PRINCIPLE trial finds antibiotics azithromycin and doxycycline not generally effective treatments for COVID-19


For further information or interviews with the lead investigators, please contact Dan Richards-Doran, University of Oxford, dan.richards-doran@phc.ox.ac.uk

About the PRINCIPLE trial:

The UK-wide PRINCIPLE trial is designed as a platform trial, so it is able to investigate multiple treatments for the same disease. In this instance, the trial is evaluating existing treatments that theoretically may be beneficial in COVID-19 in shortening illness, or preventing hospitalisation or death. Treatments can be dropped form the trial once an answer about its effectiveness is found. New treatments can be also added as the trial progresses.

PRINCIPLE continues to investigate the effects of treatment in the community with inhaled budesonide, an inhaled corticosteroid, which is also anti-inflammatory, and potentially antiviral.

PRINCIPLE is led from the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. PRINCIPLE is supported by a vast network of care homes, pharmacies, NHS 111 Hubs, hospitals, and 1,016 GP practices across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The trial is integrated with the Oxford-RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre and works closely with the NIHR Clinical Research Network, NHS DigiTrials, Public Health England, Health and Care Research Wales, NHS Research Scotland and the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland.

www.principletrial.org

About the University of Oxford

Oxford University has been placed number 1 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the fifth year running, and at the heart of this success is our ground-breaking research and innovation. Oxford is world-famous for research excellence and home to some of the most talented people from across the globe. Our work helps the lives of millions, solving real-world problems through a huge network of partnerships and collaborations. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of our research sparks imaginative and inventive insights and solutions.

Oxford University’s Medical Sciences Division is one of the largest biomedical research centres in Europe, with over 2,500 people involved in research and more than 2,800 students. The University is rated the best in the world for medicine and life sciences, and it is home to the UK’s top-ranked medical school. It has one of the largest clinical trial portfolios in the UK and great expertise in taking discoveries from the lab into the clinic. Partnerships with the local NHS Trusts enable patients to benefit from close links between medical research and healthcare delivery.

Within the division, the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is the largest, top-ranked centre for academic primary care in the UK and leads world-class research and training to rethink the way healthcare is delivered in general practice and other primary care settings. The department’s main research focus on the prevention, early diagnosis and management of common illness, bringing together academics from many different backgrounds to work together to produce benefits for the NHS, for populations and for patients. www.phc.ox.ac.uk

About the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation’s largest funder of health and care research. The NIHR:

  • Funds, supports and delivers high quality research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care.
  • Engages and involves patients, carers and the public in order to improve the reach, quality and impact of research.
  • Attracts, trains and supports the best researchers to tackle the complex health and care challenges of the future.
  • Invests in world-class infrastructure and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services.
  • Partners with other public funders, charities and industry to maximise the value of research to patients and the economy.

The NIHR was established in 2006 to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research, and is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. In addition to its national role, the NIHR commissions applied health research to benefit the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, using Official Development Assistance funding.

This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the NHS as part of their care and support and would not have been possible without access to this data. The NIHR recognises and values the role of patient data, securely accessed and stored, both in underpinning and leading to improvements in research and care. www.nihr.ac.uk/patientdata

UK Research and Innovation works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £8 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.





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