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Baricitinib and Sotrovimab drugs recommended by WHO

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  • January 17, 2022
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Baricitinib and Sotrovimab drugs recommended by WHO

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Context The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended two drugs, baricitinib and sotrovimab, for treatment of Covid-19.

About Baricitinib

  • Baricitinib is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It is an oral drug
  • It has now been “strongly recommended” for patients with severe or critical Covid-19 in combination with corticosteroids.
  • It is part of a class of drugs called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors that suppress the overstimulation of the immune system.

About Sotrovimab

  • It is an investigational monoclonal antibody for use in treating conditions caused by coronavirus.
  • The WHO has conditionally recommended its use for treating mild or moderate Covid-19 in patients who are at high risk of hospitalisation.

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