In an effort to protect the most vulnerable from COVID, Governor Ron DeSantis announced over a month ago that he would make available monoclonal antibody treatments to seniors and those most vulnerable around the state. He opened multiple monoclonal antibody treatment sites around the state within two hours drive of everyone.
Now he’s being forced to close those sites because the FDA has suddenly revoked the emergency use of these monoclonal antibody treatments, claiming it doesn’t work for Omicron:
As a result of the @US_FDA's abrupt decision to remove the EUAs for two monoclonal antibodies, monoclonal antibody treatment sites will be closed until further notice. Full press release is below. pic.twitter.com/RGeWTPwxCs
— Florida Dept. of Health (@HealthyFla) January 25, 2022
The Florida Health Department writes “Florida disagrees with the decision that blocks access to any available treatments in the absence of clinical evidence. To date, such evidence has not been provided by the US Food and Drug Administration.”
DeSantis tweeted this morning that the Biden administration made this decision “without a shred of evidence”:
Without a shred of clinical data to support its decision, the Biden Administration has revoked the emergency use authorization for lifesaving monoclonal antibody treatments.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 25, 2022
He linked to a press release where he’s demanding Biden’s FDA reverse course on issuing this “royal decree”, saying people will die because of this decision:
Governor Ron DeSantis is demanding the Biden Administration reverse its sudden and reckless decision to revoke emergency use authorization (EUA) for Regeneron and Eli Lilly monoclonal antibody treatments. This abrupt and unilateral action by the Biden Administration will prevent access to lifesaving treatments for Floridians and Americans.
“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,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “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.”
“Rather than giving Americans the option for various COVID treatments, the FDA and the Biden Administration issued their royal decree, taking away the very thing that is proven to reduce hospitalizations and save lives,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “Monoclonal antibody treatments like Regeneron have had a positive impact for thousands of Floridians. For the CDC and FDA, which have been consistently inconsistent throughout the entire pandemic, to restrict treatment does nothing but put individuals at risk.”
“In our field of medicine, when someone comes to you seeking a treatment that could save their life, it is essential to have treatment options to ensure health care providers can make the best decisions for their patients,” said Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo. “The Federal Government has failed to adequately provide the United States with adequate outpatient treatment options for COVID-19. Now, they are scrambling to cover up a failure to deliver on a promise to ‘shut down the virus.’”
As a result of this abrupt and clinically unsupported action, the appointments for more than 2,000 Floridians to receive this treatment were canceled on January 25, 2022, alone. This decision was made solely by Biden’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) without advance warning to states or health providers and without clinical data to support the decision. The deliberate decision by the Biden Administration to make this announcement effective immediately, through a press release, actively prevents states and health care providers from making real-time operational decisions that save lives.
Over the course of the past two years, scientists and researchers across the nation have worked hard to bring us treatments that are both safe and effective. One of these treatments has been monoclonal antibodies. This treatment has saved thousands of lives in Florida and across our nation.
You wouldn’t think the FDA would shut down treatments that might save people’s lives. But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this. We all saw much of the medical establishment disavow use of HCQ and Ivermectin for COVID treatment early in the pandemic and now we’re back to the same place once again. It almost feels like this is another political decision instead of one based on science.
In face, Florida’s Surgeon General demands that the FDA provide the data to back up this decision, because he’s just not seeing it:
EXCLUSIVE: Florida Surgeon General balks at FDA's decision to limit use of Regeneron and Eli Lilly monoclonals because they're ineffective against Omicron.
Says he wants more clinical data to back up decision.
Here's a portion of our interview. More to come. pic.twitter.com/qUmC1bEchJ
— Jay O'Brien (@jayobtv) January 25, 2022