for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at UC Davis
study started
estimated completion



This study aims to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of molnupiravir (MK-4482) compared to placebo. The primary hypothesis is that molnupiravir is superior to placebo as assessed by the rate of sustained recovery through Day 29.

Official Title

A Phase 2/3, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Study to Evaluate the Efficacy, Safety, and Pharmacokinetics of MK-4482 in Hospitalized Adults With COVID-19


Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Coronavirus Infections Molnupiravir


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Has documentation of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection with sample collection ≤ 10 days prior to the day of randomization. PCR is the preferred method; however other diagnostic methods are allowed if authorized by use in the country
  • Had initial onset of signs/symptoms attributable to COVID-19 for ≤10 days prior to the day of randomization and ≥1 sign/symptom attributable to COVID-19 present at randomization
  • Requires medical care in the hospital for ongoing clinical manifestations of COVID-19 (not just for public health or quarantine purposes)
  • Has mild, moderate, or severe COVID-19
  • Is willing and able to take oral medication
  • Males agree to the following during the intervention period and for at least 90 days after the last dose of study intervention: Refrain from donating sperm; and either abstain from heterosexual intercourse as their preferred and usual lifestyle (abstinent on a long term and persistent basis) and agree to remain abstinent; or must agree to use contraception
  • Females are not pregnant or breastfeeding, and at least one of the following conditions applies: Is not a woman of child bearing potential (WOCBP); or is a WOCBP and using a contraceptive method that is highly effective (a low user dependency method OR a user dependent method in combination with barrier method), or be abstinent from heterosexual intercourse as their preferred and usual lifestyle (abstinent on a long-term and persistent basis) for 28 days from the start of study intervention; a WOCBP must have a negative highly sensitive pregnancy test (serum test is required) within 24 hours before the first dose of study intervention

You CAN'T join if...

  • Has critical COVID-19 with any of the following: respiratory failure (including endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation, oxygen delivered by high-flow nasal cannula (flow rates >20L/min with fraction of delivered oxygen >= 0.5), noninvasive positive pressure ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO))
  • Is on dialysis or has reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <30 mL/min/1.73m2 by the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) equation

  • Has any of the following conditions: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with a recent viral load >50 copies/mL or cluster of differentiation 4 (CD4) <200 cell/mm3; chemotherapy required within 6 weeks before randomization; a neutrophilic granulocyte absolute count <500/mm3; autologous or allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipient

  • Has history of Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C infection with any of the following: 1) cirrhosis 2) end-stage liver disease 3) hepatocellular carcinoma 4) aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and/or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > 3 times the upper limit of normal at screening
  • Has a history of acute pancreatitis within 3 months prior to randomization or a history of chronic pancreatitis
  • Is taking or is anticipated to require any prohibited therapies
  • Is unwilling to abstain from participating in another interventional clinical trial through Day 29 with an investigational compound or device, including those for COVID-19 therapeutics
  • Is anticipated to require transfer to a non-study hospital within 72 hours
  • Has a baseline heart rate of < 50 beats per minute at rest
  • Has a platelet count <100,000/μL or received a platelet transfusion in the 5 days prior to randomization
  • Has hypersensitivity or other contraindication to any of the components of the study interventions as determined by the investigator
  • Has any condition for which, in the opinion of the investigator, participation would not be in the best interest of the participant or that could prevent, limit, or confound the protocol-specified assessments including but not limited to: participants who are not expected to survive longer than 48 hours after randomization or participants who are expected to require mechanical ventilation within 48 hours after randomization or participants with a recent history of mechanical ventilation or participants with conditions that could limit gastrointestinal absorption of capsule contents


  • University of California Davis Health ( Site 1809)
    Sacramento California 95817 United States
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ( Site 1822)
    Los Angeles California 90048 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Phase 2/3
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