With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval for phase two trials, researchers are hoping that the Israeli drug Aviptadil, will be able to eliminate the so-called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), the condition responsible for the deaths of about 50% of all COVID-19 patients.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday has cleared NeuroRx, a US-Israeli pharmaceutical company, and Relief Therapeutics, a Swiss drug development company, for phase two trials for a drug that could take on a deadly condition associated with COVID-19.
The two companies announced that the FDA issued a “study may proceed” letter — which does not amount to a full-fledged drug approval — for the substance to be tried on COVID-19 patients.
The drug in question, Aviptadil, is a synthetic form of a neuropeptide hormone that works to enable communications between neurons in the human nervous system.
The researchers are hoping that Aviptadil will be able to take on the so-called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) — a condition responsible for about 50% of COVID-19 fatalities.
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ARDS is a respiratory system failure induced by a rapid and severe lung inflammation, with breath shortness — a symptom COVID-19 is widely associated with — among its key signs.
It effectively brings to a halt the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange in the patient’s lungs, necessitating the use of an artificial lung ventilation machine.
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