The ongoing Covid strain has made many families lose their loved ones. From the day doctors and people have come to know that the injection Remdesivir helps in lives, there is race and rush to acquire and the madness is so much so that the state government is forced to issue guidelines. However, the guidelines keep changing every now and then. But, this time the doctors’ association from Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad Medical Association which is the branch of Indian Medical association has come up with several very important highlights for the people to know. One of them is that, there are no studies to state that Remdesivir clears viral load.
In an appeal to people the association states that, at present our country is going through the second wave of Corona pandemic which has proved to be more infectious and virulent. The cases are increasing with tremendous speed causing shortage of hospital beds, Oxygen and injections like Remdesivir. However, there are certain facts which need to be cleared about Remdesivir.
- No studies state that Remdesivir reduces death rate in patients of Covid – 19 infections.
- It is not recommended in patients of Covid positive with mild to moderate symptoms without supplemental oxygen requirement.
When to take Remdesivir
- When Oxygen saturation goes below 94% on room air.
- Patient becomes breathless and tired even with mild activity.
- Hospitalized with severe Covid – 19 with critical disease on Ventilator, Sepsis, ECMO
The doctors’ association states that if given conditions occur then under the advice of physician, pulmonologist or intensivist this injection is taken. We doctors request all citizens not to panic and start taking injection Remdesivir on self suggestion or without an advice of an expert doctor. Which means there is no shortage and whatever is the situation, is because of the mis-use and over-use of the said injection.
The appeal has been made by Ahmedabad Medical Association’s president Dr. Devendra Patel. Dr. Kamlesh Saini, Dr. Kirit Gadhavi, Dr. Dhiren Mehta, Dr. Mona Desai, Dr. Tushar Patel, Dr. Atul Patel, Dr. Ketan Patel, Dr. Maharshi Desai, Padmashree Dr. Sudhir Shah- senior neuro – physician, Padmashree Dr. Tejas Patel, senior cardiologist and Dr. Bharat Gadhavi, president, AHNA.