Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Royal College of Nursing on the use of the allergy drug Budesonide in the treatment of early covid-19 symptoms.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department has not had specific discussions with the Royal College of Nursing.

Inhaled budesonide was trialled as part of the PRINCIPLE trial platform in the United Kingdom as a treatment for COVID-19 in non-hospitalised patients who are 65 years old and over or 50 years old and over with an underlying health condition. On 12 April, interim analysis revealed that inhaled budesonide reduced the time to self-reported recovery by a median of three days. A complete analysis is currently underway to understand the full benefit. Clinical guidance has been issued for clinicians to consider prescribing inhaled budesonide on a case-by-case basis, but it is not currently recommended as the standard of care in the UK. The Department has briefed the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges on the recent results from the PRINCIPLE trial.

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