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A paper, published in PNAS, reports on tocilizumab, an antibody, and whether it could be a treatment for COVID-19.

Dr Penny Ward, Visiting Professor in pharmaceutical medicine at Kings College London and the Chair of the Education and Standards Committee of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, said:

“This is a very small case series investigating the outcomes following tocilizumab treatment in 24 severe cases of COVID-19 in China.  Findings suggest that opposing IL-6 levels in these cases may be clinically beneficial.  This needs to be confirmed in randomized controlled trials, which are underway.”

‘Effective treatment of severe COVID-19 patients with tocilizumab’ by Xiaoling Xu et al. was published in PNAS on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2005615117

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