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Hospital seeks emergency approval of COVID drug for moderate to seriously ill

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Safed’s Ziv Medical Center has sent a letter to Health Ministry director Nachman Ash requesting he grant emergency authorization for the anti-COVID drug Amor 18 developed by the Israeli company Amorphical in order to treat patients in moderate to serious condition due to the coronavirus, Channel 2 reported Friday.

Israeli biotech company Amorphical recently published what it says are promising results from the second stage of its Amor 18 clinical study.

In the first stage conducted at Ziv, Be’er Yaakov’s Assaf Harofeh and Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital all patients who received the drug, which is either inhaled or taken under the toungue, went on to recover from COVID-19 and were released from the hospital

In the second phase of the trial, Ziv Medical Center recruited 37 patients in moderate-to-severe conditions to participate. Eighteen of them were given Amor 18 and 19 received a placebo.

All the patients who received Amor 18 recovered and were discharged several days later. Of the 19 others, six of them saw their condition deteriorate........

© The Times of Israel

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