Experts eye steroid for COVID-19 treatment - Sat, June 20 2020

Experts eye steroid for COVID-19 treatment - Sat, June 20 2020

The Jakarta Post-News·2020-06-20 02:00

Indonesian medical experts are considering adding dexamethasone to update the national COVID-19 treatment protocol following recent global trials on potential candidate treatments for the disease.Dexamethasone, an inexpensive and widely available steroid, was recently hailed as a “major breakthrough” in treating severe cases of COVID-19. The anti-inflammatory drug is commonly used to treat arthritis, allergic reactions, immune system disorders and respiratory disorders."We [on the protocol panel] have been discussing dexamethasone the past three days because the results in England were quite convincing," said pulmonologist Agus Dwi Susanto.As the chair of the Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI), Agus was involved in drafting the country's COVID-19 treatment protocol along with the Indonesian Cardiovascular Specialists Association (PERKI), t...

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