Fujifilm starts new late-phase trial of Avigan in Japan for COVID-19 patients

FILE PHOTO: Tablets of Avigan are displayed during a photo opportunity at Fujifilm’s headquarters in Tokyo. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) – Fujifilm Holdings Corp said on Wednesday it started a new phase III trial of its anti-influenza drug Avigan in Japan for COVID-19 patients.

The new trial in Japan is targeting patients with early-onset of COVID-19 who have risk factors for progression to severe symptoms, Fujifilm said in a release.

Domestic approval of the drug for COVID-19 was delayed after a health ministry panel said in December that trial data was inconclusive.

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