Coronavirus | U.K. trial to test efficacy of five drugs

“The trial hopes to recruit 12,000 patients in all.”

May 20, 2020 03:19 pm | Updated May 21, 2020 01:33 am IST - CHENNAI

File photo for representational purpose only.

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With a range of approved drugs now being tested on COVID-19 patients, there is no clarity on which one will turn out to be more effective in treatment compared with the standard of hospital care that all patients receive. A recovery trial aims to study the effectiveness of four different drugs and anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab for those with worsening clinical symptoms.

The recovery trial, coordinated by the Nuffield Department of Population Health at University of Oxford, will randomise patients to receive either standard of care or one of the four approved drugs.

The drugs being tested are HIV drugs Lopinavir (400 mg)-Ritonavir (100 mg), anti-inflammatory corticosteroid (dexamethasone), anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic azithromycin (500 mg).

Patients enrolled in the trial and have progressive COVID-19 with clinical evidence of hypoxia and inflammatory state may undergo a second randomisation to receive either tocilizumab (which blocks the inflammatory protein called IL-6) or no additional treatment.

“The trial hopes to recruit 12,000 patients in all and will receive one of the four drugs or the standard of care for 10 days or till the date of hospital discharge and a second randomisation to receive tocilizumab or no treatment. The trial will be conducted across 170 hospitals in the U.K., including Bradford Institute for Health Research,” said Dr. Dinesh Saralaya, Consultant Respiratory Physician & Director for Clinical Research at the Bradford Institute for Health Research and the Principal investigator of the trial at Bradford.

“We have already recruited over 100 patients. The primary objective of the recovery trial is to provide reliable estimates of the effect of study treatments on all-cause mortality within 28 days after randomisation,” said Dr. Saralaya.

The secondary outcomes to be evaluated were reduction in hospital stay, number of patients who needed ventilation and the number of days it was required, and the number of patients who needed renal replacement therapy.

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