"We're going to be able to make that drug available nearly immediately, and that's where the FDA has been so great", Trump told reporters, referring to both compounds.
The FDA has allowed Remdesivir to be used in clinical trials to test its effectiveness against COVID-19 under a compassionate use rule, which basically says doctors can use new or unapproved drugs in cases where there are no other treatment options. It's been around for a long time so we know that if things don't go as planned, it's not going to kill anybody'. That's where the FDA has been so great.
That may mean prescriptions of the drug will only be approved for use in the most severely ill patients, although Hahn did not specify the criteria for prescribing hydroxoychloroquine to coronavirus patients.
"Very powerful, they're very powerful", he said.
Almost 50 governors from across the US joined the conference to discuss difficulties they are faced with in their states before calling for federal assistance and more medical supplies.
Hahn has written more than 220 research articles and has experience in clinical trials and medical product development spanning drugs, biologics, medical devices and diagnostics, according to the website.
Hahn has said he's interested in expediting the product-approval process.
When it was released half-a-century ago, the malaria drug was hailed for having milder side effects than its predecessor. They instead praised the private sector for ramping up manufacturing of necessary supplies. But - but I want to assure you that we're working as quickly as we can.
On Feb. 25, the National Institutes of Health announced that it had begun a clinical trial "to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the investigational antiviral remdesivir in hospitalized adults diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)" at the University of Nebraska.
"It was previously tested in humans with Ebola virus disease and has shown promise in animal models for treating Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which are caused by other coronaviruses", NIH said.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said his state had been outbid by federal authorities for medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus pandemic during a Thursday conference call with President Donald Trump. "But I've got to tell you that on three big orders we lost to the feds". "If you know by June that it's effective, then you just scale up and manufacture it, and you're good to go".