NHS could have ‘answers on best drugs treatments for Covid by JUNE’ – The Sun

THE NHS could have "answers on the best treatment for the coronavirus by June" as the first clinical results of therapeutic drugs become available.

More than 9,000 patients up and down the country have enrolled on the recovery trials in order to help find a suitable treatment for the virus that has so far killed 30,947 people in the UK.

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A letter sent to directors of public health, GP practices and independent providers claimed if the recruitment for the clinical trials remains high then it will "allow us to move successful drugs into routine care".

In the letter, obtained by the Health Service Journal, four chief medical officers and NHS England’s national medical director Stephen Powis, claim that answers on treatments could be available in five to seven weeks.

The letter reads: "As new admissions fall due to the success of social/physical distancing measures it will become even more important that a high proportion of patients with covid-19 are enrolled on trials if we are to improve future treatment.

"If we can keep recruitment for Recovery high, above 1,000 patients per week, we could have answers on some treatments in five to seven weeks. This will allow us to move successful drugs into routine care."

Enrolment to Recovery which tests several drugs in hospitalised pre critical patients is at 13 per cent at present.

The letter also stated that the NHS is aware of the "operational pressure from Covid-19", and said it understood that it "makes research hard".

"Local situations will lead to variability in ability to recruit, but increasing this proportion is important."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock had previously announced other clinical trials that would test therapeutics on 20 to 60 patients.

The letter added that recruitment for the early phases of the study would be focused on more specialised centres across the UK, that already have experience of such trials.

Mr Hancock said he is throwing everything the country has to offer to create a vaccine for the virus.

He has so far offered up £20 million for trials at Oxford and has also given a further £22.5 million for trials at Imperial College London.


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