Remdesivir Distribution Begins With More Questions Than Answers
Ethicists decry the government's opaque approach, highlighting the potential risks of a fast US FDA emergency authorization if supply isn't able to support demand following regulatory clearance. AmerisourceBergen is distributing the drug for the government, but within the Administration, no agency appears to want to take public responsibility for the decisions about where the doses of the COVID-19 treatment are sent.
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AmerisourceBergen will continue to serve as the sole US distributor of Veklury (remdesivir) through the end of this year and will continue to sell the the COVID-19 treatment directly to hospitals.
Gilead’s COVID treatment will be the first product tracked in a system that could eventually help allocate vaccines and other therapeutics.
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