Dear colleagues, patients, friends and guests,
This article delineates the population Remdesivir addresses, clinical trials of the drug, prescription information, and possible side effects. According to the FDA, the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) is applied for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care.
The article states that the approval does not include the entire population that had been authorized to use Veklury under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) originally issued on May 1, 2020. Clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of Veklury in the pediatric patient population are ongoing. It includes pediatric patients weighing 3.5 kg to less than 40 kg or hospitalized pediatric patients less than 12 years of age weighing at least 3.5 kg.
The FDA describes the possible side effects that include: increased levels of liver enzymes, which may be a sign of liver injury; and allergic reactions, which may include changes in blood pressure and heart rate, low blood oxygen level, fever, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling (e.g., lips, around eyes, under the skin), rash, nausea, sweating or shivering.
The question is: if the drug causes the side effects that mimic the signs and symptoms of the disease it treats, what is the efficacy of it? The clinical trials of Remdecivir will most likely continue in order to research its medical efficiency for all age groups of the population, and even outside hospitals and clinics supplied with intensive care units.
References: FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19 (October 22, 2020). FDA.COM. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/.../fda-approves-first-treatment...
Inna Melnikov, DACM, LAc, National Board Certified by the NCCAOM”.
Inna practices Chinese medicine at Reclaim Your Body Holistic Wellness. She offers Acupuncture, herbs and much more.
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