CLEVELAND — University Hospitals is opening as one of the first sites in the country for a clinical trial for a potentially game-changing COVID-19 drug.
Upamostat is different from other COVID-19 drugs because it's in pill form, which means patients don't need to get it in a hospital setting through an IV.
University Hospitals said the drug exponentially decreased the viral load of COVID-19 in patients in early trials and kept the virus from replicating.
The drug is intended to be prescribed to patients as soon as they start showing COVID-19 symptoms.
"These oral drugs like the flu drug Tamiflu if you know the drug, work very early in the disease, so if people get sick instead of waiting to see what's going to happen to them," said Vice President of Research Dr. Grace McComsey. "The idea is to give them the oral drug to prevent them from progressing and getting to the hospital."
The hospital said patients who enroll in the trial will only need to come into the hospital on the first day and they will be sent home with the medicine and machines to monitor them. Everything will be done virtually.
Study participants must be 18 or older, not require hospitalization, and have started showing symptoms within three days before they start treatment.
If you're interested in enrolling, call 1-833-78-TRIAL or click here.
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