Antivirals for COVID-19: Merck Secures TGA Provisional Determination for Australian Market

Antivirals for COVID-19: Merck Secures TGA Provisional Determination for Australian Market

TrialSite has written extensively about the need for antiviral-type, early-care treatments targeting COVID-19. Early in the pandemic, this platform tracked numerous studies involving repurposed drugs such as ivermectin, favipiravir, hydroxychloroquine, and more. By May of last year, our physician advisors informed us of the grave importance of treating this pathogen early on. If not, the disease can progress to deadly stages. Many nations found this out, with over 4 million deaths worldwide. Over 90% of COVID-19 cases are either asymptomatic or mild-to-moderate, and early treatment could have stopped many more cases from progressing and hence reduced the death count. The U.S. and other prosperous economies have been slow to take on studies investigating ivermectin. Still, slowly and quietly, behind the scenes, Western pharmaceutical companies haven’t ignored the massive potential that the early COVID-19 treatment space represents. In places like Russia, generic producers embraced Favipiravir, which is approved in that country and many others for early-treatment use. TrialSite estimates this market could represent several billion dollars per annum if the market went completely...

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