Estimates of what this treatment would have cost any of the 250,000 Americans who died after contracting the virus, in our current system, range from well over $ 100,000 to about $ 650,000. Whether or not this combination of drugs saved Carson’s life has not been fully established. Carson was able to get the treatment before the FDA approved it on Saturday – a day after Carson’s Facebook post.
The drug, according to the Washington Post, manufactured by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is the second monoclonal antibody therapy approved for the treatment of COVID-19. It mimics an immune response of the patient’s body. In cases where the patient’s body is not producing an adequate immune response, this medication may help alleviate the severity of the condition.
Research has shown that what works for some people doesn’t work for others. However, the very real public health problem is that our country cannot provide even a few hundred people with these treatments every day, let alone thousands every day. Part of that is our country’s medical infrastructure and the cost of producing the drug.
Unlike traditional pills, these drugs are synthesized by living organisms in specialized reactors at a biological rate that cannot be accelerated. A global battle for the capacity to manufacture the drugs is ongoing. Companies enter into agreements with competitors to improve their production capacities.
The Trump administration has bought 300,000 cans so far “with the option to buy hundreds of thousands more. “At a dose between $ 1,250 and $ 1,500, that’s around half a billion. Currently, the US is making an average of more than 171,000 new cases every day. Without public health interventions, that number will grow exponentially. And while Ben Carson mentions the need for people to “stop playing politics” there is literally only one group of people who play the dangerous political games that resulted in more than a quarter of a million Americans killed.