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
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
St. Lukes Hospital-Bethlehem
Main Line-Bryn Mawr Hospital
Lancaster General Hospital
Einstein Medical Center-Montgomery Hospital
Main Line-Paoli Memorial Hospital
Jefferson - Frankford Hospital
Holy Redeemer Hospital & Medical Center
St. Luke's Hospital Anderson Campus
Albert Einstein at Elkins Park
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
PSH-St. Joseph Medical Center
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
Geisinger Community Medical Center
Geisinger-Holy Spirit Hospital
Regional Hospital of Scranton
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Hazleton
St. Lukes Hospital-Allentown
Roxborough Memorial Hospital
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital