Taskforce recommends Remdesivir as first drug for COVID-19 treatment
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce is recommending the use of Remdesivir to treat people with the coronavirus.
The antiviral drug is the first medication recommended as a considered treatment for hospitalised patients with COVID-19.
Originally developed for the treatment of Ebola, clinical trials show Remdesivir may decrease recovery time in people with moderate, severe or critical COVID-19.
The taskforce comprises 28 peak health professional bodies.
Taskforce boss, Associate Professor Julian Elliott, says that while it’s early days in testing, it is a significant step forward.
He says this is the first information we have that a drug has a beneficial effect as a treatment for COVID-19.
Professor Elliott added that there are now 10 registered trials on the use of Remdesivir in the treatment of the virus.