Gilead Sciences’ (NSDQ:GILD) Veklury (remdesivir) became the first FDA-approved COVID-19 drug when it was approved in October 2020.
Now, the company has announced that the FDA has granted expedited approval of a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for the drug to treat non-hospitalized adult and adolescent patients with a high risk of progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death.
The drug was formerly approved for hospitalized adults and children in a hospital or healthcare setting capable of offering similar care. Now, it can be administered in some outpatient settings.
FDA also expanded the emergency use authorization of the drug for non-hospitalized children younger than 12 with a high risk of disease progression.
Demand has surged for COVID-19 therapies, including remdesivir that retain efficacy against the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.
Gilead first discovered and developed remdesivir in 2009 as a investigati…