Colchicine Added to UK RECOVERY Trial Evaluating COVID-19 Treatments
The UK-based RECOVERY trial, which is evaluating multiple treatments for COVID-19, will add the inexpensive anti-inflammatory drug colchicine to the list of therapies being tested in hospitalized patients.
Colchicine is often prescribed for gout and other inflammatory ailments, and it could have potential for treating severely ill COVID-19 patients who suffer from inflammation of the lungs and who require mechanical ventilation.
The researchers will assess the drug’s impact on hospital stay, whether supplemental oxygen is required and on mortality at 28 days. They said it is likely to be several months before colchicine’s efficacy is known.