Coronavirus Update: Novartis Targets COVID-19 Cytokine Storm With Jakavi
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Novartis's Jakavi joins the likes of Roche's Actemra in targeting the life-threatening immune reaction which is killing acutely ill COVID-19 patients.
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Dozens of life science companies are working to find effective treatments for COVID-19. In addition to our daily in-depth coverage of key regulatory events relating to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re bringing you selected brief insights into some of the efforts that are under way on this front.