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How People Can Access Experimental Drugs Like Remdesivir

Compassionate use allows very sick people to get access to treatments that might help Covid-19 — but it’s complicated.

A photo of a bottle of Remdesivir.
One vial of the drug remdesivir. Photo: Ulrich Perrey/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

Eleven days after the first confirmed Covid-19 patient in the United States reported symptoms, he was treated with an experimental antiviral drug called remdesivir.

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Medical and science journalist now living in Mount Washington Valley, NH, after 33+ year-career as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal.

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