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Hospitalized Covid-19 Patients Recovered Faster With Arthritis Drug

Hospitalized Covid-19 Patients Recovered Faster With Arthritis Drug”

An overactive immune system could also lead to serious problems among COVID-19 patients.

Remdesivir was granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) in May after trial data showed it helped shorten hospital recovery time by 31%.

Lilly said the drug, which is branded as Olumiant, in combination remdesivir showed a roughly one-day reduction in median recovery time versus patients treated with remdesivir alone.

Eli Lilly & Co. and Incyte Corp. said Monday they will seek USA emergency-use authorization for their rheumatoid arthritis drug Olumiant as a treatment for Covid-19, after a study showed that it helped hospitalized patients recover sooner. Recovery was also distinguished by those no longer hospitalized after 29 days.

In another study, inflammation has been pointed to by several health experts as the reason why some COVID-19 patients with advanced age are having a hard time fighting off the virus.

Baricitinib plus remdesivir also met a key secondary endpoint in 15-day improvement on the ordinal eight-point scale gauging patient status from fully recovered to death, versus lone remdesivir. If authorized, the company will propose that baricitinib be available through commercial channels and will work with hospitals and governments to ensure patient access.

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The study was overseen by an independent data and safety monitoring board, and additional analyses are continuing to properly interpret all of the clinical outcome data, including mortality and safety findings, as how they pertain to current COVID-19 care understanding.

"These findings from ACTT-2 are another step as we improve the care of these patients", Kalil said in a statement.

It was the first drug that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment to COVID-19.

Lilly said it planned to discuss with regulators the possible emergency use of baricitinib for hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

The anti-inflammatory drug Olumiant is sold by Eli Lilly as a treatment to rheumatoid arthritis, the kind of arthritis that occurs when the immune system mistakenly or overreacts and attacks the joints resulting to inflammation.

Baricitinib, a JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor licensed to Lilly from Incyte and marketed as OLUMIANT, is approved in more than 70 countries as a treatment for adults with moderately to severely active RA.

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