In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Florida’s surgeon normal Joseph Ladapo accused the Biden administration of “actively preventing” the distribution of a life-saving Covid-19 therapy.
Ladapo detailed how Florida was forward of the curve in utilizing monoclonal antibodies, explaining that by mid-September, practically 100,000 sufferers obtained this life-saving therapy.
“Shortly after Florida’s 100,000 treatment milestone, and without any advanced notice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a dramatic reduction in the number of monoclonal antibodies to be allocated to the State of Florida,” Ladapo mentioned. “Governor DeSantis moved quickly to acquire Sotrovimab from GlaxoSmithKline to help alleviate the artificial shortage caused by this sudden shift from HHS. However, the lack of allocation of this life-saving treatment from the federal government continues to cause another immediate and life-threatening shortage of treatment options” amid the unfold of Omicron.
Ladapo acknowledged the proof that some therapy choices is probably not as efficient for Omicron as Delta, however nonetheless argued that federal companies shouldn’t restrict any therapy choices, as suppliers are nonetheless caring for Covid-19 sufferers in areas with a low prevalence of the brand new variant.
“The federal government is actively preventing the effective distribution of monoclonal antibody treatments in the U.S. The sudden suspension of multiple monoclonal antibody therapy treatments from distribution to Florida removes a health care provider’s ability to decide the best treatment options for their patients in this state,” he mentioned. “This shortsightedness is especially evident given that the federal government effectively prohibited states from purchasing these monoclonal antibodies and serving their populations directly.”
Ladapo concluded by reminding Becerra that President Biden just lately acknowledged “there is no federal solution” to the pandemic, however that it “gets solved at the state level.” He requested the federal authorities not hinder Florida’s means to supply therapy choices.
NEW: Florida Surgeon General says Biden Admin is “actively preventing” distribution of monoclonal antibodies by pausing shipments of Regeneron, in letter to HHS Sec.
Feds paused Regeneron bc it might not work towards Omicron. FL says it might nonetheless be utilized in current Delta circumstances. pic.twitter.com/9mmw5SsuZJ
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