Romanian gov’t says flu drug Favipiravir will be prescribed to treat Covid-19

Romania’s health ministry said Friday that it had modified the protocol for treating the coronavirus and medics will now be able to subscribe anti-virus pills.

The ministry said the antiviral drug Favipiravir will be available in pharmacies with a prescription.

„The Ministry of Health has amended the protocol for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The changes aim to increase the patient’s accessibility to early outpatient treatment „, the health ministry said Friday.

The statement said that oral antiviral medication may be prescribed in outpatient evaluation centers by doctors of any specialty for patients with SARS-Cov-2.

Fabipravir, as an antiviral drug, has been authorized for treating Covid-19 in Japan, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, India, and Thailand, under emergency provisions.

A large clinical trial began in May 2021

Favipiravir delivered promising results in early trials, leading Canada-based Appili Therapeutics to begin a late-stage trial on more than 1,200 volunteers. But on Nov. 12, the company announced that the pill did not speed up recovery from the disease, the New York Times reported.

The government decision about the change in protocol was published in the Official Gazette on Thursday.

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