It seems that the very first set of drugs that could save lives are now finally being identified.
On a recent research trip, Southside Light News Publisher Matt Pierce Briscoe spoke with researchers in the United States, Mexico and the UK about the more than 150 drugs that are being researched in different countries. What he learned is something that we already knew: currently existing drugs that are being trialled against the virus, and many of them are working.
So far, The UK is conducting what is believed to be the biggest clinical trial in the world, a project known simply as “Recovery.” That project has more than 12,000 patients taking part.
During his research, Matt learned that researchers in the medical field believe that it can be true that different drugs work better at different stages. For example, anti-viral drugs at the beginning can be most effective, while immune drugs in late-stage diseases often prove more beneficial. Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine at the Texas Medical Center in Houston told him that like in the UK, researchers here in the United States are studying combination therapies and how they may or may not work.
One of the drugs being looked at on a mass scale has been been proven to save lives is dexamethasone.
Researchers in Houston say that they feel that it is possible that the drug is saving lives to some extent.
Researchers say that Dexamethasone is a steroid. It calms down inflammation. Researchers say that patients who have been given the drug showed significant improvement and that global research is proving it to be an effective treatment.
Remdesivir is another drug that is working. It is an antiviral drug that was originally developed to treat Ebola.
Clinical researchers say that it is believed reduce the duration of symptoms from 15 days to 11. It has not been shown to save lives, although studies are still continuing.
The drug itself is cheap which means it could be used all around the world. So far, here in the United States we have a very large stockpile and little has been distributed around the world for use and research on a broader scale.
Another drug is Interferon beta. Researchers at Baylor say that it is a protein that the body normally produces to help ease inflammation. It is used as a treatment for multiple sclerosis and other conditions. It’s normally an intramuscular injection, but according to Baylor, their research colleagues in Great Britain are studying an inhaled dose of the medicine. They say that seems promising, well.
So while it may not always be spoken of, there is research being conducted here at home and around the word that is lending to effective possibilities for a cure for coronavirus. Time will only tell which ones work and which do not. But one thing is sure, progress is being made in the fight against coronavirus. A