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This absurd drug treats coronavirus COVID-19 patients and it's working

The FDA has approved a study of an erectile dysfunction drug to treat severe coronavirus COVID-19 cases

Jak Connor | Apr 2, 2020 at 2:32 am CDT (3 mins, 11 secs time to read)

Every day there is more news about new drugs that are being used to battle the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, and now one of the most unlikely drugs you could think of is being used in the fight.

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This drug is called Aviptadil (VIP) and is commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction in Europe. The idea behind using this drug on coronavirus patients is that it will stop the patient from developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). ARDS is common in severe cases of COVID-19 and causes patients to have a respiratory failure that can result in severe lung inflammation. Patients who have developed ARDS are intubated and ventilated, and another machine is used to help oxygenate the blood.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved trials on VIP, saying a "study may proceed". Two companies are going to move forward with trialing the drug on patients, NeuroRx and Relief Therapeutics. NeuroRx CEO Prof. Jonathan Javitt said, "In a previous trial of VIP for ARDS caused by sepsis, seven out of eight patients on mechanical ventilation showed substantial improvement, and six ultimately left the hospital alive. Patients on ventilators for COVID-19 have only a 50 percent chance of survival."

"If the early results can be replicated in ARDS caused by COVID-19, this treatment could have a major impact both on COVID-19 survival, and on the availability of ventilators for those in desperate need."

Javitt believes that the trials moving forward should show promising results, and if they do and the drug can be rolled out to the public, Relief will have enough to supply 100,000 Americans.

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Jak's love for technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

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