With remdesivir scarcities, doctors advised to ‘randomly allocate’ drug to patients
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After a federal shipment of anti-viral drug remdesivir was distributed this week, doctors with an insufficient supply have realized tough decisions need to be made when treating coronavirus patients in need of the medication.
In California, for instance, the state department of public health received the shipment of medicine enough to treat up to 200 patients. As of Thursday, the state reported 3,261 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, with more than 1,000 in critical care.
CDPH released a remdesivir distribution list on Tuesday. Los Angeles County, for example, will receive enough remdesivir to treat approximately 75 patients. County officials on Thursday announced 1,742 patients are currently hospitalized.