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Plasma therapy not promising in initial trials: ICMR officials

ICMR had in April sought participation in the randomised controlled study to assess the safety and efficacy of plasma therapy. While the study is under way at various sites, a review of the interim data on Friday wasn’t encouraging, the officials said.

By Teena Thacker, ET Bureau |Updated: June 30, 2020, 11.06AM IST
NEW DELHI: Plasma therapy for Covid-19 has not shown promising results, according to the preliminary results of a study of patients treated with the antibodies drawn from those cured of the disease. “The interim analysis from 300-odd patients who have been given plasma therapy showed that it is not working,” officials in the Indian Council of Medical Research told
patients. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the setting up of a plasma bank for treatment of Covid-19 patients. “There are two things that happen to a patient during corona – oxygen levels decline and respiration levels increase. If plasma is given, both these levels show improvement,” Kejriwal said on Monday. He appealed to cured patients to donate plasma.

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