Ron DeSantis Threatens To Sue Joe Biden For Depriving Floridians Of Ineffective Medicine

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took a break yesterday from getting his ass kicked in courtroom to threaten but extra pointless litigation. This time he’s going to tackle the Meals and Drug Administration for withdrawing the emergency use authorization for 2 monoclonal antibody therapies for COVID-19.

“As a result of knowledge present these therapies are extremely unlikely to be lively in opposition to the omicron variant, which is circulating at a really excessive frequency all through america, these therapies are usually not licensed to be used in any U.S. states, territories, and jurisdictions presently,” Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, Director of the Heart for Drug Analysis and Analysis stated Tuesday. “Sooner or later, if sufferers in sure geographic areas are more likely to be contaminated or uncovered to a variant that’s inclined to those therapies, then use of those therapies could also be licensed in these areas.”

In plain English, the medicine are usually not efficient in opposition to the omicron variant, and 99.9 p.c of infections within the nation at the moment are omicron.

Or as DeSantis put it:

With out a shred of medical knowledge to help this motion, Biden has compelled educated medical professionals to decide on between treating their sufferers or breaking the regulation. This indefensible edict takes remedy out of the fingers of medical professionals and can price some Individuals their lives. There are real-world implications to Biden’s medical authoritarianism – Individuals’ entry to therapies is now topic to the whims of a failing president.

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Final week DeSantis prompt and not using a shred of proof that vaccines, that are efficient in opposition to omicron, would possibly trigger infertility. However now he received’t even take Regeneron and Eli Lilly’s phrase for it that their merchandise are usually not efficient at treating the predominant variant.

In the meantime DeSantis’s controversial (learn: batshit loopy) Press Secretary Christina Pushaw is flooding the zone with nonsense, together with retweeting rightwing troll Mike Cernovich saying, “The FDA is making an attempt to make it so that individuals in Florida die of Covid. They’ll kill individuals to hurt Republicans. Metal yourselves for the evil that’s being unleashed.”

Whereas downplaying some great benefits of vaccines and refusing to say if he himself has acquired the booster, DeSantis spent the higher a part of the yr flogging antibody therapies, going as far as to open infusion facilities in stadiums, whilst he threatened to revoke funding for colleges which sought to maintain youngsters in masks to stop transmission of coronavirus.

Naturally the governor vowed to “struggle again” in opposition to the Biden administration’s ban on pumping his constituents full of pricy, ineffective medicine. Requested by a reporter on Monday if he intends to sue, DeSantis responded, “We’re going to look. We’re going to see what you are able to do.”

Harvard Regulation College, class of 2005, doin’ the Crimson proud.

DeSantis Touts Covid Remedies After FDA Says They Don’t Work [Bloomberg]

Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore the place she writes about regulation and politics.

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