FDA allows emergency use of drug for coronavirus

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Posted: May 1, 2020 3:26 PM
Updated: May 1, 2020 3:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. regulators will allow emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster.

It is the first drug shown to help fight coronavirus.

The Food and Drug Administration acted Friday after preliminary results from a government-sponsored study showed that the drug Remdesivir shortened the time to recovery for hospitalized patients.

The drug also might be reducing deaths, although that’s not certain from the partial results revealed so far.

Drugmaker Gilead Sciences has said it would donate its currently available stock of the drug and is ramping up production to make more.

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