10 Covid-19 drugs in clinical trial in the USA USA: Trump

WASHINGTON: Up to 10 medications are currently in the United States as part of the administration's unprecedented effort to find a therapeutic solution to the rapidly spreading pandemic, President Donald trump has said.

In the absence of a vaccine or medication, the new coronavirus has claimed more than 88,500 lives and infected nearly 1.5 million people worldwide. The United States alone accounts for 4.3 lakh infections and 14,700 deaths.

As the American industry moves forward to help, so do America's doctors and scientists. Ten drugs are now in clinical trials and my administration is taking unprecedented steps to make new therapies and treatments available without delay, Trump told reporters during his daily coronavirus press conference. on Wednesday.

Doctors, laboratory technicians, companies are coming up with things that I hope will be very, very special, very important in the very near future, he said.

In response to questions, Vice President Mike Pence said the United States was conducting four separate clinical trials on the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine.

Hydroxychloroquine has been identified by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

I believe we will have approximately four separate clinical trials underway to study hydroxychloroquine, Pence said with a cautionary note.

But it's important to remember that, as the President has said many times, the FDA has approved what is called off-label use, and therefore, in consultation with your doctor, if your doctor determines that it is appropriate to write a Hydroxychloroquine prescription we're working on today to make it available nationwide, he said.

India, the largest producer of hydroxychloroquine, agreed to lift the ban on exporting the drug to the US. USA After Trump spoke to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone last week.

It is currently widely available as a malaria medicine, but we are working across the country and internationally to increase that supply, but we are studying it in at least four different clinical trials, the vice president said.

The hospital is conducting a clinical trial for hydroxychloroquine. The hospital has had a pretty overwhelming response to the initial trial, which begins this week with 3,000 people taking hydroxychloroquine or a placebo, Pence said.

, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, said several different clinical trials were being conducted.

Some of which are randomized controlled trials, which is the optimal way to ultimately determine if something is safe and effective and works. But there are many different ways that this is being seen, he added.

It is being tested against placebo, it is part of a multi-arm trial comparing it to others. There is a recently started trial actually in prophylaxis among health workers, so there are several of these, Fauci said.

In addition to that, there is what has just been mentioned now that any doctor, in consultation with his patient and vice versa, can make the decision to use the drug in an unauthorized way. So we have two things that are happening simultaneously. We are having actual formal clinical trials and off-label use, he said. >