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Roche arthritis drug reduces likelihood COVID-19 patients will need ventilator, company claims
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Roche's rheumatoid arthritis treatment may reduce the likelihood that patients with COVID-19-related pneumonia would need a ventilator, the Swiss pharmaceutical company said Friday.
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People who received tocilizumab, marketed as Actemra/RoActemra, were 44% less likely to progress to the point where they would need to rely on life-support equipment, according to the company's Phase 3 EMPACTA study.
The trial was conducted in the United States, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico and Peru.
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