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FDA approves Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 drug combo


A sign for the Food And Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters on July 20, 2020 in White Oak, Maryland. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:45 PM PT – Friday, November 20, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted an Emergency Use Authorization for a coronavirus drug combination to treat moderate and seriously ill patients.

FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn (M.D.) said this action demonstrates the agency’s steadfast efforts to make potential coronavirus treatments available in a timely manner.

On Thursday, the FDA gave approval for the mix of ‘remdesevir’ and rheumatoid arthritis drug ‘baricitinib.’ This came after studies found the drug combination shortened the recovery time for COVID-19 to about a week.

According to a double-blind trial, the combination also increased the chances of survival by 35 percent when compared to patients that only took ‘remdesivir.’

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