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Source: United States House of Representatives – Alaska Congressman Don Young

Congressman Don Young Applauds Expedited FDA Approval of Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19

Washington, April 30, 2020 Washington, D.C.  Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young expressed optimism following New York Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to announce emergency use authorization for Gilead Science’s Remdesivir for use in COVID-19 patients. This week, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci announced that patients who received Remdesivir had a 31 percent faster recovery compared to those who received a placebo. In March, Congressman Don Young led a bipartisan group of over 40 House colleagues on a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging that any drugs receiving expedited FDA approval – such as Remdesivir – are made available to rural and urban hospitals alike. “I am very pleased to see that the FDA will take swift action to approve the use of Remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients following encouraging scientific trials,” said Congressman Don Young. “The COVID-19 pandemic is uncharted territory for our nation, and time is of the essence to find effective treatments for this virus that is devastating families across the country. Far too often, federal red tape and bureaucracy can stifle innovation and unnecessarily delay the developments of medical breakthroughs. I applaud the FDA for taking the potential of Remdesivir seriously as patients are currently fighting COVID-19. This new drug gives Americans some much-needed hope, but far too often in our medical supply chain, our rural hospitals take a back seat to larger health care systems in the Lower 48. Last month, I led my colleagues on a letter to Vice President Pence calling on the creation of a task force that, in-part, would ensure our rural hospitals receive ample supplies of drugs receiving expedited FDA approval, such as Remdesivir. Alaska’s rural hospitals deserve the same access to new medical breakthroughs, and I will continue working with colleagues to ensure they have the resources necessary to keep Alaskans healthy.” Click here to read Congressman Young’s March letter to Vice President Mike Pence. ### MIL OSI USA News