THE US Food and Drug Administration has approved Regeneron’s coronavirus antibody drug – the same treatment given to President Donald Trump – for emergency use.
President Trump praised the treatment as a “miracle drug” last month after he was given the cocktail to treat his own case of Covid.
The medication is targeted to people with mild cases of Covid – not those who have been hospitalized because of the virus, the FDA said on Saturday.
It works by mimicking the body’s own immune system to prevent people who are infected from becoming gravely ill, according to the Washington Post.
Regeneron‘s drug is a combination of two monoclonal antibodies, according to the New York Post.
Days after Trump revealed that he and his wife Melania tested positive for Covid, he called his diagnosis a “blessing from God” and detailed the “unbelievable” effects of Regeneron’s drug.
In a video shared on October 7, he described how he “felt good immediately” after taking it, prompting share prices for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to spike shortly after his announcement.
“I spent four days [at the Walter Reed Medical Center], and I went in and wasn’t feeling so hot, and within a very short period of time they gave me Regeneron,” Trump said.
“And other things too but I think this was the key, but they gave me Regeneron and it was like, unbelievable. I felt good immediately.”
Trump added: “I felt as good three days ago as I do now.”
Trump previously said that he was pushing for Regeneron’s antibody drug to receive emergency approval and for the drug to be given to Americans free of charge.
“I took a certain medicine that was very miraculous to me – and I really don’t think it’s just in the head,” he explained during a Fox News interview.
“I just felt very good,” Trump said of the medicine. “You would have sort of a sore throat, but I felt really very good after taking this for a period of time.
“I don’t know what it was, antibodies, I don’t know. I took it, I said I ‘felt like Superman.’ I said, ‘Let me at ’em!’” the president told his supporters.
But he’s one of less than 10 people who were able to access the drug under “compassionate use” rules to treat Covid without participating in any study.
The drug is not a cure, but experimental antibody treatments like the one Trump was given are among the most promising therapies being tested for treating and preventing coronavirus infections.
The antibody drugs, which work to help the immune system clear the virus, are still in testing, and their safety and effectiveness aren’t yet known.