HHS Allocates Lilly Therapeutic to Treat Patients with Mild to Moderate COVID-19
HHS announced plans to allocate initial doses of Eli Lilly’s investigational monoclonal antibody therapeutic (bamlanivimab) which received an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA on November 9 for the treatment of non-hospitalized patients with mild or moderate confirmed cases of COVID-19. Beginning immediately, HHS will allocate weekly shipments to state and territorial health departments with distributions based proportionally on confirmed COVID-19 cases in each state and territory over the previous seven days. State and territorial health departments will, in turn, determine which healthcare facilities receive the infusion drug. The treatment doses will be available to patients at no cost; healthcare facilities may charge for administering the medicine.
HHS also posted a dashboard that will be updated each week detailing the bamlanivimab shipments to states, territories, and jurisdictions. This dashboard will be available until the FDA issues a revised EUA indicating the U.S. government involvement in the allocation and distribution process is no longer needed.