Jimmy Patronis blasts ‘heartless’ FDA decision to stop monoclonal therapy

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'This was a unilateral decision by the FDA.'

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer is calling the decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to withdraw authorization for monoclonal antibody treatments “heartless” and questioning its logic.

“Without warning, the (Joe) Biden administration yanked these lifesaving treatments from Florida. This is heartless. They’re so vaccine and mask obsessed. But people are still getting COVID,” said CFO Jimmy Patronis. “I just don’t understand. Why fight the early treatments now?”

Presented with the FDA position that monoclonal treatments are highly unlikely to be effective against the omicron variant, Patronis stood his ground, saying this was yet another political gambit from the Biden White House.

“This was a unilateral decision by the FDA. To me, they’re not being transparent. But this is nothing new from this administration. Playing games with Florida. One thing I’ve learned over the last year is that political science wins over real science all the time,” Patronis asserted.

Patronis made the comments on Fox and Friends First.

The CFO’s comments echo high dudgeon from DeSantis, who has communicated outrage since Monday night about the decision to halt use of monoclonal antibody treatments, which have been key to the state’s COVID-19 treatment and messaging strategies for months.

The Governor rejected the premise that the treatments don’t work against omicron, saying Florida proved differently and that patients had the right to “try” the treatment despite changing federal guidance.

“We have had people use it, and we have had good results. It’s not 100%, we understand that. But you also don’t know when someone goes in whether it’s omicron or delta. Yes, mostly in Florida it’s going to be omicron at this point,” DeSantis conceded. “But it’s really a reckless decision.”

“Even if with omicron it’s half as effective, or even 25% as effective, that’s better than nothing for people,” the Governor added.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday addressed the latest flap with Florida directly.

“Let’s just take a step back here just to realize how crazy this is,” Psaki said during a press briefing. “These treatments, the ones that they are fighting over, that the Governor’s fighting over, do not work against omicron and they have side effects. That is what the scientists are saying.

“We have sent (Florida) 71,000 doses of treatments that are effective against omicron, and also effective against delta. And they are still advocating for treatments that don’t work. We have seen, unfortunately from the beginning, unfortunately from the mouths of elected officials, people advocating for things that don’t work,” Psaki added.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


6 comments

  • Tom P.

    January 26, 2022 at 9:23 am

    And just like that, all prior variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been eradicated. We no longer need a plan to treat those variants.

    • Frankie M.

      January 26, 2022 at 12:03 pm

      Expensive and ineffective…great combo! Maybe Ronnie can start telling people his vax status now or would that offend his base?

  • tom palmer

    January 26, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Typical for lapdog Patronis. What part of it doesn’t work don’t they get?

    • Antonio

      January 26, 2022 at 10:57 am

      The people who have been helped by the MA’s disagree with you, Tom.

  • Frankie M.

    January 26, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    I’m waiting for Ronnie to start pushing horse tranquilizers. Now that’s the good stuff!

  • Mara Balla

    February 4, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    The information that MA’s don’t work against Omicron are false or partly false. I had “Flu-rona” – corona (omicron variant) and another flu virus according to my test. I….was….sick. Days with severe headaches and throat that felt like I had swallowed magma. The day I got MA treatment….I was as weak as a baby and felt like I would never be well again. The night after treatment- I ate 3 McDonald’s cheeseburgers (don’t ask) and then cooked real food for my family. It was THAT quick. It does work!!!!! I feel very lucky it was available when I got sick. Now, my daughter is on day 5 with her dose of omicron….she just started a new job and looks like she will just have to take the unnecessarily long suffering road to wellness. So the reason I can’t give my sick girl this amazing treatment is because of childish political tantrums and revenge. Ironic since she voted for that putz. Smh. In the end- Biden et all better pray my daughter gets well. Hell hath no fury and all that.

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