Hyderabad: The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday authorised the use of medications used to treat the US President Donald Trump when he was attacked for coronavirus. The drug controller has said that the medications can be used under the ‘medical emergency’ conditions or in the case of ‘moderate conditions’.
According to the FDA, the drug can be injected on those adults who weighs more than 40 kg.
According to the statement published in the Associated Press, the drug may reduce COVID-19-related hospitalisation or emergency room visits in patients at high risk for disease progression.
It said that initially the drug would be injected on over 3,00,000 patients after which a nominal charge will be borne by the patients.
Initial supplies will likely be vastly outstripped by demand as the U.S. has surged past 12 million reported cases, with the country facing what health experts say will be a dark winter due to uncontrolled spread of the virus, read the statement released by the FDA.
Antibodies are proteins the body makes to target and help eliminate viruses, but it can take weeks for the best ones to form after infection occurs. The drugs are concentrated versions of ones that proved best able to do this in lab and animal tests, and in theory, help the body start to fight the virus right away, reports AP.