EMA reviews repurposed experimental cancer drug for Covid-19, even without a submission
In a rare move for any regulator, the European Medicines Agency said Wednesday it’s begun reviewing data on the use of an experimental cancer drug for treating Covid-19, even though the Miami-based sponsor, Veru, has not submitted an application.
The EMA review by its emergency task force follows the release of study results earlier this month showing the drug, known as sabizabulin, reduced the risk of death by 55% in a study of 134 volunteers hospitalized with Covid-19 who received sabizabulin and 70 who received placebo. But experts have been cautious about overinterpreting the results, which were published in the NEJM, particularly as there have been very few effective treatments for those hospitalized with Covid.
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