Oral medicine effective in treating corona: Study

25 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Oral medicine effective in treating corona: Study

A major clinical trial shows that an inflammatory drug called colchicine is effective in treating Covid-19 and reduces the risk of complications from the disease, doctors in Canada said, reports AFP.

The results of the study are a “major scientific discovery” and make colchicine—a medicine used to treat gout—“the world’s first oral drug that could be used to treat non-hospitalized patients with Covid-19,” the Montreal Heart Institute said in a statement late Friday. The study results show that colchicine reduced by 21 percent the risk of death or hospitalizations in patients with Covid-19 compared to placebo, the institute said.

The study was carried out in Canada, the US, Europe and South America among a population of 4,488 patients.