Remdesivir is NOT the COVID Silver Bullet 

May 7, 2020

The new drug is being billed as the new “standard of care” for COVID-19, but only improves mortality by 3.6%. Action Alert!

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has declared that the new antiviral drug remdesivir will “be the standard of care” for COVID-19, delivering a windfall to the manufacturer. This bold claim is seemingly based on results from a single trial that leaves some serious questions about the efficacy of this drug. In the meantime, low-cost, safe, and effective natural treatments are being ignored. This is a prime example of how our crony capitalist health system operates.

The government’s study of remdesivir found the drug had an extremely modest benefit, with an 8% mortality rate for the study group on the drug versus an 11.6% mortality rate for the placebo group.

That’s right: the “standard of care” is a drug that has a mortality rate just 3.6% higher than placebo!  We can surely do better than this.

But the mortality rate was not the key metric used by the government to approve the drug’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for treatment of COVID-19. In fact, the government moved the goalposts of the study: rather than using the mortality rate to assess the drug’s effectiveness, NIAID decided to judge the drug on how long it took surviving patients to recover. Judging from the very modest reduction in mortality compared to placebo, it’s no surprise the government needed another metric to demonstrate success.

Remdesivir comes with some serious side effects, including liver damage, nausea, vomiting, and shivering. In the fact sheet made available to patients as part of the FDA’s emergency use authorization for the drug, the agency notes, “These are not all the possible side effects of remdesivir. Remdesivir is still being studied so it is possible that all of the risks are not known at this time.”

Despite the lack of information about possible side effects, one million vials of the drug are being shipped to US hospitals.

Other trials have shown that remdesivir has no clinical benefit.

There’s more. Nearly 20% of the 50 researchers and physicians on the government panel responsible for deciding on treatment recommendations for COVID-19, including remdesivir, have financial ties to Gilead, the drug’s manufacturer.

We should also note that the enthusiasm for remdesivir might have something to do with the fact that it is a new drug and will make huge amounts of money for Gilead, whereas hydroxychloroquine, another drug the government was seriously considering, is an old drug that cannot be made as profitable, since it is now available as a generic. Hydroxychloroquine also has dangerous side effects. The point isn’t that hydroxychloroquine should be used rather than remdesivir, but rather how unsurprising it is that our crony medical system pushes a new drug that can make billions over an old drug that can’t. Note that quercetin, which may perform the same function as hydroxychloroquine in helping to get zinc into cells, also is not profitable and is not being touted by the government.

There is something wrong with this picture. A drug being hyped by Dr. Fauci barely has a better rate of saving lives than a placebo; the government shifts its metric of success for the drug in the middle of the trial; other trials show no benefit for the drug; and we don’t have full information yet on potential side effects. This is the new “standard of care” for COVID-19?

We can expect remdesivir to carry an exorbitant price tag. One company has already tripled the price of a drug that is being used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve reported recently on the promising natural medicines for treating and preventing COVID-19 infection. All of these are low-cost and safe. Yet the government will not consider these treatments and is instead throwing its entire weight behind a dangerous drug with incomplete safety information. As we’ve been saying for years, this is because monopoly drugs make pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars, while natural options usually cannot be patented and made into big money-makers. Until we address this fundamentally broken mechanism, we will continue to be a country that is over-reliant on dangerous pharmaceutical drugs that make us sicker.

Action Alert! Write to Congress and your state lawmakers, urging them to learn more about natural ways of dealing with COVID-19. Please send your message immediately.

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18 responses to “Remdesivir is NOT the COVID Silver Bullet ”

  1. rose dunn says:

    Stop the BS we do not want your drug schemes. There are plenty of other options to treat this flu.

    STOP the crap around this PLANDEMIC, We can see through this, Problem reaction solution event.

    We do not consent to the deep state agenda for depopulation and other such nonsense!

  2. Dorothy and Richard Chamberlin says:

    There are better ways than drugs to deal with anything like this. People need to take responsibility for their health.

  3. Brian Gibbons says:

    Please learn more and implement more natural ways of dealing with COVID-19.

  4. Linda Chamberlin says:

    It’s very true that “Remdesivir is NOT the COVID Silver Bullet”, but it stands to make tons more money for certain people, like greedy little Fauci. No, that drug is an expensive farce. But go back about five years and Anthony Fauci was recommending hydroxychloroquine. He now scoffs at it because he’s playing political games. There has been tremendous success using this inexpensive generic hydroxychloroquine — in fact one doctor has literally had 100% success. So let’s dig into this, and let Remdesivir (which is basically ineffective) die an ignominious death on the vine.

  5. Ronald Thurman says:

    A basic truth: AS LONG AS THERE IS PROFIT MOTIVE IN HEALTH CARE, NOBODY WILL BE WELL! Time to expand the U.S. Public Health Service to a fully funded military organization under the UCMJ and give the mission to cure disease, not just manage the symptoms for profit.

  6. Jessica Rollins says:

    Learn more about natural ways of dealing with COVID-19.

  7. Susan Welsford says:

    STOP lacing our food with unnatural substances and end GMOs!

  8. elinoe stradtner says:

    When the officials giving us advice have a monetary interest in the advice they are espousing, how ethical or moral or legitimate is it?

  9. e c says:

    The world is waking up to the truth! Anthony Fauci, Birx and Bill Gates are NOT FRIENDS OF HUMANITY!!! They’ve been playing their evil games on the world for years.

  10. Barbara Broz says:

    Medications, especially the ‘quick fixes’ that are being promoted now, offer minimal or negligible benefit, as the manufacturers are well aware. Learn more about natural ways of dealing with COVID-19; our lives depend on it.

  11. Jerry Lambert says:

    American medical system needs to evaluate the process of using natural herbs, medicines;;;etc. in dealing with COVID-19!

  12. Peter Franklin Davis says:

    Trump/Deplorable’s SHAM Snake Oul salesman faith based phones Coronavirus SCAMMERS

  13. Jim Grapek says:

    The medical industry is corrupt, and our families and friends — yours, as well, are dying because of it. Time to go with natural rememdies, homeopathy, and modalities that actually WORK to support health. Many of your constituents can now see this. Please do the right thing.

  14. Terry McManus says:

    I agree whole heartily about conventional medicines bias against natural, usually better methods. However, your math is incorrect: if the mortality drops from 12.6 to 8%, that is a 31% improvement not 3.6%. 3.6% difference divided into the base of 11.6%.
    Errors like that hurt your cause.

  15. Robert Latta says:

    Remdesivir is also much more expensive than the combo of hydrocloroquine, Zpaks, and Zinc which have been used successfully to save the lives of thousands of people with #COVID19!

  16. Dianne Ashworth says:

    Remdesivir comes with some serious side effects, including liver damage, nausea, vomiting, and shivering. In the fact sheet made available to patients as part of the FDA’s emergency use authorization for the drug, the agency notes, “These are not all the possible side effects of remdesivir. Remdesivir is still being studied so it is possible that all of the risks are not known at this time.” Yet, the “standard of care” is a drug that improves survival by 3.6%! We can surely do better than this. On top of this, price gouging that has been banned is happening with the so-called “cures” manufactured by drug companies. I expect that remdesivir will carry an exorbitant price tag. One company has already tripled the price of a drug that is being used during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    As much of our tax dollars should be used to test natural remedies as is being funneled to Big Pharma. We can’t afford to wait for drug companies and their affiliates to get “their cut” of money from this tragedy. Please, read the information in this link: https://anh-usa.org/covid/. Get started! All of these are low-cost and safe. Use the government’s clout to source pure substances and forget about the profit margin this one time. The world needs help, not harm. Testing these promising natural remedies on human subjects, remember 95% of animal test results don’t translate to human use, will not cause as much harm as the pharmaceutical offerings and could possibly be the answer that the populace awaits. Stop wasting our precious time and money! Be magnanimous, do the right thing for humanity.

  17. Nancy Sugahara says:

    Many more people would take action if you provide a message we can submit

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