Kathryn Dzintars, Pharm.D., BCPS



Baricitinib is indicated for treating COVID-19 in hospitalized patients requiring supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or ECMO.

Patient Selection

  • Evaluate baseline eGFR, liver enzymes, and complete blood count to determine treatment suitability. Monitor patients with abnormal baseline values closely.
  • Baricitinib is not recommended for:
    • Patients with ESRD or those receiving dialysis
    • Patients with known active tuberculosis
  • Limited information is available on using baricitinib in combination with systemic corticosteroids for managing patients with COVID-19.

Baricitinib is FDA-approved in adult patients for managing moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate response to one or more tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-antagonist therapies. The rest of the drug summary will include no additional information related to this treatment indication.

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Last updated: May 6, 2023