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There’s Now an FDA-Approved Treatment for COVID-19

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A vial of remdesivir from one of the early clinical trials
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The FDA extended its first ever approval (not just an emergency authorization) for a drug to treat COVID-19. The drug is one you’ve probably heard of: the antiviral remdesivir, which has been in use in hospitals for the past few months.

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What is remdesivir?

Remdesivir, marketed under the brand name Veklury, is an antiviral. This means it interferes with the process by which the virus makes more of itself inside human cells. It was previously tested against ebola and hepatitis C, but never made it to market. Veklury is made by the pharma company Gilead, which charges $3,120 per course of treatment for insured patients in the U.S.

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Remdesivir is one of the treatments that President Trump was reportedly given when he contracted COVID-19, along with the corticosteroid dexamethasone, and an antibody cocktail made by Regeneron.

How well does it work?

That’s a tricky question. In its press release, Gilead points to a study showing remdesivir reduced time to recovery from 15 days to 10 days, which sounds great.

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But other studies have shown less benefit, and some experts are skeptical of whether it does anything useful at all. A recent trial conducted by the World Health Organization found that it didn’t save lives or shorten hospital stays. (The same trial also found no significant benefit to hydroxychloroquine.)

The FDA cites three trials, including the one with five days of improvement, in its announcement. Trials to determine how well remdesivir works are still ongoing, even after its approval.

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What does the approval mean?

A full approval requires “substantial evidence of effectiveness and a demonstration of safety for the drug’s intended use(s),” according to the FDA, including an evaluation of how the benefits compare to the risks for the population for which it’s approved.

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The approval allows the drug to be used in hospitalized patients, and should only be administered in a hospital. It’s approved for adults and for children who are at least 12 years old and at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds).

Remdesivir was previously available under an emergency use authorization, or EUA, which had less stringent requirements. (Hydroxychloroquine was available under an EUA earlier this year, but the EUA was revoked after further trial results showed that it did not seem to be effective.) At first, in May, the EUA for remdesivir was only for critically ill patients. Then, in August, the EUA was expanded to include all hospitalized patients. The EUA was revised again alongside the approval; now, the EUA allows doctors to prescribe it for children who don’t fall into the approved population.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

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You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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