Which medications in the drug class Immunomodulators are used in the treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Updated: Jun 25, 2021
  • Author: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Immunomodulators

Immunomodulators plus other treatment modalities (eg, remdesivir, glucocorticoids) may be considered for hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 to blunt the hyperinflammation caused by cytokine release.

Tocilizumab (Actemra)

June 24, 2021: Emergency use authorization (EUA) issued by the FDA for treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in hospitalized adults and pediatric patients (aged >2 years) who are receiving systemic corticosteroids and require supplemental oxygen, noninvasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or ECMO.

Baricitinib (Olumiant)

November 19, 2020: Emergency use authorization (EUA) issued by the FDA for use, in combination with remdesivir, for treatment of suspected or laboratory confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in hospitalized patients aged ≥2 years who require supplemental oxygen, invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).


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