Updates from the SECURE-IBD* registry reveal that treatment with thiopurine, either alone or in combination with tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFis), for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with a greater risk of severe COVID-19 compared with TNFis monotherapy.
An anticoagulation strategy based on blood D-dimer level as a biomarker for clotting risk may help improve survival of patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a study presented during the ASH 2020 Meeting.
Dabigatran was similarly effective as standard of care (SOC) in resolving thrombus and preventing recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE), without raising the risk of bleeding in children, according to the DIVERSITY trial presented at ASH 2020 — thus providing a potential oral alternative to standard of care for the paediatric population.
The interleukin (IL)-1β antibody canakinumab has demonstrated a promising efficacy signal in patients with COVID-19-related pneumonia, reducing the need for invasive mechanical ventilation and improving clinical status, according to a study.
A trial vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 is underway with the first US participants being dosed in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Known as the BNT162 vaccine programme, the trials are a collaboration between Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, and is part of a global development programme with Germany and the US taking the lead in having the first cohorts to be vaccinated. Germany started the study 1 week earlier.