UK NHS Approves Breakthrough £5 Drug That Can Save Lives of Critical Cases of Coronavirus
In a major breakthrough scientists have found that the low-cost steroid Dexamethasone can potentially save thousands of lives at risk if dying from the coronavirus. As part of the world’s largest trials testing existing treatments for their efficiency against the virus, Dexamethasone has emerged as a potential leader that can cut down their risk of death in patients suffering fromCOVID19. In fact, experiments and trails have also shown how the steroid can be used on patients for ventilators and on oxygen cutting down their risk of succumbing to their fatal condition.
1Old drug brings hope as new weapon against the coronavirus
An excited Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK has hailed the discovery as one of the biggest breakthroughs by British scientists that could emerge as a new weapon against the virus that doesn’t show any signs of reducing, Instead, a second wave is slowly making its presence felt in parts of the world. Moreover, China has reported a second wave of 100 cases till yesterday in Beijing leading the country to shut down airports too. Countries like India and Brazil are rapidly becoming Cocona centers of the world with cases spiraling out of control every day.
2British PM Johnson hails it as an amazing breakthrough
In a press conference, the Prime Minister said ‘I’m absolutely delighted that the biggest breakthrough yet has been made by a fantastic team of scientists right here in the UK… I think there is genuine cause to celebrate a remarkable British scientific achievement [and] the benefits it will bring not just in this country but around the world.’
3As cheap as 5 pounds per patient
The cheap steroid that can work out to only 5 pounds per patient is given by injection or tablet and is the first drug that is being proven by studies to increase the survival rate of patients hospitalized with COVID 19, even the serious ones. Scientists have hailed the new findings as a significant breakthrough because dexamethasone is now a proven drug unlike others that did not fare successfully.
The main author of the study Peter Horby from Oxford University speaking at a briefing held at Downing Street said that when treated with the drug, at least one life in every eight could be saved and that would cost only 5 pounds. The drug when used on patients could save almost 35 patients on ventilators and reduce by a fifth the most critically ill patients who may need oxygen at any time.