U.S. Distribution of Covid-19 Drug Remdesivir Improved But Still Wasn’t Enough - (The Wall Street Journal via NewsPoints Desk)

  • According to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal, the US government sent nearly 500,000 doses of Gilead Sciences' COVID-19 drug remdesivir to states over three weeks last month, but the supplies were not enough to treat the tens of thousands of hospitalised patients.

  • Supplies of the drug rose across states over those weeks, to enough to treat between 40,000 and 74,000 patients, according to Health and Human Services (HHS) Department data.

  • However, hospitalized patients outnumbered remdesivir treatment courses distributed to states by a ratio of more than 2 to 1 during the three-week stretch, which covers the initial period after the drug received an emergency use authorization from the FDA, according to separate data tracking hospitalizations.

  • According to the news source, some doctors treating COVID-19 patients said their hospitals got better access to the drug after early problems, but shipments were not enough to treat all patients.

  • An HHS spokeswoman said the agency does not control how much remdesivir is available, and it has distributed all of the drug that it has so far received from Gilead.

  • Meanwhile, a spokesman for the drugmaker said "our supply of remdesivir will begin to increase in July, when we will have access to raw materials ordered in January."

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