Tocilizumab for treating COVID-19 patients (search done on 27 April 2020)

Added June 15, 2020

Citation: Antwi‐Amoabeng D, Kanji Z, Ford B, et al. Clinical Outcomes in COVID‐19 Patients Treated with Tocilizumab: An Individual Patient Data Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Virology. 2020 May 21.

What is this? Tocilizumab have been suggested as possible treatment for COVID-19.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies that reported data on individual COVID-19 patients who had received tocilizumab, sarilumab or siltuximab. They did not restrict their searches by date, type or language of publication and did their most recent search on 27 April 2020. They included 11 observational studies (total: 29 patients) from China (2 studies), France (2), Italy (2), Switzerland (1) and the USA (4).

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies showed that although clinical improvement was reported in some patients who received tocilizumab, its effectiveness for treating COVID-19 patients is uncertain.


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