Detroit Evening Report: April 11, 2022: Report: Michigan doctors have not been prescribing COVID-19 treatments as expected

A doctor holds a vial of monoclonal antibodies a treatment for the covid-19 coronavirus


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Michigan doctors have not been prescribing COVID-19 treatments as expected. The Detroit Free Press reports the state has thousands of courses of antiviral pills and monoclonal antibody therapies waiting to be used. These include preventive treatments for vulnerable populations and treatments proven to reduce the risk of hospitalization after infection. Authorities told the Free Press some doctors were hesitant to prescribe medications they knew little about and demand has decreased recently as infection numbers have fallen. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, is warning the U.S. may see a new surge in COVID-19 cases as subvariant B-A-2 spreads. Some countries in Europe and Asia have seen new surges in recent weeks.

Other headlines for April 11, 2022:

  • Protesters march in Grand Rapids to demand police release video of fatal shooting
  • Michigan Democratic Party says John James used money left over from last campaign as “personal slush fund”
  • Detroit Police and Wayne County Sheriff’s Departments to send used bulletproof vests to soldiers in Ukraine
  • Average gas price in the state has fallen below $4 a gallon for the first time in several weeks

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.