The Philippine government is looking into bringing a Japanese anti-flu medication into the country as it appears to be “very promising” for treating coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, an official of the Department of Health said Monday.advertisement
“Very promising po siya, mukha po talaga siyang sa ngayon sa mga anti-viral ay ito po ang parang medyo directed po ang treatment towards talagang [sa] COVID-19,” Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said in an interview over Dobol B sa News TV.
“Of course… this is a very early development drug, at nakita po na meron siyang positive response sa mga pasyente sa kanya,” he added.
Also the director general of the Food and Drug Administration, Domingo said the drug, Avigan, is not yet being produced in commercial quantity and has no distributor in the Philippines yet.
“Kasi nga dinedevelop pa, wala pa po siyang production in commercial quantity pero tinitingnan din po natin kung pano siya maipapasok sa Pilipinas,” he said.