A potential treatment for Covid using blood plasma does not reduce deaths among hospital patients, trials show.
The results are a blow to researchers and the NHS, which led the drive to collect plasma donations.
This arm of the Recovery trial, which is investigating a number of promising Covid treatments, has now been closed.
The Oxford researchers involved say they are “incredibly grateful” for the contribution of patients across the country.
Donations of plasma were temporarily suspended, according to NHS Blood and Transplant.**
There had been huge international interest in the role of convalescent plasma as a possible treatment for hospital patients with Covid-19.
Antibiotic Prescriptions Associated With COVID-19 Outpatient Visits Among Medicare Beneficiaries, April 2020 to April 2021
Outpatient Visits for COVID-19 and Associated Antibiotic Prescriptions Among Medicare Beneficiaries Aged 65 Years or Older, by Setting, US, April 2020 to April 2021. The volume of COVID-19 visits differed by setting: emergency department, 525 608 (45.8% of all visits); office, 295 983 (25.3%); telehealth, 260 261 (22.3%); and urgent care, 77 268 (6.6%).
Source: Journal of American Medical Association Network