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Remdesivir becomes first Covid-19 treatment to receive FDA approval

The US Food and Drug Administration approved remdesivir for the treatment of coronavirus infection, the drug's maker, Gilead Sciences, said Thursday.T...

Posted: Oct 22, 2020 2:08 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2020 4:26 PM

The US Food and Drug Administration approved remdesivir for the treatment of coronavirus infection, the drug's maker, Gilead Sciences, said Thursday.

The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, has been used under emergency use authorization. It is the first drug to be approved for treating Covid-19.

'In the United States, Veklury is indicated for adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kg) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization,' the company said in a statement.

'Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care.'

Earlier this month, a World Health Organization-sponsored global study found remdesivir did not help patients survive or even recover faster, but a US study found the infused drug shortened recovery time for some patients by about a third.

The FDA uses data submitted by a drug's maker when it's considering approval. Gilead submitted a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed the drug shortened the course of illness from an average of 15 days to about 11 days in hospitalized patients.

The FDA also considered two other studies. One showed a slight benefit of the drug and another showed the drug did not make much difference.

'Today's approval is supported by data from multiple clinical trials that the agency has rigorously assessed and represents an important scientific milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic,' FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement.

'As part of the FDA's Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program, the agency will to continue to help move new medical products to patients as soon as possible, while at the same time determining whether they are effective and if their benefits outweigh their risks.'

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Cases: 3592560

Reported Deaths: 53854
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Los Angeles120012821916
Riverside2909043892
San Bernardino2875133116
San Diego2623603371
Orange2622414075
Santa Clara1114601822
Kern104057937
Fresno960231466
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Alameda811681285
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San Joaquin672841182
Contra Costa63142701
Stanislaus56602957
Tulare48203770
Monterey42373329
San Mateo39225525
San Francisco34480426
Santa Barbara32267422
Solano30305167
Merced29376413
Sonoma28379303
Imperial26946641
Kings22150227
Placer20035232
San Luis Obispo19835246
Madera15596214
Santa Cruz14790187
Marin13337198
Yolo12895185
Shasta11102179
Butte11033169
El Dorado9204100
Napa909475
Sutter892398
Yuba579539
San Benito578161
Lassen563324
Tehama511852
Nevada402274
Tuolumne397259
Mendocino383444
Amador348041
Humboldt326633
Lake318141
Glenn223623
Colusa214213
Calaveras192849
Siskiyou179014
Inyo133437
Mono12194
Del Norte10205
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Mariposa3957
Trinity3735
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