A treatment for COVID, given to former President Donald Trump when he caught the virus, will be given to vulnerable NHS patients in hospital.
Ronapreve last month became the first treatment specifically designed for Covid to gain regulatory approval in the UK.
It contains two active substances ‘casirivimab’ and ‘imdevimab’, both proteins known as ‘monoclonal antibodies’ that bind to the surface of the coronavirus.
The spike protein acts on the lining of the respiratory tract where it binds tightly to the virus, preventing it from reaching cells.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that RonaPrev has the potential to benefit thousands of patients, with its rollout initially targeting those who have not built up an antibody response to COVID.
From next week onwards, enough medicines have been procured for the treatment of eligible patients across the country.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We have secured a new treatment for our most vulnerable patients in hospitals across the UK and I am thrilled that starting next week it will save lives.
“The UK is leading the world in identifying and advancing lifesaving drugs specifically for COVID-19, and we will continue our important work to find the best treatments available to save lives and protect the NHS. “
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said in August that clinical data shows that Ronapreve can be used to prevent infection, treat symptoms of severe infection and reduce the chances of hospitalization. can be done for.
Widespread vaccine rollouts, trials preceded the emergence of virus variants.
The drug — which is already authorized for emergency use in more than 20 countries — can be given as an infusion or injection every four weeks by a doctor or nurse.
Mr Trump was administered Ronaprev during its pilot phase in October 2020, and saw it as a “cure” for COVID. There is no cure for covid.
He had said: “I feel great. I feel, like, perfect.
“I think it was God’s blessing that I caught [Covid]. It was a boon in disguise. I caught it, I heard about this drug. I said ‘let me take it’, that was my suggestion.”
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