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Bausch Health initiates trial program of Virazole to treat hospitalised patients with COVID-19

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Published:15th Apr 2020
Bausch Health Companies Inc.announced it has initiated a clinical trial program in Canada evaluating an investigational use of Virazole (Ribavirin for Inhalation Solution, USP) in combination with standard of care therapy to treat hospitalized adult patients with respiratory distress due to COVID-19. Because ribavirin is a synthetic nucleoside that works to stop viral replication, Virazole may be effective in reducing the severity of COVID-19 infection. Virazole is currently approved in several countries around the world, including the United States and Canada, for the treatment of hospitalized infants and young children with severe lower respiratory tract infections due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The initial clinical study has been approved by Health Canada and is expected to begin within the next few weeks. The Company is also in discussions with the FDA and health authorities in multiple countries regarding additional studies to evaluate Virazole as a treatment for COVID-19 infection. The Bausch Foundation is also continuing to work directly with health authorities in Italy to make Virazole for inhalation available free of charge in compassionate use in Italian hospitals. The initial study protocol is an open label, interventional trial that will evaluate the safety and efficacy of Virazole in hospitalized adult patients, aged 18 or older, who have tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result of their infection, have significant respiratory distress. Two active study arms will compare different dosing regimens of Virazole in combination with standard of care therapy.
Condition: Coronavirus/RSV
Type: drug

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