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Colchicine not beneficial in hospitalized COVID-19 patients


Key clinical point: Addition of colchicine to standard of care (SOC) had no significant benefit in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

Major finding: There were no significant differences between SOC alone and SOC plus colchicine groups in all-cause mortality (rate ratio [RR], 1.01; P = .77), probability of being discharged alive within 28 days (RR, 0.98; P = .44), and the risk of progressing to invasive mechanical ventilation or death (RR, 1.02; P = .47).

Study details: In the RECOVERY trial, 11,340 hospitalized COVID-19 patients were randomly assigned to receive SOC with (n=5,610) or without (n=5,730) colchicine.

Disclosures: The RECOVERY trial was funded by the UK Research and Innovation (Medical Research Council), National Institute for Health Research, and Wellcome Trust. The authors declared no competing interests.

Source: RECOVERY Collaborative Group. Lancet Respir Med. 2021 Oct 18. doi: 10.1016/ S2213-2600(21)00435-5 .

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