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Federal Way woman is first patient in COVID-19 clinical drug trial

Redmond Reporter, May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Federal Way woman is first patient in COVID-19 clinical drug trial

 When Federal Way resident Sheri Bebbington was hospitalized for COVID-19, doctors told her they would try to save her life. Bebbington, 57, was the first patient enrolled in CHI Franciscan’s clinical drug trial for Remdesivir, a broad-spectrum antiviral drug recently approved for emergency use authorization in the U.S. for patients with severe COVID-19 cases. … In Tacoma, CHI Franciscan’s St. Joseph Medical Center had been approved for a clinical drug trial of Remdesivir. After consulting with a scientist at UC Irvine, whom she knew through her sister, Bebbington realized the trial may be a last resort.