Hospitals may limit access to Eli Lilly COVID-19 treatment

November 17, 2020 

American hospitals may have to ration Eli Lilly & Co.’s new COVID-19 treatment as the rapid spread of the virus strains their limited supplies, according to a new report.

Hospitals and medical groups are considering giving the antibody drug — which was cleared for emergency use last week — only to people with multiple coronavirus risk factors or those whose immune systems haven’t started to fight off the virus, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The Trump administration has purchased 300,000 doses of the treatment, but experts say that may only cover a week’s worth of new infections given that the Food and Drug Administration has deemed the drug appropriate for a broad swath of COVID patients, including people older than 65 and those with underlying conditions such as diabetes, according to the news service.

“There may need to be some sort of composite score” to determine who gets the drug, Dr. Howard Huang, a lung specialist at Houston Methodist Hospital, told Reuters. “Maybe we would use it for someone who has cardiovascular disease, and a history of stroke and is older?”

The FDA has said Lilly’s treatment should not be used in hospitalized COVID-19 patients as it’s meant to keep high-risk individuals out of the hospital. But Dr. Neha Nanda of the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine told Reuters that “more conservative criteria” are needed.

“One group you could exclude is someone who has an antibody test that is positive,” she told the news agency. “I think we may need to do that.”

Experts are discussing how to handle the drug’s rollout amid a record-setting surge in coronavirus cases. The US surpassed 11 million infections on Sunday, just about a week after hitting the 10 million mark.

New York-based pharmaceutical firm Regeneron is also seeking an emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 antibody drug, which President Trump received during his battle with the virus last month.

With Post wires

Latest News

November 26, 2020
Dem leaders condemn Trump's pardon of Michael Flynn: 'Abuse of power'

Democratic leaders lambasted President Trump for pardoning his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, condemning the move as a "brazen" abuse of power. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that Trump's act was one of "grave corruption" and said that Flynn "must be held accountable" for a "serious and dangerous breach of our […]

Read More
November 26, 2020
Calabasas suspect nabbed after 2 women shot in domestic violence incident in LA-area gated community

A suspect who allegedly fled after shooting two women in a domestic violence incident in an upscale gated community in Los Angeles County was located and taken into custody late Wednesday following an hourslong search.  LA COUNTY'S 'ALARMING' COVID-19 SURGE LEADS TO HALT IN DINE-IN SERVICES  Deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Lost Hills Station […]

Read More
November 26, 2020
Four more teens charged over beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty

Four more teenagers have been charged in the beheading of French history teacher Samuel Paty — including three students who allegedly pointed out the educator to his killer, a report said Thursday. Those three teens, who are ages 13 and 14, are facing charges of “complicity in a terrorist murder” tied to the Oct. 16 murder […]

Read More
November 26, 2020
Colorado cop arrested for allegedly posting nude photos of ex-girlfriend online

A Colorado police officer allegedly posted nude photos of his “hot” ex-girlfriend online without her knowledge, court documents show. Jacob Carley, a 41-year-old cop in Manitou Springs, was arrested Tuesday after publishing the revealing photos that were meant “only for him” on his Tumblr account, according to an arrest affidavit cited by the Colorado Springs […]

Read More
November 26, 2020
Justice Barrett gave Supreme Court edge to block Cuomo’s cap on religious gatherings

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Trump, played a critical role in shifting the high court’s temporary ruling against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order to restrict gatherings at churches and synagogues during the coronavirus pandemic. The vote by Barrett, who was confirmed in October, sided with conservative justices on […]

Read More
November 26, 2020
Families Have Been Torn Apart by Politics. What Happens to Them Now?

Tho Nguyen’s parents, who immigrated from Vietnam, were always Republican. They are Catholic and oppose abortion. Four years ago they voted for Donald Trump. But nothing prepared Ms. Nguyen, 25, a medical student in Kansas, for how much politics would divide her family over the next four years, as her parents became increasingly passionate about […]

Read More
crossmenuchevron-down