UK coronavirus patients set to trial ‘promising’ Japanese-made drug
Source: The Evening Standard
By Elena Cruse
Some 450 UK coronavirus patients will be recruited to take part in a new trial of a “promising” Covid-19 drug.
Researchers are launching a study into a Japanese-manufactured medicine that could aid with treatment.
The trial will see participants split into three groups.
A third will receive favipiravir (Avigan) – an anti-viral drug produced by Fujifilm Toyama Chemicals in Japan, another set will be given a combination of hydroxychloroquine, zinc and azithromycin, while a third group will be given existing standard care for coronavirus.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital in London are participating in the trial, which also involves Imperial College and the Royal Brompton Hospital.
University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium aims to start a trial on up to 200 patients at a later date.
Chief investigator of the study, Professor Pallav Shah, said the pioneering trial represents a “unique opportunity” to compare different treatments.
He said the study will target early cases of Covid-19 in the hope of finding a treatment which prevents patients progressing into intensive care, reduces the length of their hospital stay and limits their infectiousness.
“Hypothetically it looks very useful, very promising; when you look at the drug’s effectiveness in vitro, it looks very good,” the professor, who works on respiratory medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said.
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