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Pfizer says Covid-19 pill cuts risk of severe illness by 89%

Pfizer has stated that its Covid-19 pill cuts the risk of developing severe illness by 89%.

Pfizer has now joined the race to create a more accessible way of treating Covid-19 with US pharmaceutical company Merck creating the first pill used to treat Covid-19.

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The Merck pill has already received support after being given the green light in the UK as well as being currently reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Pfizer will soon be asking the FDA and international regulators to authorise its pill as soon as possible and once applied, the FDA could make a decision within weeks or months.

Pfizer’s preliminary results were published today from its study which consisted of 776 adults.

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The results found that patients who took the Pfizer pill along with another antiviral had an 89% reduction in their combined rate of hospital admission or death after a month, compared to patients who took a placebo.

Less than 1% of patients taking the pill required hospital admission and no deaths were reported.

In the placebo group, 7% were admitted to hospital with seven deaths reported.

The study participants were unvaccinated with mild-to-moderate symptoms and were classified as high-risk individuals as a result of having underlying health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Side effects details were not broadly reported but the rates of problems were similar between the groups at about 20%.

Dr. Mikael Dolsten, Pfizer’s Chief Scientific Officer stated, “We were hoping that we had something extraordinary, but it’s rare that you see great drugs come through with almost 90% efficacy and 100% protection for death”.

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