Massachusetts to launch first US trial of Japanese coronavirus drug

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Source: Boston Globe

By Victoria McGrane

Three Massachusetts hospitals have received approval to launch the first US clinical trial of a Japanese flu drug that could be used to treat COVID-19, according to a doctor involved in the effort.

The trial — which will take place at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester — was approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration Tuesday. The small, randomized trial of the antiviral drug favipiravir will look to study its effectiveness as a treatment for patients infected with the coronavirus, according to doctors involved in the study.

The Japanese government has touted the drug, known by the brand name Avigan, as a possible treatment for COVID-19 Medical authorities in China have called the drug “clearly effective” in treating coronavirus patients after conducting two clinical trials.

Chinese researchers carried out two clinical trials of favipiravir, reporting positive results, though Fujifilm Toyoma Chemical, the drug’s developer, has declined to comment on the Chinese claims. Some of the data out of China showed that patients who were given the medicine were virus-free more quickly than those who did not receive the drug, and X-rays showed lung improvement among more of those who took the drug, according to news reports.

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