East Hanover, N.J. – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency approval for two medications that may be used to treat coronavirus, or COVID-19. The two medications, touted by President Trump recently, have shown some indications that they may help in some patients. While there is no guarantee that the medications are a true cure, any help is better than no help.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services shared Sunday that it had received a donation of 30 million doses of one medication from Sandoz, a division of Novartis AG. It has also received a donation of 1 million doses from Bayer Pharmaceuticals as well. The notice states that these companies may donate more and that production has been ramped up to help with any potential shortages.
Chloroquine and hydroxycloroquine are both typically used for treating malaria. But these two medications are just two of the medications being used to potentially treat COVID-19. Another medication, remdesivir, has also been mentioned as part of this process. Remdesivir is a medication that is designed to treat ebola patients, but has shown some promise against COVID-19.
This is the second big approval for the FDA in the past week. Late last week, the FDA gave approval to a new coronavirus test that will give results in 5 minutes. The test was developed by Abbott Laboratories and can deliver positive results in as little as 5 minutes, or negative results in as little as 13 minutes. This is one of the quickest tests available for COVID-19 now.
Abbott indicates that up to 50,000 tests will be available to be performed on this platform per day. Expanding testing capabilities will continue to help aid in the response to COVID-19. Initially, there were many concerns related to the capacity of tests across the US. It seems that the tests are available, but supplies to perform the tests is now an issue.
As of the time of this writing, the United States leads all countries with over 153,000 reported cases of COVID-19. Over 2800 deaths have been reported and over 5,500 patients have recovered from COVID-19. The US continues to combat the virus with social distancing measures, which were recently expanded by President Trump.
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