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Saturday, 16 October 2021 8.06 AM IST

Covid home cure pill from Pfizer could be available this year

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LONDON: A single pill home cure for Covid could be available by the end of the year, according to reports.

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, whose coronavirus vaccine has been successfully rolled out around the world, has begun human trials of the first pill specifically designed to stop the virus at its buildings in the United States and the European manufacturers’ base in Belgium.

The company, which brought the first US-approved Covid-19 vaccine to market, is conducting the stage one clinical trial on an oral antiviral therapy that a patient could take when they first develop symptoms, which would make it the first oral antiviral treatment of its kind in the world for coronavirus.

Up to 60 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 60 are taking part in the trial, which is split into three phases and will run for 145 days, with another 28 days added for “screening and dosing”.

Phase 1 of the trial is designed to see how it “is tolerated as the dose is increased, alone or with ritonavir, if there are significant side effects, and how people feel after taking it”, say the documents. Phase 2 will do the same but with “multiple doses”, while in Phase 3, tablet and liquid forms of the drug will be tested, as will the impact of eating on top of it, according to documents seen by The Sunday Telegraph.

They state: “To date, the study drug has not been administered to humans. The safety of the study drug has been studied in animals. In these animal studies, no significant risks or safety events of concern were identified, and the study drug did not cause side-effects at any of the dose levels that will be used in clinical studies.”

It is understood that the anti-viral pill was developed from scratch during the current pandemic, Dafydd Owen, the director of medicinal chemistry at Pfizer, told a private symposium of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry last month.

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