Govt. to back drug study to treat virus patients

Mar 30, 2020

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Govt. to back drug study to treat virus patients

Tokyo (Japan), Mar 30: The Japanese government plans to support research on the anti-flu drug Avigan as a possible treatment of symptoms caused by the new coronavirus.
Researchers around the world are scrambling to discover effective medicines against the virus.
The government will likely seek official approval for Avigan if it is found effective in clinical trials that are underway at institutions such as Fujita Health University Hospital in Aichi Prefecture.
The government intends to work with foreign authorities to expand clinical trials of Avigan and increase the production of the drug that was developed in Japan.
Chinese researchers say Avigan proved effective against the virus in clinical trials.
Trials of the anti-pancreatitis medicine Futhan as a drug to combat the coronavirus will also begin in Japan. Doctors will administer the drug if they obtain consent from patients.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo held a news conference on Saturday at which he expressed his commitment to dispel people's concerns about the virus.
He said Japan will use expertise from around the world to expedite the development of effective medicines and vaccines.
Source: NHK World