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Clinical trials for COVID-19 pills are underway in Arizona

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Investigational antiviral pill Molnupiravir (image not actual size), 2021.

Initial results from trials of a new Merck COVID-19 treatment are showing promise, and other, similar pills, could also be on the way.

Some of those trials are happening here in Arizona — the Merck treatment trial is wrapping up, while another antiviral trial involving a Pfizer product is ongoing; data from that one could come out in the spring.

Those are happening at Arizona Clinical Trials, where Dr. Anita Kohli is an infectious disease doctor and director of clinical research.

The Show spoke with her to learn about her role in conducting trials for these new treatments.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.