Huntsville Hospital receives first shipment of remdesivir to fight COVID-19
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New COVID-19 drug comes to Huntsville Hospital

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - There's been differing opinions on what doctors should use to treat patients with COVID-19. And now there's a new drug on the table.

Remdesivir, a drug used to treat COVID-19, is in short supply, putting healthcare providers in a tight spot.
Remdesivir, a drug used to treat COVID-19, is in short supply, putting healthcare providers in a tight spot.

Last month we talked with Dr. Ali Hassoun about hydroxychloroquine. He was using the drug then and tells us he’s still using it now to treat patients with COVID-19. But soon he can start using Remdesivir.

We asked him if there could be negative side effects. He says since it’s so early on, there’s not a lot of data available.

He says the FDA issued an emergency approval for it based on a national institute of health study. That study showed progress for COVID patients after taking it. Dr. Hassoun tells us he doesn’t think he’ll be able to prescribe it to all of his COVID-19 patients initially

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