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Coronavirus treatment: Can you buy Dexamethasone over the counter?


While many people may be surprised they can’t get a potentially life-saving drug over-the-counter, experts insist only people in hospital need it.

Speaking at yesterday’s Government coronavirus briefing, Professor Peter Horby of Oxford University said the successful clinical trial found the drug only helped those needing a ventilator or oxygen due to severe symptoms.

The trial of 6,000 people found the drug saved one life for every eight patients treated on a ventilator, and one for every 25 on oxygen.

The trial found the drug had little effect on those with lesser symptoms of the virus.





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