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ELI LILLY COMBO THERAPY FOR COVID CUTS SERIOUS ILLNESS, DEATH: STUDY

Eli Lilly and Co. said that its combination antibody therapy to fight COVID-19 cut the risk of hospitalization and death by 87% in a study of more than 750 high-risk COVID-19 patients, Carl O’Donnell and Michael Erman reported for Reuters.

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It is the second large, late-stage study to show that combination therapy of two antibodies, bamlanivimab and etesevimab, is effective at treating mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. The previous study, which published data in January, used a higher dose of the drugs and reduced the risk of hospitalization by 70%.


“I expect this data to continue to drive more utilization” of the antibodies,” said Daniel Skovronsky, chief scientific officer at Eli Lilly.

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“We have few other diseases where we have drugs that can offer this magnitude of benefit.”


US regulators authorized the combination therapy in February for use in COVID-19 patients 12 and over with a high risk of developing serious complications. European regulators greenlighted its use in March.


The US agreed in February to purchase a minimum of 100,000 doses of the combination treatment. Regulators authorized bamlanivimab alone for use against COVID-19 last year and the U.S. government agreed to purchase nearly 1.5 million doses.



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