June 17, 2020 / 11:20 AM / 25 days ago

Russia says it already uses dexamethasone to treat coronavirus patients: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia already uses dexamethasone to treat patients with the novel coronavirus, but does not view it as a panacea against COVID-19, the RIA news agency cited Russian health ministry official Sergei Avdeev as saying on Wednesday.

Dexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, has become the first drug shown to be able to save the lives of critically ill COVID-19 patients in what scientists said is a major breakthrough in the coronavirus pandemic.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Heavens

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