July 18, 2020

Statement in Response to Florida's Congressional Delegation Bi-partisan Letter to HHS to Aid Florida’s Hospitals in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Statement on behalf of Crystal Stickle, Florida Hospital Association Interim President

Response to Florida's Congressional delegation bi-partisan letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to aid Florida's hospitals in the fight against the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic

"Last week, Florida's hospitals held a briefing with federal officials from the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlining the critical need for remdesivir, an investigational treatment shown to reduce illness severity and mortality in some patients with COVID-19.

In response, the federal government supplied more than 17,000 vials in less than 48 hours to help address crucial need as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our state. While we deeply appreciate the work of our federal partners, this initial shipment did not meet the incredible need we have for this live-saving drug. Florida's hospitals are currently caring for approximately 10,000 COVID-19 patients, and more than 20 percent of those require intensive care.

Given the continued shortage, Florida's Congressional delegation has requested that Secretary Azar expedite the delivery of needed remdesivir and to implement a process of distribution that avoids any future backlogs.

On behalf of our patients and communities, we are grateful for Congressman Crist's original letter on this issue. Florida's hospitals also deeply appreciate the efforts of Senator Rubio and Congresswoman Shalala as well as our entire Congressional delegation, who are united in their support of our hospitals in their work to save lives and reduce suffering."  

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