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Will Remdesivir Be Dropped From COVID-19 Treatment? Know What Doctor Says

New Delhi: After convalescent plasma, Remdesivir is also being considered to be dropped from COVID-19 treatment soon.

Chairperson of Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr DS Rana said that there is no evidence of its effectiveness in treating COVID-19 patients. He told ANI, “In plasma therapy, we give a pre-forwarded antibody to someone who has been infected before so that the antibody can fight with the virus. Antibodies usually form when the coronavirus attacks, ZeeNews reported.

“We have seen in the last one year that giving plasma does not make any difference in the condition of the patient and other people. Also, it is not easily available. Plasma therapy was started on a scientific basis and has been discontinued on the basis of evidence,” Dr Rana added.

“If we talk about other medicines which we use in COVID treatment, there is no such evidence regarding Remdesivir that works in Covid-19 treatment. Medicines that do not have any activity to work, will have to be discontinued.”

“All the experimental medicines, be plasma therapy (which is now discontinued) or Remdesivir, all of them may be dropped soon as there is no such evidence of its functioning. Right now only three medicines are working”, Dr Rana was quoted as saying.

“Right now, we all are examining and monitoring. The medical fraternity is trying to gather more information, by the time you gain full knowledge about this pandemic, I think it will be over,” he added.