April 14, 2024

Five local hospitals to receive antiviral drug remdesivir

The drug remdesivir is used to treat patients suffering from COVID-19. Good news is that five San Antonio hospitals will be getting the drug according to Governor Greg Abbott.

“The State of Texas is working swiftly to ensure our hospitals and medical providers have the resources they need to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for sending these cases of remdesivir to the state of Texas. Not only will this drug treat patients throughout the state, but it will especially bolster our mitigation and treatment efforts in communities experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases.”

Remdesivir was the focus of clinical trials but researchers said that the drug could speed up recovery time for patients with COVID-19.

“Preliminary results from a clinical trial showed the average recovery time among patients who received remdesivir was 11 days versus 15 days with a placebo,” an email from Abbott’s office states.

The statement didn’t provide any information on which local hospitals recieved remdesivir.

Many other hospitals around Texas is receiving the drug as well. Distribution was determined by the number of patients that are in hospitals and intensive care units across Texas.