Is inhaled steroid budesonide really ‘silver bullet’ for COVID-19?

West Texas doctor, Richard Bartlett, claims he's found the best treatment for the new coronavirus

Budesonide has been touted as a "silver bullet" for treating COVID-19 by one West Texas doctor, but many other doctors say the drug needs to be studied before it's widely used.
Budesonide has been touted as a "silver bullet" for treating COVID-19 by one West Texas doctor, but many other doctors say the drug needs to be studied before it's widely used. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A West Texas doctor is getting a lot of attention for his claims that the inhaled steroid budesonide is the “silver bullet” for COVID-19.

Dr. Richard Bartlett, a general physician who practices at various clinics in the Midland-Odessa area says he’s had 100% success rate treating dozens of patients with the drug.

Clips from his media interviews have gone viral on social media and some have speculated that other doctors are overlooking a cure.

“It’s like this medicine was made for this pandemic,” Bartlett told News West 9.

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KSAT asked Dr. Ruth Berggren, an infectious disease specialist at the UT Health San Antonio’s Long School of Medicine about claims that budesonide is the key to curing coronavirus cases.

“So this is a premature declaration of a cure,” Berggren said.


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