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Roche drug in Covid trial

Posted 12 May 2020

Queensland researchers are gearing up to trial Roche's immunoregulatory drug Actemra in critically ill patients with COVID-19, based on the hope that the drug can interrupt a process that contributes to severe respiratory failure.

While there are a number of randomised controlled trials around the world evaluating the drug, lead researcher Bridget Barber from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute says the Brisbane trial is important.

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