Was it necessary, yes or no, to urgently give a temporary authorization for use (ATU) to Eli Lilly's bamlanivimab in view of the existing data on this experimental treatment against Covid?
The debate did not fail to bloom after the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced last week the purchase of "
tens of thousands of doses
" from the American pharmaceutical group and the opening of this treatment to the most age 80 and immunocompromised people, the most vulnerable to the virus.
The purchase price was not disclosed, but it would be a priori between 1000 and 2000 euros per dose, which also fuels the suspicions, more or less founded, of conflicts of interest.
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In the absence of viral decay, I do not see what to expect from it.
It's like building a house on sand!
Mathieu Molimard, head of department at Bordeaux University Hospital
What about the effectiveness of this treatment, which must be administered intravenously in the hospital?
So far, only two studies have been published, one in the
New England Journal of Medicine
and the other in
They were published online on October 28 and January 21, respectively, but bear
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