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WHO adds Roche’s arthritis drug tocilizumab to COVID-19 medicines list – Metro US

WHO adds Roche’s arthritis drug tocilizumab to COVID-19 medicines list

FILE PHOTO: Logo of Swiss drugmaker Roche is seen in
FILE PHOTO: Logo of Swiss drugmaker Roche is seen in Basel

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Friday it had added its first monoclonal antibody tocilizumab to its so-called pre-qualification list, an official list of medicines used as a benchmark for procurement by developing countries.

The WHO recommended the drug, manufactured by Roche and typically used to treat arthritis, only for patients diagnosed with severe or critical COVID-19.

(Reporting by Emma Farge)

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