Eli Lilly's drug cuts COVID-19 recovery time in remdesivir-combo study

Eli Lilly's drug cuts COVID-19 recovery time in remdesivir-combo study

According to Eli Lilly, the combination met the primary endpoint of reduced recovery time, which was defined as that the participant was well enough for discharge from hospital, meaning that they no longer needed supplemental oxygen or care continued in the hospital, or was no longer hospitalized on the 29th.

The pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly announced that the combination of its rheumatoid arthritis treatment baricitinib with remdesivir reduced the recovery time in hospitalized patients with covid-19.

The study tested baricitinib, a pill that Indianapolis-based Lilly already sells as Olumiant to treat rheumatoid arthritis, the less common form of arthritis that occurs when a mistaken or overreacting immune system attacks joints, causing inflammation.

Although the result has not yet been reviewed by independent scientists or published, the government confirmed the announcement of the drug company, according to a report on the Politico.

It was the first drug that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment to COVID-19.

Lilly said its drug, baricitinib, branded as Olumiant, in combination with remdesivir cut the median recovery time by about a day, compared to patients treated with remdesivir alone.

"As a company, we've moved quickly to develop and evaluate medicines for patients for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19", said Daniel Skovronsky, M.D., Ph.D., Lilly senior vice president and chief scientific officer.

Adding an anti-inflammatory drug to remdesivir allows a COVD-19 patient confined in the hospital to recover faster.

This announcement was made by drug company Eli Lilly which manufactures the anti-inflammatory drug Olumiant with the generic name baricitinib.

If the FDA agrees to authorize the emergency use of Olumiant, it would join a small but growing list of authorized Covid-19 treatments in the USA, following FDA authorization of Gilead's remdesivir and convalescent plasma to treat certain Covid-19 patients. Studying baricitinib in controlled trials is important in order to better characterize its potential benefits and understand the safety of its use as a COVID-19 treatment.

Eli Lilly in June also began a late-stage study to test the drug in hospitalized patients across the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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