In a shocking political decision, the Federal Government, through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked the use of some of the monoclonal antibody treatments seemly that have helped so many. The FDA announced on Monday that it is no longer permitting the use of the treatment known as Regeneron.
In the surprise announcement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rescinded emergency-use authorizations for two particular treatments for COVID-19 including the widely used Regeneron. This change in policy forced the Florida Department of Health to announce that it is closing all monoclonal antibody treatment sites in the state.
Florida has been a leader in providing these treatments for residents free of charge, this has been going on for months and the results seem to be very positive. However, there had been a dispute with the federal government over the supply of the drugs when the feds nationalized the supply and began cutting the supply to Florida and redirecting supplies to Blue states. As a result, the state found an independent supplier and continued the program without any effect on the supply the federal government had nationalized.
The FDA said that the “data show these treatments are highly unlikely to be active against the omicron variant,” and because omicron is believed to account for more than 99% of current COVID-19 cases, the treatments are no longer authorized. It explained that this was meant to prevent side effects from treatments they do not believe will work.
Florida Deputy Secretary for Health Kenneth A. Scheppke went on the record saying that the state disagrees with the FDA’s decision, particularly regarding Regeneron, noting that it has not been supported by any clinical evidence provided by the FDA.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted the Biden administration for the decision.
“Without a shred of clinical data to support this action, Biden has forced trained medical professionals to choose between treating their patients or breaking the law,” DeSantis said in a statement. “This indefensible edict takes treatment out of the hands of medical professionals and will cost some Americans their lives. There are real-world implications to Biden’s medical authoritarianism – Americans’ access to treatments is now subject to the whims of a failing president.”
HHS pushed back, with a spokesperson claiming that DeSantis is “more interested in promoting medicines that don’t work than urging people to take vaccines that are effective” In response, DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw slammed HHS for mischaracterizing the situation.
“Why doesn’t the HHS spokesperson understand that the majority of patients seeking monoclonal antibody treatment, like the majority of Floridians, ARE vaccinated?” she tweeted.
The fact that the vaccines do not seem to work against the Omicron variant. Considering that fact, is it not ridiculous that the agency that is supposed to protect us, is restricting a treatment that has been very successful, yet insisting on the political position to force people into vaccinations regardless of their effectiveness?
Then Feds replied; “In the future, if patients in certain geographic regions are likely to be infected or exposed to a variant that is susceptible to these treatments, then use of these treatments may be authorized in these regions,” the FDA said. This said the FDA will decide who gets the drug not the state or medical professional.
Several people in Mesquite and the surrounding area have received the anti-body treatment and had very good results. This whole issue is political not based on medical science. The bottom line is that people are not important, only control is.