Denmark on Thursday really useful US drugmaker Merck’s anti-Covid remedy molnupiravir for at-risk sufferers with signs, changing into the primary EU nation to take action.
The pill-based remedy, marketed below the identify Lagevrio, was backed for emergency use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in mid-November, permitting particular person EU international locations to determine for themselves whether or not to make use of the capsules even earlier than being formally authorised.
Lagevrio has been accredited since November within the UK and is within the strategy of being accredited within the US.
“We are recommending the pill treatment because we believe that the benefits outweigh the harms for those patients who are most at risk of becoming severely ill with Covid-19,” Kirstine Moll Harboe on the Danish Health Authority mentioned in a press release.
“At the same time we are fully aware that this is a new and unapproved treatment about which we do not yet have much knowledge.”
Moll Harboe mentioned the results of the remedy could be intently monitored.
Denmark is affected by a document wave of Covid-19 circumstances and an outbreak of the brand new Omicron variant, which is anticipated to turn into the dominant pressure in Copenhagen this week.
On Wednesday, 8,770 new circumstances had been reported, the best determine for the 5.Eight million inhabitants because the begin of the pandemic.
“We hope that the treatment will help reduce the number of hospital admissions for patients at high risk of severe disease,” Moll Harboe mentioned.
In Denmark, 508 individuals recognized with Covid-19 are at present in hospital, 66 of them in intensive care.
The full outcomes of the scientific trial launched on November 26 by Merck had been disappointing as they confirmed a a lot decrease efficacy than earlier experiences primarily based on interim knowledge.
According to the complete outcomes, the drug diminished the speed of hospitalisation and loss of life for at-risk sufferers who took it shortly after an infection by 30 % — not 50 % as earlier outcomes confirmed.
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