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Remdesivir Side Effects

Applies to remdesivir: parenteral powder for injection for iv infusion, parenteral solution concentrate for injection for iv infusion


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Side effects include:

Randomized, open-label clinical trial (Study GS-US-540-5773) in adults with severe COVID-19 treated with remdesivir for 5 or 10 days: Adverse events reported in 71 or 74%, serious adverse events reported in 21 or 35%, and grade 3 or greater adverse events reported in 31 or 43% of patients in the 5- or 10-day treatment group, respectively. Drug discontinued because of adverse events in 5% of patients receiving the 5-day regimen and 10% of patients receiving the 10-day regimen. All-cause mortality at day 28 was 10 or 13% in the 5- or 10-day treatment group, respectively.

Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in hospitalized adults with severe COVID-19 in China: Adverse events (e.g., constipation, hypoalbuminemia, hypokalemia, anemia, thrombocytopenia, increased total bilirubin) reported in 66 or 64% of patients who received remdesivir or placebo, respectively. Serious adverse effects reported in 18% of patients who received remdesivir; drug discontinued because of adverse effects in 12% of patients.

Cohort of 53 hospitalized patients in manufacturer's compassionate-use program: Adverse effects (e.g., increased hepatic enzymes, diarrhea, rash, renal impairment, hypotension) reported in 60% of patients; serious adverse effects (e.g., multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, septic shock, acute kidney injury, hypotension) reported in 23%; drug discontinued because of adverse effects in 8% of patients.

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