COVID-19 will test medical supply stocks



Potential therapies

Regarding potential therapies for COVID-19, Dr. Fauci acknowledged the social media buzz and flurry of medical letters and case reports about the use of hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) to treat active infection. He said that he and other researchers are “in active discussion” about how best to study the efficacy and safety of hydroxychloroquine, but he also acknowledged that many treating clinicians will use hydroxychloroquine empirically in the absence of other treatments with proven efficacy.

Clinical trials underway in China for antiviral medication are facing some enrollment challenges currently “because people want to get the drug,” said Dr. Fauci. “They don’t want to be in the trial; they just want to get the drug.” Though each of two trials has targeted approximately 500 participants as the number needed for sufficient statistical power, Dr. Fauci urged Chinese data safety monitoring boards to “take a close look” at the data already accrued for the several hundred patients who have already enrolled for the studies “to see if there’s any hint of efficacy.”

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