Published on May 13, 2020

51 PA Hospitals get Coronavirus Treatment Drug Remdesivir

HARRISBURG, PA — More than 50 Pennsylvania hospitals have received the first shipment of Remdesivir doses to treat patients with COVID-19, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday. 

Remdesivir, an investigational antiviral medication, has received an "Emergency Use Authorization" from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help those hospitalized during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Pennsylvania, with nearly 58,000 cases of coronavirus, is among a handful of states to receive the medication from the federal government. Others include Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and Michigan. The medication is given via IV once per day for up to 10 days and may help decrease the amount of coronavirus in your body, enabling a shorter recovery time, officials said. 

The National Institutes of Health and manufacturer Gilead Sciences recently conducted a randomized controlled clinical trial of the investigational drug in hospitalized patients. 

Preliminary results suggested the medication enabled a faster recovery, "although the data was not sufficient to determine if the drug was associated with lower mortality," the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release. 

"We now have solid data showing that Remdesivir diminishes to a modest degree the time to recovery for people hospitalized with COVID-19," Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, said in a statement. 

The federal government delivered the first shipment of 1,200 doses of Remdesivir to Pennsylvania on Tuesday. 
 

Federal health officials said Gilead has committed to supplying more than 600,000 vials of the experimental drug over the next six weeks to treat an estimated 78,000 patients. 

The medication has been distributed to the following 51 Pennsylvania hospitals: 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 

Temple University Hospital 

Albert Einstein Medical Center 

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest 

Abington Memorial Hospital 

Jefferson - Torresdale Hospital 

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 

Main Line-Lankenau Hospital 

Presbyterian Med Center-Univ of Pa Hlth Sys 

Tower Health System-Reading Hospital 

St. Mary Medical Center 

Crozer-Chester Medical Center 

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital 

St. Lukes Hospital-Bethlehem 

Main Line-Bryn Mawr Hospital 

Lancaster General Hospital 

Chestnut Hill Hospital 

Methodist Hospital 

Riddle Memorial Hospital 

Nazareth Hospital 

Pennsylvania Hospital 

Jeanes Hospital 

Einstein Medical Center-Montgomery Hospital 

Main Line-Paoli Memorial Hospital 

Lehigh Valley-Muhlenberg 

Jefferson - Frankford Hospital 

Holy Redeemer Hospital & Medical Center 

Doylestown Hospital 

Chester County Hospital 

St. Luke's Hospital Anderson Campus 

Taylor Hospital 

Albert Einstein at Elkins Park 

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center 

Delaware County Memorial Hospital 

Geisinger Medical Center 

PSH-St. Joseph Medical Center 

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital 

UPMC-Presbyterian 

Chambersburg Hospital 

Phoenixville Hospital 

Geisinger Community Medical Center 

Geisinger-Holy Spirit Hospital 

Lansdale Hospital 

Regional Hospital of Scranton 

Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton 

York Hospital 

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg 

Sacred Heart Hospital 

St. Lukes Hospital-Allentown 

Roxborough Memorial Hospital 

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital