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The ICMR reports Remdesivir to work against COVID-19 replication

Author : Saipriya Iyer | Published Date : 2020-04-14 

The ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), the apex biomedical research authority of India, has reportedly stated that an antiviral drug, remdesivir, may turn out to be highly effective to stop the replication of SARS CoV-2, the virus that is responsible for causing coronavirus. Remdesivir was previously used at the time of the Ebola outbreak.

The ICMR stated that research regarding the safety and efficacy to treat COVID-19 is part of a WHO’s Solidarity Trial.

As per a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, two of the three critical coronavirus infected patients relying on ventilators or oxygen support showed improvement when remdesivir was administered to them.

Speaking on the research, Raman R Gangakhedkar, Head of the Epidemiology and Communicable diseases, ICMR stated that remdesivir, which was utilized against Ebola, also restricts reproduction of COVID-19 as per the researchers, which is a prime factor for it to be effective for the treatment of COVID-19.

Gangakhedkar further added that recently reported study on the use of this drug for coronavirus treatment was not a clinical study, but an observational study. From this study, the researchers found that about 68 percent or two of three patients after the administration of remdesivir did not need ventilators or the amount of oxygen support they required decreased. More about the drug efficiency would be known from the WHO Solidarity Trial, which has a division looking into this.

Gilead Sciences Inc. develops the antiviral drug remdesivir, however, it is currently not available in the nation. The Indian government is working to see whether any pharma company can produce this drug locally.

India is seeing a steady growth in the number of COVID-19 patients every day. The number of cases in the country has surged to 9,352 while the death toll has reached 324 as per the stats provided by the Union Health Ministry on Monday. However, according to a PTI tally of the numbers provided by several states on Monday, at least 9,975 people were infected while 346 casualties were reported.   

 

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