DOH studying Remdesivir against Covid
The Department of Health (DOH) is conducting an independent assessment on the possible use of anti-Ebola drug Remdesivir for treating coronavirus disease in the country, according to a report by Philippine Star.
Last week, the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Remdesivir as treatment for COVID-19.
“We are carefully reviewing the basis for the US FDA approval,” the DOH said in a statement about the Philippines’ parallel evaluation of Remdesivir to determine if it can be used in the treatment of COVID-19.
“Our Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) here in the country will also conduct an independent assessment of all available data (on Remdesivir) to come up with a good recommendation (on its use for COVID-19),” the DOH said.
Remdesivir, an antiviral drug originally developed to treat Ebola, is believed to help COVID-19 patients recover faster.
US President Donald Trump is the most high-profile COVID-19 patient known to have been treated with the Ebola drug.
Interim results of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Solidarity Trial on COVID-19 Therapeutics, however, showed Remdesivir had little or no effect on COVID-19 patients.
In the country, the DOH said patients may avail themselves of Remdesivir after securing a compassionate special permit from the local FDA.
“Remdesivir will continue to be available for compassionate use, according to PSMID (Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) guidelines, until these are modified accordingly,” the DOH said.
The local FDA said the decision on whether or not Remdesivir will be used in the country is not dependent on the results of the WHO solidarity trial.
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