Eli Lilly halts COVID-19 antibody-treatment trial over ‘safety concern’

Eli Lilly halts COVID-19 antibody-treatment trial over ‘safety concern’

The testing of a possible antibody treatment for COVID-19 by drug giant Eli Lilly has been put on hold over a “potential safety concern,’’ a report said Tuesday.

Officials involved in the government-sponsored, late-stage clinical trials e-mailed testing researchers saying the program had been halted because a participant fell ill, according to the New York Times.

“Safety is of the utmost importance to Lilly,’’ company rep Molly McCully wrote The Post in an e-mail Tuesday.

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“We are aware that, out of an abundance of caution, the ACTIV-3 independent data safety monitoring board (DSMB) has recommended a pause in enrollment,’’ the rep said, referring to the group of clinical-research experts that helps the government oversee such trials.

“The trial, evaluating Lilly’s investigational neutralizing antibody as a treatment for COVID-19 in hospitalized patients, is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH),’’ McCully said.

“Lilly is supportive of the decision

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