Remdesivir (Veklury): What you should know

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About remdesivir (Veklury)

Remdesivir (brand name Veklury) is an antiviral drug used to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19, who need extra oxygen to help them breathe. It’s used in health care facilities such as hospitals, as it’s given via infusion into the veins of patients.

Given the emergency context of COVID-19, Health Canada conducted an expedited review to address the urgent need for treatment options. Based on this review, Health Canada authorized remdesivir with conditions in July 2020. It’s sold in Canada by Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc.

Remdesivir is authorized for use in adults and youth aged 12 years and older who weigh at least 40 kg. Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc. did not seek authorization to use remdesivir to treat children or pregnant women.

Find detailed technical information about remdesivir, such as the product monograph and our regulatory decision summary, in the COVID-19 vaccines and treatments regulatory portal.

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