Genen­tech's tocilizum­ab short­age due to Covid-19 now hits CAR-T re­cip­i­ents, with FDA of­fer­ing al­ter­na­tives to help

Soon af­ter San Fran­cis­co-based Genen­tech won an EUA for tocilizum­ab as a treat­ment for hos­pi­tal­ized Covid pa­tients last sum­mer, the com­pa­ny an­nounced a short­age of the drug while point­ing to the emer­gence of the Delta vari­ant and the slow­ing of vac­ci­na­tion rates across the US.

“This new wave of the pan­dem­ic has led to Genen­tech ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an un­prece­dent­ed de­mand for Actem­ra IV– well-over 400% of pre-COVID lev­els over the last two weeks alone and it con­tin­ues to in­crease,” the com­pa­ny said in Au­gust.

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