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RA drug cuts death risk in patients with severe COVID-19

Preliminary results from a large clinical trial showed Roche's rheumatoid arthritis drug Actemra, or tocilizumab, can reduce mortality risk among hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19, particularly when taken together with the steroid dexamethasone. The findings also showed tocilizumab can shorten hospital length of stay and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation.

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