IMPORTANCE Convalescent plasma (CP) has been generally unsuccessful in preventing worsening of respiratory failure or death in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of CP plus standard therapy (ST) vs ST alone in preventing worsening respiratory failure or death in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS This prospective, open-label, randomized clinical trial enrolled (1:1 ratio) hospitalized patients with COVID-19 pneumonia to receive CP plus ST or ST alone between July 15 and December 8, 2020, at 27 clinical sites in Italy. Hospitalized adults with COVID-19 pneumonia and a partial pressure of oxygen-to-fraction of inspired oxygen (Pao(2)/Fio(2)) ratio between 350 and 200 mm Hg were eligible.INTERVENTIONS Patients in the experimental group received intravenous high-titer CP (>= 1:160, by microneutralization test) plus ST. The volume of infused CP was 200 mL given from 1 to a maximum of 3 infusions. Patients in the control group received ST, represented by remdesivir, glucocorticoids, and low-molecular weight heparin, according to the Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco recommendations.MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES The primary outcome was a composite of worsening respiratory failure (Pao(2)/Fio(2) ratio <150 mm Hg) or death within 30 days from randomization.RESULTS Of the 487 randomized patients (241 to CP plus ST; 246 to ST alone), 312 (64.1%) were men; the median (IQR) age was 64 (54.0-74.0) years. The modified intention-to-treat population included 473 patients. The primary end point occurred in 59 of 231 patients (25.5%) treated with CP and ST and in 67 of 239 patients (28.0%) who received ST (odds ratio, 0.88; 95% CI, 0.59-1.33; P = .54). Adverse events occurred more frequently in the CP group (12 of 241 [5.0%]) compared with the control group (4 of 246 [1.6%]; P = .04).CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE In patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 pneumonia, high-titer anti-SARS-CoV-2 CP did not reduce the progression to severe respiratory failure or death within 30 days.
Popoli, Patrizia;De Socio, Giuseppe Vittorio;Martinelli, Laura;Franchi, Silvia;Pallotto, Carlo;Luciani Pasqua, Barbara;Stoppini, Laura;Ferracchiato, Nadia;Giacometti, Andrea;Benedetti, Sara;Lanzi, Alessandra;Mazzoni, Alessandro;Pirro, Matteo
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