An Update on COVID-19 Treatments Being Researched in Colorado5280 Jun 26, 2020
This randomized clinical trial began on March 18 in collaboration with UCHealth and various hospitals (over 2,000 patients are enrolled nationally). While the trial began with a broad range of COVID-19 patients, it has since narrowed to only enrolling people on a ventilator. “What’s currently being enrolled is a little further along the spectrum of severity than what the ruxolitinib study is enrolling,” says Thomas Campbell, professor of medicine-infectious diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Hydroxychloroquine Update: On Monday, June 15, the FDA revoked the authorization for physicians to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 outside of research studies. UCHealth is currently conducting four such trials: two inpatient and two outpatient ones, though due to press coverage, including President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claims on the drug, patients are increasingly hesitant to participate. “We worry that people are forming opinions outside of the science. We want to encourage people to enroll in trials so that we actually can get the definitive answer,” says Jean Kutner, professor of medicine at [CU School of Medicine and] UCHospital.Read more