FDA Approves First COVID Remedy for Use in Children

By Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters

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TUESDAY, April 26, 2022 (HealthDay Information) – The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration on Tuesday permitted the antiviral remdesivir as the primary COVID-19 remedy for younger youngsters.

The drug had to date solely been obtainable to this age group below a particular FDA emergency use authorization order.

Now, medical doctors treating children below 12 who’re hospitalized or are at house with mild-to-moderate COVID however a excessive danger for extreme COVID can readily prescribe Veklury (remdesivir) to their younger sufferers. Remdesivir had already been absolutely permitted to deal with individuals 12 and older.

“As COVID-19 may cause extreme sickness in youngsters, a few of whom don’t at the moment have a vaccination possibility, there continues to be a necessity for secure and efficient COVID-19 remedy choices for this inhabitants,” Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the FDA’s Heart for Drug Analysis and Analysis, stated in an company information launch.

“In the present day’s approval of the primary COVID-19 therapeutic for this inhabitants demonstrates the company’s dedication to that want.”

In a information launch from drug maker Gilead Sciences, one pediatric infectious ailments physician welcomed the information.

“This approval implies that remdesivir can probably present significant medical enchancment, by decreasing illness development and serving to youngsters get well from COVID-19 extra rapidly,” stated Dr. Amina Ahmed, from Atrium Well being-Levine Kids’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. “We’d like confirmed antiviral remedy choices, like remdesivir, that may assist deal with a few of the most weak in our society: youngsters.”

The FDA famous that Veklury isn’t an alternative choice to getting a vaccination, though there’s not but a vaccine permitted for youngsters aged 4 and youthful. Two COVID vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, have been absolutely permitted and three can be found for emergency use, relying on age. The vaccines are supposed to forestall critical medical outcomes, together with hospitalization and dying, the FDA stated. Individuals also needs to obtain a booster, if eligible, the company added.

The approval was based mostly on outcomes from a section 3 medical trial for adults, the FDA stated, noting that the course of the illness is analogous in each grownup and pediatric sufferers.


It’s also supported by a section 2/3 medical examine of 53 pediatric sufferers, the FDA stated. Sufferers in that examine had a confirmed COVID an infection starting from delicate to extreme and acquired the treatment for 10 days. Outcomes, together with security outcomes, had been just like these already seen in adults, the company stated.

Doable unintended effects of the drug, which might solely be delivered through injection, embody elevated ranges of liver enzymes, which can be an indication of liver damage; and allergic reactions, which can embody modifications in blood stress and coronary heart fee, low blood oxygen degree, fever, shortness of breath, wheezing, swelling, rash, nausea, sweating or shivering.

Extra info

The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has extra on COVID-19.

SOURCE: U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, information launch, April 25, 2022

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