Additional COVID-19 meds secured


BATON ROUGE, LA - At a press conference today with Governor John Bel Edwards in Baton Rouge, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced he and his team at the Louisiana Department of Justice have secured additional medications for use by Louisiana patients during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Attorney General Landry announced that Teva Pharmaceuticals is making available 8,000 packs of azithromycin and 75,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine sulfate. This in addition to the 400,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine directly donated by Amneal Pharmaceuticals last week.

To treat patients infected with COVID-19, many medical professionals have coupled the use of hydroxychloroquine with the antibiotic azithromycin. As this medication combination has continued to show some promising results around the world, the supply of azithromycin (also known by brand name Zithromax) has begun shrinking. As a result, the ability of Louisiana patients to benefit from this possible treatment was jeopardized. This shortage highlights the importance of today’s announcement.

Because Teva is a named plaintiff in ongoing opioid litigation by the Attorney General’s Louisiana Department of Justice, not only did the Attorney General seek the consent and counsel of the Governor; but he also asked for his further assistance in helping secure the additional medication.

“I want to thank the Governor for his assistance on this issue,” said Attorney General Landry.

Richard Vath, M.D., President & CEO, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System said, “We are pleased to learn of this newest pharmaceutical support aiding Louisiana’s response to this unprecedented pandemic. On behalf of everyone caring for our patients with COVID-19, we are deeply appreciative.”

Last week, Attorney General Landry announced the donation of 400,000 tablets of hydroxychloroquine from Amneal Pharmaceuticals.

Moday, the Attorney General announced that this medication, through the hard work of pharmaceutical distributor Morris & Dickson of Shreveport, has already been delivered to nearly 100 locations around the State. That includes all major metropolitan areas: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport. Large cities and smaller towns and communities, including those down the Bayou, have received this medication now.