So another drug touted by Donald Trump turns out to be a dud.
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
The World Health Organization on Thursday recommended against continuing to use the antiviral remdesivir to treat COVID-19, saying the drug, which President Trump received in October when he was hospitalized with the coronavirus, has “no meaningful effect on mortality or on other important outcomes for patients.”
That stinging scientific rebuke comes one month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus infection, despite limited and conflicting evidence on its effectiveness. While a clinical trial conducted in May by federal scientists found that the drug shortened recovery time for COVID-19 patients, a more comprehensive study by the WHO found that it did not prevent death for patients who took it.
In its decision to approve remdesivir to treat COVID-19, the FDA also relied on data provided by Gilead Sciences, the drug’s manufacturer, which critics consider unreliable because the results were not compared to treatment with a placebo, the New York Times reported.
The FDA, meanwhile, “never consulted a group of outside experts that it has at the ready to weigh in on complicated antiviral drug issues,” Science News reported.
Trump boasted that thanks to remdesivir, “we’re going to be having some really incredible results” in helping patients.
As we all heard when he was hospitalized Trump received a number of medications to help fight the infection, including some that are not available to the public at large, apparently the one that Trump identified as a sort of magic bullet was not really helpful at all.
So I guess this one can join Hydroxychloroquine as just another example of snake oil that Donald Trump has been trying to sell to the American people.
It continues to baffle me that people are still looking to Donald Trump for guidance on how to deal with the Coronavirus.