Trump’s Big Bet On COVID-19 Vaccines May Have Shortchanged Therapeutics. Should Biden Rectify The Difference?
Incoming US President may be wise to up government investment in COVID-19 therapeutics, including both research and manufacturing, experts say. Additional government funding should target a larger variety of treatment types and prioritize better study designs.
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HHS reverses course on cost sharing for the antibody and says patients will not have to pay. Operation Warp Speed will watch ‘extremely carefully’ to see if the health care system is able to adapt its practices to safely administer to the drug for COVID-19, officials say at a media briefing. FDA-authorized dose of the drug is not too low, Woodcock says.
Among hundreds of trials underway on potential therapeutics, only about 6% of study arms are expected to yield actionable data because most are nonrandomized, underpowered or underenrolled, Operation Warp Speed’s Janet Woodcock says, renewing her pitch for adoption of master protocols and other approaches to streamline studies and improve efficiency.
Sixteen US states have issued executive orders or other mandatory directives to preserve hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for non-COVID-19 patients, while 26 states have issued similar voluntary guidance. The federal government is reserving some of the strategic national stockpile supply of the drugs for non-COVID-19, as private players in the supply chain also join in the efforts to balance on-label use with COVID-related demand.