UK health regulator approves Ronapreve monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

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UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the use of Ronapreve, the first monoclonal antibody treatment for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 to be used in the UK.

MHRA said in a statement, issued on that clinical trial of the product developed by the U.S. pharmaceutical Renegeron and the Swiss company Roche showed that the drug cocktail prevented infection, promote resolution of acute symptoms of the disease and hospitalizations.

UK Health Sajid Javid was quoted as saying “this treatment be a significant addition to our armoury to COVID-19, in addition to our world-renowned vaccination programme and life-saving therapeutics dexamethasone and tocilizumab.’’

Javid said that the government was working “at pace” with the Health Service and expert clinicians to ensure the monoclonal antibody treatment can be rolled out to patients as soon as possible.

According to the MHRA, Ronapreve acts at the lining of the respiratory system where it binds tightly to the coronavirus and prevents it from gaining access to the cells of the respiratory system.