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Explained Ideas: Why dexamethasone, not remdesivir, deserves India's attention for Covid treatment

July 11, 2020 5:00 pm

Dexamethasone is proving to be far more effective in reducing the risk of death and can be made readily available to patients at affordable prices, writes Ganesan Karthikeyan.

There is an irrational preference for expensive Covid treatments over effective ones

July 10, 2020 9:22 am

In the absence of adequate information, the price of a commodity serves as an indicator of quality for the consumer. Information asymmetry is most acute in healthcare, with the added disadvantage that the providers of care have far greater access to, and understanding of the information.

Dexamethasone, under spotlight for ‘improving survival’, may see rising demand

June 18, 2020 7:26 am

The “first drug to be shown to improve survival”, dexamethasone reduces death by up to a third in COVID-19 patients on ventilator support, and by a fifth in patients receiving only oxygen, researchers leading the trial had announced.

Steroid Dexamethasone approved as Covid-19 treatment in UK

June 17, 2020 7:41 pm

On Tuesday, an Oxford University trial confirmed positive results of clinical trials for the dexamethasone drug, which showed that the mortality rate was reduced by about one third for patients on ventilator and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth.

A badminton legend, a football star, latest Covid-19 drug: what’s common?

June 18, 2020 8:15 am

The low-cost, anti-inflammatory steroid is well known in the world of sport. Dexamethasone has been used for years by sportspersons to hasten their rehabilitation from injuries and recover from infections.

Dexamethasone emerges as first Covid-19 life-saving drug: All you need to know

June 17, 2020 2:25 pm

Coronavirus Drug Dexamethasone: Dexamethasone is a generic steroid widely used in other diseases to reduce inflammation. The drug helps stop some of the damage that can happen when the body's immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight off coronavirus.

What is Dexamethasone?

June 17, 2020 6:59 am

Dexamethasone is "the first drug to be shown to improve survival in COVID-19". It is "inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide".

Dexamethasone: First drug proves able to improve survival from Covid-19

June 17, 2020 9:41 am

Dexamethasone was given either orally or through an IV. After 28 days, it had reduced deaths by 35% in patients who needed treatment with breathing machines and by 20% in those only needing supplemental oxygen. It did not appear to help less ill patients.