COMPILED BY MICHAEL GRANT WHITE 2022
According to Gilead, the adverse reactions people had to remdesivir in the latest study were nausea, acute respiratory failure, and elevated liver enzymes.
The Guardian said this information came from a report accidentally posted by the World Health Organization that was subsequently taken down. According to that report, the trial was halted early in part because some patients were having negative side effects, though the writers did not elaborate as to what those side effects were.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect: Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes. Infusion reactions have happened with this drug. Tell the doctor right away if you notice sweating a lot; shivering; fever; fast or slow heartbeat; severe upset stomach or throwing up; signs of high or low blood pressure like severe headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight; shortness of breath or wheezing; or any other effects during or after the infusion.
Use of remdesivir — The U.S. government actually pays hospitals an additional bonus when they use remdesivir and that’s in addition to the 20% upcharge. Remdesivir was developed as an antiviral drug and tested during the Ebola breakout in 2014. Results were beyond disappointing. In the early months of 2020, the drug was entered into COVID trials. Those trials were also beyond disappointing. Not only was the drug ineffective against the infection but it also had significant and life-threatening side effects, including kidney failure and liver damage. Despite its clear dangers and lack of effectiveness, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized remdesivir for emergency use against COVID in May 2020, and then gave it full approval in October 2020.