May 22, 2022 4:47 am

They revoked the use of two treatments against Covid in the US.

WASHINGTON (AP).- La Food and Drug Administration (FDA for its initials in English) reported that revoked authorization for him emergency use of the medicines Regeneron Y Eli Lilly, that were purchased by the federal government and administered to millions of Americans with Covid-19.

The move was expected, as both pharmaceutical companies had said that the aforementioned drugs are less capable of combating omicron due to their mutations.

The FDA noted that the ómicron is 1,000 times less vulnerable to Regeneron’s drug Y about 3,000 times less vulnerable to Lilly’s drug.

If the drugs prove effective in combating new variants, the agency said it could reauthorize their use.

Either way, the federal move could draw criticism from some Republican governors who have continued to promote the drugs despite advice from health experts.

The FDA noted in its decision that omicron is responsible for more than 99% of infections in the United States, making it “highly unlikely” that the antibodies in these drugs will help people seeking treatment now.

The agency also argued that restricting its use would also eliminate the drug’s unnecessary side effects, including allergic reactions.

The US government temporarily suspended distribution of both drugs in late December, as omicron spread across the country to become the dominant variant.

However, authorities resumed distribution after complaints from Republican governors, including Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who said the drugs were still helping some omicron-infected patients.

The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis warned Tuesday that he will fight the decision of the federal health authorities to block two coronavirus antibody treatments, after the drugs were found to be ineffective against the widespread omicron variant.

Those drugs, which were purchased by the federal government and given to millions of citizens, have become the mainstay of DeSantis’ anti-virus policy, who at the same time has opposed vaccine mandates and other health safety measures.

The governor did not elaborate on how he intends to combat the plans of the FDA, which has sole authority over drug regulation nationwide.

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