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COVID-19 – New weapons to fight Covid-19. The European regulator announced this Thursday, November 11 that it had approved for the first time the marketing in the European Union of two monoclonal antibody treatments against the coronavirus.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in a statement that it had approved the use of a treatment from the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, Ronapreve, and a treatment from the South Korean company Celltrion, regdanvimab.
“Ronapreve and Regkirona are the first monoclonal antibody drugs to receive a positive opinion (…) against Covid-19,” said Amsterdam-based EMA.
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said approval of the two drugs was an “important step” against the disease, with the EU relying so far on four vaccines.
Target of 5 new treatments by the end of the year
“With increases in Covid-19 contamination in almost all Member States, it is reassuring to see many promising treatments in development as part of our therapeutic strategy against Covid-19”, she added in a communicated.
“Today we are taking an important step towards our goal of authorizing up to five new treatments in the EU by the end of the year,” she added.
📍🇪🇺Therapeutics Strategy is delivering, and we are working to authorise up to 5️⃣new treatments by the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/ZGhmDOeAxV– Stella Kyriakides (@SKyriakidesEU) November 11, 2021
In France, the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) had already issued in August an “authorization for early access” to Ronapreve treatment for people who are immunocompromised or for whom the vaccination does not work. This procedure allows certain patients to benefit from a medicinal product before it receives a marketing authorization for the indication concerned.
Antibodies are one of the building blocks of our immune system. Faced with the presence of a dangerous element, such as a virus, our body naturally produces it to identify the invader.
The idea of synthetic antibodies is to select natural antibodies and reproduce them artificially to then administer them as a treatment, generally by infusion.
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