New Hampshire hospitals get shipment of Remdesivir

LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) New Hampshire hospitals have a new tool to use in the fight against COVID-19.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is one of 13 hospitals in the Granite State to get a shipment of Remdesivir. The FDA is allowing the antiviral drug to be used in certain circumstances to shorten the illness from the virus. This week, New Hampshire received a new shipment of 400 vials that were immediately sent out to the frontline workers.

"All of them have received the emergency use authorization to go along with that medication and have agreed to use the medication along the lines of the emergency use authorization that typically have a lot more paperwork and guideline to use it," New Hampshire DHHS Commissioner Lori Shibinette said.

Vermont hospitals this week also got shipments of the drug according to state health officials.