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Pfizer’s new COVID pill cuts hospitalisation or death by 89%, trial results indicate


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Pfizer’s new experimental COVID-19 antiviral pill cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by 89%, the company has announced.

The results appear to surpass those seen with Merck & Co Inc’s pill Molnupiravir, which was shown last month to halve the likelihood of dying or needing hospital treatment for COVID-19.

On Thursday, the UK became the first country to okay Molnupiravir for use.

Full trial data is not yet available from either company.

Pfizer plans to submit the interim trial results to the US Food and Drug Administration as part of an emergency use application.

It will ask international regulators to authorise the pill as soon as possible and a decision could be made by the FDA within weeks or months.

The results came from a study of 775 adults. Patients taking the company’s drug, along with another antiviral, had an 89% reduction in their combined rate of hospital admission or death after a month, compared to patients taking a placebo.

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Fewer than 1% of patients taking the drug needed to be admitted to hospital and no one died.

“We were hoping that we had something extraordinary, but it’s rare that you see great drugs come through with almost 90% efficacy and 100% protection for death,” said Dr Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer’s chief scientific officer.

 Sky News

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