Lithuania has sufficient stocks of dexamethasone, a drug that has been found to significantly cut death risk for Covid-19 patients, the country’s Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has said.
“The drug has been used for a long time and is used to treat many conditions. It’s a really cheap, simple and well-known medication,” the minister told BNS.
“If it’s really effective […], we will not need to do anything special, since we have plenty of it in Lithuania,” the minister added.
Results of a trial led by a team from Oxford University, reported on Tuesday, indicate that dexamethasone, a commonly used steroid medication, cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.
Lithuanian medics are now consulting UK colleagues and exchanging information, according to Veryga.
The Lithuanian minister did not specify, however, when the country could start using dexamethasone to treat coronavirus patients.