WHO Suspends Remdesivir From List Of Medicines

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WHO Removes Remdesivir From List Of Medicines Used As Benchmark

Suspension is signal that WHO does not recommend countries procure the drug for COVID: Official

Geneva:

The World Health Organization said on Friday it has suspended Gilead's remdesivir from its so-called prequalification list, an official list of medicines used as a benchmark for procurement by developing countries, after issuing guidance against its use in hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

"Yes we have suspended it from the PQ(prequalification list)," Tarik Jasarevic said in an emailed response to Reuters.

"The suspension is a signal to countries that WHO, in compliance with the treatment guidelines, does not recommend countries procure the drug for COVID."

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He added that the WHO was not aware that any international procurers were providing the drug to low-and middle-income countries.

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