drug".

But the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) said in a statement Sunday that the drug should be priced at no more than $1 per dose, based on a University of Liverpool research study which found the estimated cost of production of the drug was $0.93 per day.

It is expected to treat about 78,000 COVID-19 patients nationwide over the next six weeks.

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But in Senate testimony Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, director of the institute, stressed that the study's result for remdesivir "was statistically significant but really modest". A second, much larger allotment, of remdesivir will be distributed next week. However, more than 3,000 patients with coronavirus symptoms are still in hospitals. Or is it preventing people from needing treatment in intensive care?

The hospitals that got the remdesivir made a decision to give it to the state health department, which reallocated it based on need, Boucher said.

Preliminary analysis shows the median time to recovery was 11 days for patients treated with remdesivir compared with 15 days for those who received placebo.

Pakistan reported 38,512 COVID-19 cases with 823 deaths so far.

Indian medical science and drug control authorities will have to first decide how they want to use the drug on patients.

A week ago, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare granted regulatory approval of remdesivir to treat COVID-19 through an exceptional approval pathway.



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