VN to test HIV/AIDS medication on Covid patients

Friday 14/02/2020 15:41

VGP - The scientific project on testing the effectiveness and safety of using HIV/AIDS medication to treat those infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid) was approved by Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh under the recommendation of the Ministry of Health.

The project will be carried out by the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, HCM City’s Hospital of Tropical Diseases, HCM City Pasteur Institute, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, and the Pharmacovigilance Centre.

Lopinavir and ritonavir are antiretroviral drugs used as medication to treat HIV/AIDS.

The group of researchers will either have a four-week trial period or will test the drug in more than 10 Covid patients.

The scientists will evaluate the clinical and sub-clinical effectiveness, virological response and safety of lopinavir and ritonavir combination treatment for Covid-infected patients based on the Health Ministry’s background treatment regimen.

The evaluation would be completed within 12 months.

The Ministry of Science and Technology expects that based on the results of the research, the group may propose the use of lopinavir and ritonavir as a treatment for patients with Covid infections.

In China, the National Health Commission was quoted by Reuters as saying that the HIV drugs can be used on coronavirus patients, without specifying how they might help.

Doctors in Thailand who have been caring for infected patients claimed a combination of flu and HIV medications may be able to treat severe cases of the new virus.

The Ministry of Health on February 13 confirmed the 16th Covid-19 patient in Viet Nam.

By Thuy Dung

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