Remdesivir

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Remdesivir is an overpriced, sometimes harmful and mostly ineffective patented medication being promoted by liberals to treat coronavirus. It is administered intravenously and thus requires a very costly 5-day stay in a hospital, in addition to thousands of dollars per patient charged by a pharmaceutical company for the medication itself.[1] Although remdesivir was heavily touted by liberals, on Oct. 16 CNN admitted, "Big global study finds remdesivir doesn't help Covid-19 patients."[2]

As of November 19, 2020, "A World Health Organization panel is now recommending against the use of the antiviral remdesivir in hospitalized Covid-19 patients, saying there is no evidence that the drug — which U.S. regulators have approved for the treatment of the coronavirus — improves mortality."[3]

Remdesivir depends on a very specific enzyme and thus might not work if its conformation is slightly changed. The overall costs, including hospital expenses, for administering remdesivir to a patient can be as high as $20,000 for a full treatment. But hospitals receive special financial incentives to administer remdesivir despite its ineffectiveness.[4]

In contrast, the superior and much less expensive hydroxychloroquine changes milieu in the cell and makes the pH unfavorable, such that mutations are not likely to render HCQ ineffective.

Some suspect that overuse of remdesivir may result in viral resistance to the drug, which is a strong reason to prefer hydroxychloroquine over remdesivir.

References

  1. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gilead-coronavirus-treatment-remdesivir-private-insurance-cost/
  2. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/15/health/remdesivir-covid-who-trial-mortality/index.html
  3. https://www.statnews.com/2020/11/19/who-recommends-against-remdesivir-covid-19/
  4. "CMS in October announced interim add-on payments for COVID-19 treatments including remdesivir through the HHS-declared public health emergency. The declaration next expires in January, though stakeholders think it’s likely the emergency will be renewed." [1]