Gilead Sciences’ experiment with coronavirus treatment is already being used in the US.
The Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield told lawmakers on a House appropriations panel Tuesday that remdesivir, the coronavirus treatment that Gilead is developing, was being used on compassionate grounds in Washington state.
Federal Food & Drug Administration regulations allow the use of unapproved drugs in critical situations when there are very limited alternatives for treating a disease.
Gilead’s treatment for Cornavirus was first designed to fight the Ebola virus.
Gilead is expecting results from trials as early as next month. It has said that it would increase supplies as early as possible in the near term.