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Source: Covid-19 Clinical Care  Mar 27, 2020  4 years, 3 weeks, 2 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes ago

Breaking! Covid-19-Clinical Care: New Repurposed Drug, Tpa Could Help Covid-19 Patients With Respiratory Distress And Where Ventilators Are Not Available

Breaking! Covid-19-Clinical Care: New Repurposed Drug, Tpa Could Help Covid-19 Patients With Respiratory Distress And Where Ventilators Are Not Available
Source: Covid-19 Clinical Care  Mar 27, 2020  4 years, 3 weeks, 2 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes ago
Covid-19 Clinical Care: Medical researchers from the University of Colorado at Denver and MIT have proposed a new stopgap measure that could help Covid-19 patients who are in acute respiratory distress by repurposing a drug that is now used to treat blood clots. The researchers believe the drug could help patients in cases where a ventilator is not helping, or if a ventilator is not available.



To date, three hospitals in Massachusetts and Colorado are developing plans to test this approach in severely ill Covid-19 patients.
 
The pharmaceutical drug, a protein called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), is commonly given to heart attack and stroke victims. The approach is based on emerging data from China and Italy that Covid-19 patients have a profound disorder of blood clotting that is contributing to their respiratory failure.

Dr Michael Yaffe, a David H. Koch Professor of Science at MIT told Thailand Medical News, “If this were to work, which we hope it will, it could potentially be scaled up very quickly, because every