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Covid-19: trials of four potential treatments to generate “robust data” of what works

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1206 (Published 24 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1206

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  1. Anna Sayburn
  1. London

The World Health Organization (WHO) is to coordinate an international study of treatments for covid-19 that will focus on four potential treatment strategies.

Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said on 18 March that the SOLIDARITY trial was a response to fears that “multiple small trials with different methodologies may not give us the clear, strong evidence we need about which treatments help to save lives.”1

The trial “is designed to generate the robust data we need, to show which treatments are the most effective,” he said. It will also be designed to put minimal burden on over-stretched hospitals.

The study will focus on four treatment options …

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