After shipments of the coronavirus drug remdesivir went out to states this week, California suggested that its hospitals can use a “lottery system” to determine who gets the treatment if the drug becomes scarce.
California’s Department of Public Health issued a guidance on Tuesday on how to allocate remdesivir for COVID-19 patients.
The federal government sent CDPH enough of the drug for 100 to 200 patients but California has more than 3,000 people hospitalized for COVID-19, CNN reported.
CDPH recommended that a “prioritization” committee be created and comprised of representatives from “pharmacy, hospital medicine, critical care, nursing, administration, and if available, infectious disease and ethics.”
If enough of the drug isn’t available to treat eligible patients, hospitals can use “a lottery system to select a certain proportion of patients who become eligible for the drug,” CDPH wrote.
Remdesivir was given emergency FDA approval on May 1 to treat severe COVID-19