By Julie Steenhuysen Thu, October 8, 2020, 5:16 PM EDT
By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Final data from Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir showed the treatment cut COVID-19 recovery time by five days compared with patients who got a placebo, one day faster than indicated in preliminary data, the company and researchers said on Thursday.
In patients who were on oxygen when they first got the drug, remdesivir – sold under the brand Veklury – reduced recovery time by seven days compared with placebo after 29 days, according to the 1,062-patient study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The final study looked at data at 29 days of treatment, versus a preliminary study released in May that reported results after 15 days.
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