Doctors at Baptist Memorial Hospital test new drug for COVID-19 patients

WATCH: Doctors at Baptist Memorial Hospital test new drug for COVID-19 patients

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new drug called Remdesivir is giving patients who suffer from COVID-19 hope.

A middle-aged woman at Baptist Memorial Hospital has taken the medication for 7 out of 10 days.

“Mainly it was a lung problem and so those are the people we are trying to test this drug out and use it,” said Dr. Steve Threlkeld, Infectious Disease Specialist at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

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Threlkeld said the patient is very sick even after she was given plasma but after taking Remdesivir the doctor saw an improvement.

“It’s safe to say that they are better since receiving that drug whether it’s because of the drug or not we can’t say at any given individual but at least we have trials out there that suggest the drug is in part effective,” Threlkeld said.

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This drug is very limited.

Before the patient was given Remdesivir, she had to meet certain qualifications like not having COVID-19 for more than 7 days.

Also, doctors checked to see if she had kidney or liver problems.

Threlkeld said while the drug is helpful, it’s not perfect

“Ultimately what we really need is the vaccine to prevent the illness and no drug is going to be perfect and every drug is going to have some side effect,” Threlkeld said.

Threlkeld needs approval from Vanderbilt to get more of the drug to Baptist Memorial Hospital.

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