The chief doctor explained, can Russia use the drug, which the who called a breakthrough in the treatment of critically ill patients COVID-19

the world health organization declared that an inexpensive anti-inflammatory glucocorticosteroid dexamethasone has a positive effect in the treatment of severe cases of coronavirus infection. Scientists at Oxford research proved that the drug reduces mortality of patients on mechanical ventilation by 35%. Can the Russian doctors to use this medication without special permission from the Ministry of health, the correspondent of “Rosbalt” asked the chief doctor of the St. Petersburg Elizabeth hospital Sergey Petrov.

“Dexamethasone medicine has long been known, for decades. And it is used in a variety of diseases. It is allowed to use as an anti-inflammatory hormonal agent — for example, edema of the lungs. However, the fact that the Russian doctors it was used in the treatment of coronavirus infection, I have not heard,” said the doctor.

According to him, no special permission for use of the drug domestic physicians should not wait, and it is possible to begin to use the drug even before the official Declaration of the Ministry of health. Moreover, according to Sergey Petrov, the drug budget.

Recall, according to researchers from Oxford University, the use of dexamethasone reduces mortality in patients on mechanical ventilation by 35% and in patients on oxygen treatment — by 20%. This effect is not visible in patients with lighter for infection.

the Study were 2 thousand patients treated with dexamethasone for 10 days. Their condition was much better than 4 thousand patients, that this remedy is not received.

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