Jefferson Bucks Hospital in Langhorne is one of 21 medical facilities throughout the state to receive Remdesivir in the second wave of distribution. A third wave will be announced later Monday.
Jefferson Bucks received 54 vials of Remdesivir. It is now one of three local hospitals to get the drug, including St. Mary Medical Center and Doylestown Hospital.
But unlike the other two, Jefferson Bucks has more than enough to treat all of its current patients. Data from the PA Department of Health shows the hospital saw 15 COVID-19 patients over a seven day period. Less than an average of two patients needed ventilators during the same time period.
This second wave of 1,500 doses was sent out Friday after U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced P.A. would see another 8,000 doses.
Remdesivir is an investigational antiviral medication is being used in hospitals throughout the country to treat COVID-19.
PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine will announce the third distribution wave later today. It will include 6,390 vials for 58 hospitals throughout the commonwealth.
The first wave of 1,200 doses went out last Tuesday to 51 hospitals. Distribution amounts are based on the number of patients hospitals are treating on average during a seven day period.