According to a report on BBC, clinical trial results for a new experimental drug to treat COVID show that it could cut the risk of hospitalization and death for the virus is half.
The pill, Molnupiravir, was given to patients diagnosed with coronavirus, twice a day.
Merck, the drug maker, declared that the results were positive to the point that outside monitors requested the trial be stopped early.
It said it would apply for emergency use authorisation for the drug in the US in the next two weeks.
Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to US President Joe Biden, said the results were "very good news", but urged caution until the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had reviewed the data.
If authorised by regulators, molnupiravir would be the first oral antiviral medication for Covid-19.
The pill, which was originally developed to treat influenza, is designed to introduce errors into the genetic code of the virus, preventing it from spreading in the body.
An analysis of 775 patients in the study found:
- 7.3% of those given molnupiravir were hospitalised
- that compares with 14.1% of patients who were given a placebo or dummy pill
- there were no deaths in the molnupiravir group, but eight patients who were given a placebo in the trial later died of Covid
The data was published in a press release and has not yet been peer-reviewed.
Unlike the vaccines, the pill targets the enzyme that the virus uses to replicate itself rather than targeting the spike protein on the outside of the virus.
I think the pill would definitely be a good alternative to the vaccine since there have been so many adverse reactions and deaths related to the vaccines.
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