On Tuesday, came a pleasant research study, that showed the cheap and commonly available corticosteroid, Dexamethasone, can be used to save the link view of patients suffering from the Coronavirus.
Dexamethasone is commonly used to treat arthritis, allergic reactions, and immune system ailments. British researchers are calling it the potential ‘magic bullet’ in the prevailing war against Coronavirus. Additionally, with the super affordable price factor, it can also help in treating people in poor countries that are severely affected by the Coronavirus.
British researchers, after conducting the ‘Recovery Trial, led by a team from Oxford University, say that this common steroid could be a massive breakthrough in the fight against Coronavirus, as it cuts down deaths by a third, for people on ventilators, and by a fifth, for people on oxygen.
The drug can be either given as an injection or a tablet. The research trial compared 2,000 patients who were given the drug, and around 4,000 who weren’t. It cut the risk of death from 40 percent to 28 percent for infected patients on ventilators, and from 25 percent to 20 percent for patients who needed oxygen. It’s found to be the first drug that could be a treatment for the seemingly incurable disease.
BBC reported that Dexamethasone, which was one of the drugs that were being tested globally as a potential treatment for the virus, can save the lives of one in eight patients on ventilators, and one in 25 patients on breathing support.
BBC also reported Prof Peter Horby saying, “This is the only drug so far that has been shown to reduce mortality – and it reduces it significantly. It’s a major breakthrough.” Lead researcher Prof Martin Landray was quoted saying, “There is a clear, clear benefit. The treatment is up to 10 days of dexamethasone and it costs about 5 pounds per patient. So essentially it costs 35 pounds to save a life. This is a drug that is globally available.”
The research team also specified that it doesn’t work on people showing milder symptoms of the virus, or those who didn’t need help with their breathing. Hence, people shouldn’t go out to buy it to take it home.
Inputs from Yukta Baid