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WHO Approves Two New Treatments For COVID-19 Patients

The experts from the global health watchdog made a recommendation in British medical Journal- the BMJ.

In the image Doctor-checks on Covid019 patient. Photo used for representational purposes. (Source: PTI Image)

New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday made two new treatment recommendations including an arthritis drug to treat Coronavirus disease among patients.

The two treatments include one for serious and critical COVID-19 patients while another recommendation was for non-serious infections.

The experts from the global health watchdog made a recommendation in British medical Journal- the BMJ, for Baricitinib and Sotrovimab.

Baricitinib, which is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, is strongly recommended for patients with severe or critical covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids. The experts added that there is “evidence that Baricitinib improved survival and reduced the need for ventilation, with no observed increase in adverse effects.”

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“Baricitinib has similar effects to interleukin 6 inhibitors, which are also used to treat arthritis, so when both drugs are available the expert group suggests choosing one on the basis of cost, availability, and clinician experience,” the recommendation made in the journal read. However, it added that it does not recommend using both drugs at the same time.

The WHO group also made a conditional recommendation for the use of the monoclonal antibody Sotrovimab for non-severe COVID-19 patients, who also have highest risk of hospital admission, reflecting fewer benefits in those at lower risk.

According to the British journal, last December the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency approved Sotrovimab for people aged over 12 with mild to moderate covid-19 who were at high risk of developing severe disease, after it was shown to reduce the risk of hospital admission and death by 79 per cent in high-risk adults with symptomatic COVID-19.

Further, the WHO expert panel recommended against the use of two other drugs—Ruxolitinib and Tofacitinib—in patients with severe or critical COVID-19. The WHO expert explained that evidence from small trials failed to show benefit and suggested a possible increase in serious side effects with Tofacitinib.

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