Japan's antivirus pill shows 'rapid clearance' of COVID-19

Edited By: Rustam Roy
Tokyo Updated: Apr 25, 2022, 12:38 PM(IST)

The drug, which comprises two types of tablet, is the first COVID-19 therapy which can be taken at home. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The company reportedly aims to manufacture antiviral pills with Japanese regulators currently evaluating the drug.

According to reports, an antiviral pill produced by a Japanese company showed "rapid clearance of the infectious COVID-19 virus".

The pharmaceutical company named Shionogi & Co Ltd said phase two results showed improvement in respiratory and feverish symptoms with the phase-3 trial set for worldwide testing with US government support.

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The company reportedly aims to manufacture antiviral pills with Japanese regulators currently evaluating the drug.
The drugmakers reported on the fourth day after taking the third dose, the patient reported a fall in viral infection.

The study did not report any adverse impact with phase two study conducted among 428 patients in Japan and South Korea. 

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had earlier indicated the government would fast track approval in order to ensure a potential new tool to fight the virus.

Reports say the pill reduced virus level by 80 per cent after four days of treatment compared to a placebo group. The virus level among patients who took smaller doses of the drug fell by 63 per cent, reports say.

The WHO had earlier recommended Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill Paxlovid for patients suffering from mild virus who were at risk of hospitalisation.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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