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Pa. Department of Health distributes 4th shipment of remdesivir to help treat coronavirus patients

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health distributed the fourth shipment of the investigational antiviral medication remdesivir to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19 on Wednesday.

About 4,400 doses of medication were sent to 73 hospitals. The federal government distributed the shipment to the department on Wednesday, June 3, and this entire allotment has been shipped to Pennsylvania hospitals.

“The department is working to give our hospitals every opportunity to treat patients with COVID-19,” Secretary of HealthRachel Levine said. “It is important to note that there is limited information on the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to treat people in the hospital with COVID-19. However, it was shown in a clinical trial to shorten the recovery time in some people, which is why the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of the medication for treatment.”

The Department of Health first distributed 1,200 doses of the medication to 51 hospitals across Pennsylvania on May 12. A second round of 7,938 doses was sent to 79 hospitals on May 15 and May 18, and a third round was distributed to 81 hospitals on May 22. The hospitals that have received these shipments were determined based on the number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital over a recent seven-day period, and the severity of the illness of those patients based on whether they are on a ventilator. The department will continue to work with its federal partners to acquire more doses of this medication to serve more patients across Pennsylvania.

Remdesivir is given to a patient through an IV once per day for up to 10 days, depending on how critically ill the patient is. According to the FDA, remdesivir may help decrease the amount of coronavirus in the body, which may lead to a faster recovery.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, chills, repeating shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

Here are the hospital receiving the most recent shipments.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital

Temple University Hospital

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest

Presbyterian Med Center-Univ of Pa Hlth Sys

Lancaster General Hospital

Albert Einstein Medical Center

Main Line-Lankenau Hospital

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Tower Health System-Reading Hospital

Jefferson — Torresdale Hospital

Chambersburg Hospital

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

St. Mary Medical Center

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg

St. Lukes Hospital-Bethlehem

Pennsylvania Hospital

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital

Lehigh Valley-Muhlenberg

Chestnut Hill Hospital

Main Line-Bryn Mawr Hospital

Chester County Hospital

Methodist Hospital

Einstein Medical Center-Montgomery Hospital

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

Riddle Memorial Hospital

UPMC-Presbyterian

Milton S Hershey Medical Center

Suburban Community Hospital-Norristown

Geisinger Community Medical Center

York Hospital

Jefferson — Frankford Hospital

Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Phoenixville Hospital

Taylor Hospital

Albert Einstein at Elkins Park

Nazareth Hospital

Jeanes Hospital

Geisinger Medical Center

Doylestown Hospital

UPMC-Shadyside

Geisinger-Holy Spirit Hospital

Holy Redeemer Hospital & Medical Center

Lansdale Hospital

Main Line-Paoli Memorial Hospital

PSH-St. Joseph Medical Center

UPMC-Altoona

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

St. Luke's Hospital Anderson Campus

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

Delaware County Memorial Hospital

Jennersville Hospital West Grove

Jefferson Bucks County Campus

UPMC-Mercy

Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital

Brandywine Hospital Coatesville

UPMC Hamot

Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Regional Hospital of Scranton

Pottstown Memorial Medical Center

Lower Bucks Hospital

Mount Nittany Medical Center

Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital

UPMC-Passavant-McCandless

Wellspan Ephrata Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital

LVHN-Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian

St. Luke's — Monroe Campus

UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle

St. Christophers Hospital for Children

UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Hospital

Lehigh Valley Hospital — Hazleton

UPMC-St Margaret