US Markets

WHO study says remdesivir did not reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients - FT

Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir had no substantial effect on COVID-19 patients' chances of survival, a clinical trial by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Oct 15 (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc's GILD.O remdesivir had no substantial effect on COVID-19 patients' chances of survival, a clinical trial by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

The antiviral drug, among the first to be used as a treatment for COVID-19, was one of the drugs recently used to treat U.S. President Donald Trump's coronavirus infection.

The Financial Times report cites results from WHO's Solidarity trial, which evaluated effects of four potential drug regimens, including remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, anti-HIV combination drug of lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon, in 11,266 hospitalized patients.

Hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir were stopped in June after they proved ineffective, but the other trials continued in more than 500 hospitals and 30 countries, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said at an event on Wednesday. (https://bit.ly/3dxberd)

The study found none of the treatments "substantially affected mortality" or reduced the need to ventilate patients, according to the Financial Times, which said it had seen a copy of the study.

The WHO did not comment on the FT report, saying the results of the study were not yet public.

Earlier this month, Gilead said remdesivir cut COVID-19 recovery time by five days compared to patients on placebo in a 1,062-patient study. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

(Reporting by Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

((Vishwadha.Chander@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780, outside U.S. +91 80 6749 6132;))

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

In This Story

GILD

Latest Markets Videos

    Reuters

    Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest international multimedia news provider reaching more than one billion people every day. Reuters provides trusted business, financial, national, and international news to professionals via Thomson Reuters desktops, the world's media organizations, and directly to consumers at Reuters.com and via Reuters TV.

    Learn More