10 Covid-19 drugs in clinical trial in the United States: Trump


WASHINGTON: As many as 10 drugs are currently in clinical trials in the United States as part of the administration’s “unprecedented” efforts to find a therapeutic solution to the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic, said President Donald Trump.
In the absence of a vaccine or drug, the new coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 88,500 people and infected almost 1.5 million people worldwide. The United States alone accounts for 4.3 lakh of infections and 14,700 deaths.
“As American industry prepares to help, so do American doctors and scientists. Ten drugs are currently in clinical trials and my administration is taking unprecedented steps to make new treatments and treatments available without delay, “Trump told reporters at his daily coronavirus press conference. Wednesday.
“Doctors, laboratory technicians, companies are offering things that I hope in the very near future are going to be very, very special, very important,” he said.
Responding to questions, Vice President Mike Pence said the United States is conducting four separate clinical trials on the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine.
Hydroxychloroquine has been identified by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a possible treatment for COVID-19.
“I believe we will have about four separate clinical trials underway to study hydroxychloroquine,” said Pence with a note of caution.
“But it is important to remember that, as the President has repeatedly pointed out, the FDA has approved what is called off-label use and therefore by consulting your doctor, if your doctor determines that it is appropriate to write a prescription for hydroxychloroquine, we are working today to make it available across the country, “he said.
India, the world’s largest producer of hydroxychloroquine, has agreed to lift the ban on exports to the United States after Trump spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone last week.
“It is widely available today as an antimalarial drug, but we are working across the country and abroad to increase this supply, but we are studying it in at least four different clinical trials,” said the vice president.
Henry Ford Hospital is conducting a clinical trial for hydroxychloroquine. The hospital had a rather overwhelming response to the initial trial, which begins this week with 3,000 people taking hydroxychloroquine or a placebo, said Pence.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, said that a number of different clinical trials were underway.
Some of them are randomized controlled trials, which is the optimal way to ultimately determine if something is safe and effective and works. But there are many different ways of looking at this, he added.
“It is compared to placebo, it is part of a multi-arm trial comparing it to others. There is one trial that was recently started in prophylaxis among healthcare workers, so there are several, “said Fauci.
“In addition to that, there is what has just been said now that any doctor, in consultation with his patient, can make the decision to use the drug on an unspecified label. So we have two things going on simultaneously. We are currently conducting formal clinical trials and off-label use, “he said.


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