The latest buzzword in the pandemic is Dexamethasone, an inexpensive and commonly available drug that is reducing deaths in patients with severe Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. It is not a cure, of course, but a way to reduce mortality in severely ill patients. We asked Dr. Sam Fahmy of Boca Raton Regional Medical Center, about its use here.
“The recent news about the efficacy of Dexamethasone in hospitalized COVID patients was well received,” he said. “We have a plentiful supply of the drug and plan on using it for qualified patients. Dexamethasone has been used in our hospital for many years and for multiple conditions so there are no concerns regarding safety or dosing.”
The drug appears to reduce inflammation caused by the immune system and in a study by University of Oxford, Dexamethasone reduced deaths of patients on ventilators by one-third, and deaths of patients on oxygen by one-fifth.