New York Daily News
NEW YORK — Pfizer on Tuesday revealed its experimental COVID-19 pill can cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% in high-risk patients, while separate studies suggest the drug also retains its efficacy against the fast-spreading omicron variant.
The New York-based pharmaceutical company noted the anti-viral treatment proved most effective when given to high-risk adults within several days of their first symptoms. Of the 697 study participants who received the drug within the first three days, no deaths were reported and only five people were hospitalized, Pfizer said in a press release.
The study meanwhile showed that 44 were hospitalized, including 9 who died, out of the 682 who received placebo.
None of the adults who participated in the study were vaccinated, though experts believe the drug, dubbed, Paxlovid, will also be effective in those suffering break-through infections.
The results were fairly similar for those who received treatment with first five days of symptoms. That figure stands at about 88%.
Pfizer’s final analysis of the drug reinforces data from a previous study released last month, which similarly showed the pills appear to cut hospitalizations and deaths by nearly 90%.
What’s more, separate laboratory testing also seems to indicate the pills will also significantly cut risks for those infected with the new omicron variant, a mutated strain of coronavirus initially discovered in South Africa.
The updated data was released as COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations — primarily fueled by omicron — continue to climb.
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