ECRMC to participate in drug trial

The anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab, marketed under the brand name Actemra, has shown promise treating patients experiencing severe pneumonia in patients with COVID-19. El Centro Regional Medical Center has been approved to participate in a clinical trial of the therapy. COURTESY PHOTO

EL CENTRO – El Centro Regional Medical Center announced Thursday it is participating in a clinical trial to test the therapeutic value of an anti-inflammatory drug that has shown promise in the treatment of COVID-19 pneumonia.

This trial will study the drug tocilizumab, sold under the brand name Actemra, and evaluate its safety and efficacy in the treatment of patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia. Tocilizumab is an approved treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.

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