The Czechia will receive 12,000 doses of an as yet unregistered drug from Regeneron, which is used to treat covid-19. Four thousand doses will arrive in March, the same amount in April and May. This was stated on Twitter by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) and confirmed the server’s message Novinky.cz. The State Institute for Drug Control (SÚKL) already recommended the use of this drug this week, and its use has yet to be approved by the Ministry of Health.
“We were able to order Regeneron. A total of 12 thousand doses. 4000 will come in March, as well as in April and May, “said Babiš.
The medicine is a combination of the monoclonal antibodies Casirivimab and Imdevimab, which are proteins that are supposed to prevent the virus from entering human cells. The drug is intended for patients who are at risk of severe covid-19 disease. According to experts, the substance should be administered as soon as possible after infection, but may not be effective for further mutations in the virus.
According to the Novinky.cz server, half of the ordered amount of medicine will arrive at the Motol University Hospital in Prague and the other at the Brno University Hospital. Hospitals will then distribute it. Germany was the first in the European Union to decide to use this drug experimentally. The then US President Donald Trump also underwent treatment with this drug in the autumn.
Last week, SÚKL recommended the first drug of this type from the Eli Lilly company, and a few days later its use was also approved by the ministry. According to Babiš for Novinky.cz, the Czechia should receive the first 500 doses of the drug from the Eli Lilly company on Friday.
The use of drugs not yet registered in the Czech Republic is permitted by the Act on Medicinal Products after requesting the opinion of SÚKL. According to the law, neither manufacturers nor healthcare professionals are responsible for any consequences of its use.
Currently, a single drug, remdesivir from Gilead Sciences, is officially approved for the treatment of a new type of coronavirus. The Czechia orders thousands of benefits every month.
Source: E15.cz by www.e15.cz.
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