Gilead's Remdesivir Results Encouraging, Safety Brings Skepticism
Analysts see NIAID’s placebo-controlled data as more important than Gilead’s open-label data. Quick emergency use authorization by FDA is possible, but the US agency has not confirmed EUA.
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Gilead will study inhalable remdesivir in volunteers, then hopefully in August as an earlier COVID-19 treatment. Analyst says production of 2m-plus I.V. doses by year-end could mean blockbuster revenues.
Remdesivir shows ability to yield clinical improvement in moderately ill COVID-19 patients, but data are called ‘modest’ and shorter therapy duration showed better results than longer.
The latest data on the NIAID’s ACTT-1 study offers more help for clinicians trying to determine which coronavirus patients should receive remdesivir, but selection criteria – and supply – remain uncertain.