?The WHO on Friday suspended the medicine Remdesivir, which is used in many countries including India to treat COVID-19 patients.

November 21, 2020, 5:43 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday suspended the medicine Remdesivir, which is used in many countries including India to treat COVID-19 patients. WHO removed Remdesivir from its prequalification list, which is an official list of medicines used as a benchmark for procurement by developing countries. 

WHO’s suspension comes after the health body had issued a warning against the use of the drug in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Tarik Jasarevic from WHO told Reuters: "Yes, we have suspended it from the PQ (prequalification list). The suspension is a signal to countries that WHO, in compliance with the treatment guidelines, does not recommend countries procure the drug for COVID.”

WHO had earlier warned that remdesivir should not be used for patients hospitalized with the infection, regardless of how ill they are, as there is no evidence the drug improves survival or reduces the need for ventilation.

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