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AstraZeneca and collaborator initiate trial with Farxiga in COVID-19 patients

Mene Pangalos

AstraZeneca and Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute have initiated a randomized, global Phase III trial to assess the potential of Farxiga (dapagliflozin) as a treatment in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who are at risk of developing serious complications, such as organ failure.

The goal of the trial, called DARE-19, is to assess whether Farxiga, a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, can reduce the risk of disease progression, clinical complications, and death due to COVID-19 in patients who also have cardiovascular (CV), metabolic or kidney risk factors.

To test whether Farxiga can prevent serious complications

Cardiac, renal and metabolic comorbidities have been associated with poor outcomes and death in COVID-19 patients. The trial design is supported by extensive data on the protective effect of Farxiga in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), chronic kidney disease (CKD)or type 2 diabetes (T2D).

“AstraZeneca is committed to finding new solutions to fight COVID-19 by investigating the application of our new and existing medicines. With the Phase III DARE-19 trial, we aim to test whether Farxiga can prevent serious complications such as organ failure in those patients with pre-existing health conditions, a critical goal when treating COVID-19,” says Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca.

The DARE-19 trial is open for enrolment in the US and other European countries with a high COVID-19 burden and aims to recruit approximately 900 patients.

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