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FDA has approved remdesivir to treat coronavirus. What does this mean?

  Oct 31, 2020

FDA has approved remdesivir to treat coronavirus. What does this mean?

Q. Why is this in news ?

A.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved remdesivir as the first drug to treat COVID-19. The drug is designed to obstruct the replication of the virus in the body and has become the first drug to get official approval from the FDA for the treatment of the disease.

Since the pandemic began, there has been debate about the efficacy of this drug, which was originally developed for treating Ebola, which is not caused by a coronavirus. So what does its approval mean and how does the FDA approve drug treatments?

Q. So, what has the FDA said?

Q. What does FDA’s approval mean?

Q. How does the FDA approve drugs?

Q. What are the different types of treatments for COVID-19 being studied by the FDA?

Q. How does remdesivir act against coronavirus?

Q. What are the possible side-effects of the drug?