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  1. Kooky Korky

    COVID-19: Ivermectin

    Anyone hear of this med? It is anti-parasitic and has tremendous ability to knock out COVID 19, too. Check out Dr. Pierre Kori, MD
  2. J.Adderton

    COVID-19 Treatments: The Latest

    Since the first U.S. case of COVID-19 was diagnosed, researchers have worked to develop safe and effective treatments. While we know much more about the virus since the initial outbreak, there’s still no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. One reason is that antivirals have a complex job, and to be effective they must be able to: Target a very specific part of the virus’s life cycleKill the virus, but not harm the human cells it occupiesViruses reproduce quickly and are able to change their genetic make-up. Because the virus mutates, there’s potential for COVID-19 to adapt and build resistance when drugs and vaccinations are developed. Until a COVID-19 specific treatment is developed, let’s look at other therapies that are currently being investigated. RemdesivirResearchers are working to determine if antivirals, used to treat other viruses, might be effective against COVID-19. On May 1, 2020, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved remsdesivir for doctor’s emergency use to treat severe cases of COVID-19. Remdesivir isn’t new and was originally developed to treat Hepatitis C and the respiratory virus, RSV. The drug was also laboratory tested as a potential treatment for Ebola and two other coronaviruses, SARS and MERS. On August 10th, Gilead Sciences Inc. filed a new FDA drug application for the use of remdesivir in the treatment of COVID-19. The application was based on Gilead’s research on hospitalized COVID-19 patients treated with the antiviral. Data from two clinical studies showed: patients receiving remdesivir ecovered faster when compared with a placeboboth studies found remdesivir to be generally well-tolerated with no new safety concernsremdesivir is not effective in the prevention of COVID-19Hydroxychloroquine and AzithromycinEarly in the pandemic, reports from China and France were optimistic that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine improved symptoms of COVID-19. The countries also reported positive patient outcomes when hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin were used together. All three medications are inexpensive and have been around for a long time. Let’s look at how these medications are traditionally used: Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine Treatment of malaria and several inflammatory diseases (I.e lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)Research has shown the drugs to kill the virus in a laboratory dish by: Makes it difficult for the virus from entering cells and multiplying.If the virus does enter a cell, the drugs destroy it before it can multiply.Azithromycin Common antibiotic used to treat respiratory conditions (I.e. strep throat, bacterial pneumonia)Azithromycin has never been used specifically to treat viral infections. However, the drug does reduce inflammation caused by the coronavirus and counters an overactive immune response. In Combination More recent studies have suggested the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, with or without azithromycin, doesn’t benefit COVID-19 patients and may actually increase the risk of fatal arrhythmias. The VerdictCurrently, it’s not recommended for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to be used alone or with azithromycin to treat COVID-19, unless it is prescribed as part of a clinical trial during hospitalization. Research and clinical trials are ongoing to determine if these drugs are effective COVID-19 treatments. Convalescent PlasmaConvalescent plasma has been used to treat various illnesses for over a century. People who’ve recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their system that help fight the virus. The treatment takes plasma from those who’ve recovered from COVID-19 and it’s transfused to someone seriously ill with the virus. The donor’s antibodies help fight the illness and possibly makes the symptoms of COVID-19 less severe. On March 24th, the FDA began allowing convalescent plasma therapy to be used experimentally in patients with severe or immediately life-threatening coronavirus infections. DexamethasoneA recent British study, the RECOVERY trial, reported dexamethasone reduced death rates by a third in hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) announced dexamethasone will be incorporated into COVID-19 treatment guidelines. It is recommended for hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 and requiring respiratory assistance. Want to Know More?Check out the FDA's daily press releases to get the latest information on COVID-19. What COVID-19 treatments are you seeing used in your practice? References Harvard Health- Treatments for COVID-19 Drug Treatment for COVID-19: A Quick Summary for PCPs Low cost dexamethasone reduces death by up to one third in hospitalized patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19 FDA Recommendations: Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Potential COVID-19 Treatment
  3. tnbutterfly - Mary

    COVID-19 Remdesivir Priced at $2,340 per Patient

    As if COVID-19 isn't bad enough... The antiviral drug, Remdesivir, will be in high demand and carry a high price tag as it is one of the only treatments so far shown to alter the course of COVID-19. But this price is lower than the first estimated which was $2,520 to $2,800 just last week after British researchers announced that they found dexamethasone, much cheaper and widely available, significantly reduced mortality in severely ill COVID-19 patients. For the entire story, go to https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-gilead-sciences/gilead-prices-covid-19-drug-candidate-remdesivir-at-2340-per-patient-idUSKBN2401C8
  4. Results from the study will be published soon. To read the entire story, go to https://time.com/5854219/uk-researchers-drug-covid-survival/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=time-health&utm_content=20200616&et_rid=32587470
  5. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-plasma-analysis/europe-wants-to-make-its-own-drugs-but-it-needs-american-blood-plasma-idUSKBN23F1F7
  6. Or bleach. Whatever kills it in a minute. Also, can someone explain to me why pulmonary tanning hasn't been tried yet? Thank goodness Alex Azar put a labradoodle breeder with no public health or medical qualifications in charge of putting the coronavirus task force together. Maybe he can help look into why these ideas haven't been tried yet.
  7. ABC News Head lice drug emerges as potential coronavirus treatment, studies showhttps://abcnews.go.com/Health/head-lice-drug-emerges-potential-coronavirus-treatment-studies/story?id=70119724&cid=clicksource_4380645_4_three_posts_card_hed
  8. Read in its entirety: Expert U.S. panel develops NIH treatment guidelines for COVID-19 Read in its entirety: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines