Anti-fibrotic drugs effective in COVID-19 treatment: Army In
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For the first time in the country, anti-fibrotic drugs have been used to treat patients suffering from COVID-19-related lung fibrosis and breathlessness which has helped in the recovery of four such patients in Maharashtra's Pune, the Pune-based Army Institute of Cardiothoracic Sciences (AICTS) has said.

"AICTS researchers have found this therapy very effective in this subset of COVID-19 patients and they were safely tolerated as well. This is a novel strategy to tackle the lung fibrosis to treat a subset of COVID-19 patients," the release said.

It said these are early results and more research is being undertaken in this field to identify the patients who are likely to benefit from the therapy.

It said a breakthrough in the management of severe cases has been achieved by pulmonologists at the Pune-based AICTS by commencing anti-fibrotic therapy (tablet Nintedanib) in four such patients.

"The therapy proved to be very helpful in reducing the oxygen requirement of these patients and they were discharged home on minimal oxygen after a few weeks."

"This is the first time in the country that these anti-fibrotic drugs have been used in COVID-19 related lung fibrosis. These drugs have been used for other types of lung fibrosis secondary to auto-immune diseases (arthritis-related) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis," it said.

"Researchers at AICTS have found this therapy very effective in this subset of COVID-19 patients and they were safely tolerated as well. This is a novel strategy to tackle the lung fibrosis to treat a subset of COVID-19 patients," it said.

Source: https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/army-institute-of-cardiothoracic-sciences-says-anti-fibrotic-drugs-effective-in-covid-19-treatment/641391
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