A five-day remdesivir treatment course will cost $2,340, drugmaker Gilead Sciences said.ULRICH PERREY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has agreed to buy 500,000 remdesivir treatment courses, in the wake of clinical trials revealing the drug can help patients recover from the coronavirusfaster. A five-day course will cost $2,340,or $3,120 for commercially insured patients, biotech firm Gilead Sciences said.
Early last month, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for remdesivir to be used in cases of COVID-19 where patients were "hospitalized with severe disease," shortly after the drug showed "clear-cut positive effect" in a US trial.
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"To the extent possible, we want to ensure that any American patient who needs remdesivir can get it," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a release.
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