3 Updates On The Search For COVID-19 Treatments

by Kroger Health Staff

Last Updated: May 26, 2020

Across the globe, the search for an effective treatment for COVID-19 continues. As previously reported, more than 100 treatments are currently being studied to combat the virus, with only a handful that have progressed into the clinical trial stage. Updates are ongoing as the results of global trials are published.
  1. Remdesivir studies are progressing.
    Remdesivir was found to be effective during the Ebola crisis, and it is the current frontrunner in the search for a COVID-19 treatment. The drug works by inhibiting the process viruses must undergo in order to clone themselves and cause widespread infection, also known as replication. There are currently eight trials evaluating the effectiveness of Remdesivir in treating COVID-19, including two Phase 3 clinical trials with actual COVID-19 patients. On May 1, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the drug, allowing it to be distributed and utilized in real-life settings for patients hospitalized with severe disease and according to the clinical judgment of the treating physician. Additional results from ongoing trials are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
  2. Fraudulent treatments abound.
    While many drugs are being developed and tested, none are fully approved for widespread use based on known effectiveness. Nevertheless, there are a multitude of false and fictitious treatments being touted online and elsewhere. The FDA is actively monitoring the situation and has issued several warning letters to companies offering everything from unproven homeopathic cures to “miracle mineral solutions” that, in some cases, are chemically equivalent to bleach. These fraudulent products include dietary supplements and various products claiming to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. It is important not to take any products for this purpose without approval of your medical provider.
  3. Sticking with what we know.
    You may be curious why so many of the COVID-19 treatment candidates are not drugs that were specifically developed to treat this novel virus, but are instead drugs that already existed. This is a challenging truth in the search for the optimal treatment for COVID-19. GIven that the average time to develop, test, and launch a new medication is nearly a decade or more, we will likely continue to see re-positioning and re-testing of old drugs that are believed to have a potential tie to fighting viruses like COVID-19.

For the latest information on the search for treatments, check for updates on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. You can also follow the progress of the numerous clinical trials underway on ClinicalTrials.gov.

Disclaimer: The information in this story is accurate as of its publication. However, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is ever-evolving. We are working to keep our stories up-to-date as changes occur, but we also encourage everyone to check news and recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and their local authorities.