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Clinical trial offers new COVID-19 treatments to people with diabetes

A new nationwide study is recruiting 10,000 people to test new treatments for people with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19). The trial is focusing on people with an increased risk of getting seriously ill from the virus, including people living with diabetes.  

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The trial, called the PANORAMIC study, is being led by researchers at the University of Oxford. The trial wants to find out if antiviral treatments can reduce the chance of people aged over 50 years or with underlying health conditions becoming seriously ill and needing to go into hospital if they have Covid.  We already know that these treatments are safe and effective. But the trial is looking for more information about how effective they are in the wider population.   

The study is looking for people who: 

  • have had a positive PCR test for Covid, 
  • feel unwell with symptoms of Covid that started in the last five days, and 
  • are aged over 50 years or aged 18-49 years with an underlying medical condition that can increase their chance of having severe Covid.  

The medical conditions that make you eligible if you are aged 18-49 years include all types of diabetes, as well as chronic kidney disease, chronic heart disease and if you are living with a BMI of over 35.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be contacted by a member of the trial team or by a local healthcare professional, like your GP, to talk about joining the trial. You can also sign up directly on the trial website at  

The treatment that you would be offered is an antiviral, called Lagevrio  (molnupiravir). Lagevrio is given as a course of tablets that are taken at home within five days of symptoms starting. Some people on the trial will be put in the control group and not given this treatment. They'll receive standard care instead.

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If you have diabetes, we strongly encourage you to get the coronavirus vaccine and boosters when you're invited. This is because people with diabetes are vulnerable to developing a severe illness if they do get Covid, and vaccines are the most effective way to prevent that from happening. 

We also recommend that you get your annual flu jab. Getting your vaccinations will help protect you from both Covid and flu and stay well this winter. 

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