The American producer of Regeneron wants to widely distribute the antibody treatment that President Turmp received to fight the coronavirus and is requesting accelerated approval from the US authorities. For the time being, however, there is no scientific evidence that the treatment is effective against Covid-19.
The drug company Regeneron said Wednesday evening that it had filed with the Food and Drug Administration for urgent approval of the experimental antibody cocktail that President Trump had praised just hours earlier with no evidence that it works effectively as a “ cure ” for the coronavirus. Trump himself argued that such approval would only be a formality.
The company initially wants to help 50,000 patients. Far less than the “hundreds of thousands” of doses Trump promised in a video released Wednesday.
In that five-minute video, Trump said it was a “blessing from God” that he was infected with the coronavirus and that the Regeneron cocktail had suddenly made him better. “I felt incredible,” he said. “I immediately felt good.”
However, there is not enough evidence that the treatment is what made him feel better, and his doctors have said he has taken other medications as well. Three in all. Trump, it now appears, was given a tough antibody cocktail. And then a strong antiviral and steroids.
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“Initial results look promising,” said Regeneron in a press release. “The cocktail reduced virus levels, especially in people who don’t produce antibodies themselves. But the company has not yet released detailed data to back up its claim. Clinical studies have not yet been completed.
Not available that quickly
The company said it expects to have doses available for 300,000 patients in the coming months. Under the agreement with the federal government, those doses would be made available free of charge.
But scientists in the US want to see first test results before they consider the drug as a medicine for corona.
Toxicologist Jan Tytgat (KU Leuven) also says that the drug has not been part of broad-scale studies so far. In addition, he says, it seems impossible to produce the drug on a large scale quickly, as President Trump pointed out.
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