Another life-saving Covid drug identified

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UK experts say they have found another life-saving drug that can help people ill with Covid.

The anti-inflammatory baricitinib is normally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Trials suggest it can cut death risk by about a fifth in patients needing hospital care for severe Covid.

It could be used with other Covid treatments, such as the cheap steroid dexamethasone, to save even more lives, researchers say.

That might halve deaths.

The NHS may soon recommend baricitinib based on these new results. A 10-day course of the pills costs around £250, although the NHS may be able to negotiate a discount.

Period3 Mar 2022

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  • TitleAnother life-saving Covid drug identified
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    PersonsKenneth Baillie