There is currently no known treatment for Covid-19. So far, over 30,000 people are taking part in a range of NIHR supported COVID-19 research studies across the UK.
This study aims to compare several different treatments given in addition to the usual care that may be useful for patients with COVID-19. Although these treatments show promise, nobody knows if any of them will turn out to be more effective in helping patients recover than the usual standard of care.
Dr Nick Maskell talks about the Recovery study at North Bristol NHS Trust.
Hello I'm Nick Maskell one of the Chest Consultants at North Bristol NHS Trust and the local Principal Investigator for the Recovery study. This is a large randomised control trial which is currently recruiting to over 140 hospitals across the UK. The Recovery study is looking at five therapeutic drugs to see if any of these improve the outcome in patients hospitalized with Covid-19. These drugs are Kaletra, a HIV medication, Tocilizumab which is a monoclonal antibody against il-6 hydroxychloroquine as its remaining or low-dose dexamethasone. Currently we've recruited over 80 patients in the trust to the study and nationally over 10,000. I would like to thank all the patients that have participated in this study and the fantastic research team that have helped recruit these patients.
Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, and one of the Chief Investigators for the trial, said: ‘Dexamethasone is the first drug to be shown to improve survival in COVID-19. This is an extremely welcome result. The survival benefit is clear and large in those patients who are sick enough to require oxygen treatment, so dexamethasone should now become standard of care in these patients. Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide.’
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Thank you to all of our research teams who are making such a different to people’s lives and also Southmead Hospital charity which is raising funds for covid-19 research