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Convalescent plasma may be considered in COVID-19 patients not responding to steroids


Convalescent plasma may be considered in COVID-19 patients with moderate disease who are not improving (oxygen requirement is progressively increasing) despite use of steroids, noted a one-page advisory issued by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (Biological Division), here on Wednesday.

Also read: Study on plasma therapy is ongoing: ICMR

The Health Ministry last week released guidelines on clinical management protocol for COVID-19 where certain therapies were indicated for use as investigational therapies, in which convalescent plasma by plasmapheresis has been indicated as “Off Label” in COVID-19 patients’.

The organisation has specified special prerequisites while considering convalescent plasma — ABO compatibility ...


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