Roche drugs reduce ventilator need for COVID-19 patients: study

Roche’s Actermra/Roactemra drugs reduced the likelihood patients with COVID-19 related pneumonia will need mechanical ventilation, the company said on Friday.

Hospital patients taking the drug were 44% less likely to need ventilators or die, the company said, citing the results of its Empacta phase III study.

Roche said it would share its results with health authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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