AIIMS chief says Remdesivir no ‘magic bullet’, urges for judicious use of oxygen

at 10:25 pm

New Delhi (NVI): Amid high demand for Remdesivir in the country, a drug that is said to be effective in treating coronavirus patients, AIIMS Delhi Director Randeep Guleria today said that it must not be considered as a “magic bullet” against the virus, while urging people to use medical oxygen judiciously as its casual use may be “harmful”.

While speaking at on online discussion along with Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health and Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman, Medanta, Dr Guleria said that people need to work together and help in checking black marketing of Remdesivir and oxygen, the two things that are facing a shortage in the country amid the second wave of the pandemic that is being considered as more deadly.

“As a country, if we work together, use oxygen and Remdesivir judicioulsy, then there will be no shortage anywhere. In terms of the people who need oxygen and oxygen supply, we are well balanced. Don’r consider Remdesivir to be a magic bullet,” he said.

“Important to understand that most of us who are in home isolation or in the hospital because panic don’t actually need any specific treatment. Only small percentage require Remdesivir. Don’t consider this as a magic bullet,” Guleria added.

The AIIMS chief further said that more than 85% of people will recover without any specific treatment in the form of Remdesivir etc. “Most will have symptoms like common cold, sore throat etc,” he added.