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Covid-19: Gilead to test inhaled version of remdesivir

  • Published at 08:29 pm June 22nd, 2020
File Photo: An ampule of Remdesivir is pictured during a news conference at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany, April 8, 2020, as the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) continues Reuters

It plans to make over 2m courses of the potential Covid-19 drug by 2020

Gilead Sciences Inc will start trials of an easier-to-use inhaled version of remdesivir in August and planning to make more than two million courses of its potential Covid-19 drug by the end of the year, the company said on Monday.

Remdesivir, which is currently administered intravenously, is the first drug to show effectiveness against Covid-19 in human trials, and its emergency use has been permitted by several countries including the United States.

An inhaled formulation would be given through a nebulizer, which could potentially allow for easier use outside hospitals, Gilead said.

Gilead has set up licensing agreements with nine generic drugmakers to ramp up supply of remdesivir, Chief Executive Officer Daniel O'Day said in a statement.