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FDA Emergency Use Approval of Convalescent Plasma Puts Lee Health Study on Hold

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently issued an Emergency Use Authorization for convalescent plasma in part based on studies like one that Lee Health has been participating in. This local trial has been part of Mayo Clinic’s national COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study.

Convalescent plasma is extracted from the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19 and then given to people with active infections. The FDA approval came as a surprise to many doctors and researchers, including Dr. Doug Brust, he is an infectious disease doctor with Lee Health who has been leading the local plasma trial. He says that he does think the FDA approval had been politicized, but he also says that does not mean convalescent plasma doesn’t provide a benefit to patients. And that this approval means the use of convalescent plasma is now on hold.

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Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week.  Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.