Florida Acquires Monoclonal Antibodies From GlaxoSmithKline After Biden Administration’s Rationing

The state of Florida has obtained thousands of monoclonal antibody treatments from a British company after the Biden administration’s abrupt rationing of federally acquired doses.

Florida went to GlaxoSmithKline, which produces monoclonals that have not yet been bought up by the federal government. It reached an agreement on 3,000 doses, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday.

“That’s showing that we’re going to leave no stone unturned. And, if there’s somebody that needs a monoclonal antibody treatment, we’re going to work hard to get it to them,” the Republican told a press conference in Tampa.

The Biden administration seized control of monoclonals this month, due to what some officials have described as a national shortage. The federal government has bought millions of doses from Eli Lilly and Regeneron. The only other monoclonal authorized for use in the United States is produced from GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK.

GSK, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, previously told The Epoch Times that its treatment cost $2,100 per dose, roughly the same as its competitors were charging the government.

Drug regulators in May authorized GSK’s treatment, sotrovimab, for mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in patients 12 and older and weighing at least 88 pounds.

Regulators and state officials say the drug and others like it help keep people out of hospitals.

DeSantis estimated thousands of Floridians have been able to avoid going to the hospital after getting COVID-19 or being exposed to a positive case because of the treatments.

But, like other states across the country, Florida is struggling with a looming shortage because of the Biden administration’s sudden rationing.

Florida announced last week it was in touch with GSK. Health officials in other states told The Epoch Times they’re not exploring buying their own treatments, with some suggesting cost was a factor.

Earlier this month, sites in Florida were getting over 30,000 doses. That doesn’t include hospitals. All sites could order directly however much they needed, and the federal government provides the doses for free.

This week, Florida is scheduled to receive less than 18,000, state officials say.

“I would hate to see somebody who really could benefit from this treatment, not be able to have access to it. When we know that the track record has been very, very positive,” DeSantis said.

He hosted Floridians who credit monoclonal treatments with their recovery.

Betsy Palmer Bigler, a former teacher in Pascoe County, got Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment, as did her husband and her father after her husband tested positive for COVID-19.

“I certainly feel that it saved probably one or all three of our lives,” she said.

From The Epoch Times