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Remdesivir approved to treat COVID in Infants, yet Vitamin D is 3000 X more cost effective and widely used - April 2022

FDA Rubber-Stamps Remdesivir for Infants Without Evidence of Safety, Efficacy

The Defender

  • "According to the press release, the FDA’s decision to approve the therapy, marketed under the name Veklury, is supported by a clinical study conducted on infants 4 weeks and older weighing a minimum of 6.6 pounds."
  • "The study is underway and will not be completed until February 2023. There are no published results."
  • "However, Gilead Sciences, maker of remdesivir and sponsor of the study, provided the following details in a company press release:"
    • A total of 53 hospitalized pediatric patients were enrolled in the clinical study.
    • 72% suffered adverse events.
    • 21% suffered serious adverse events determined to be unrelated to the drug.
    • Three children died from either underlying conditions or COVID-19.

Note: Gilead saw $5.6B in remdesivir sales in 2021
Assuming $3,100 per dose, Gilead sold 1.8 million doses in 2022
Well over 1 billion doses of vitamin D were sold in 2022

Remdesivir ‘Disastrous’ as COVID Treatment, But Government Pays Hospitals to Use It - May 2022

The Defender

  • "Remdesivir, which to this day is the primary COVID drug approved for use in U.S. hospitals, routinely causes severe organ damage and, often, death."
  • "Despite its horrible track record, the U.S. government actually pays hospitals a 20% upcharge for sticking to the remdesivir protocol, plus an additional bonus. Hospitals must also use remdesivir if they want liability protection."


"Safety and effectiveness ... have not been established in pediatric patients younger than 12 years of age" (package insert)

Natural Health May 2, 2022

VitaminDWiki - Children with higher Vitamin D had less severe COVID (no surprise) – April 2022
VitaminDWiki - Severe pediatric COVID 5.5 more likely if low vitamin D (review of 6 studies) -July 2021
VitaminDWiki - Vitamin D might reduce Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children – March 2021
Vitamin D is 3000 X more cost-effective, studied on 16X more patients, with virtually no side effects however, Gilead Sciences had the money to petition for the FDA approval

5,000 X ROI for Gilead Sciences ($5,000 of profit for every $1 invested)
Guessing: $1 billion in profit in 2 years for $200,000 cost (trial + FDA petition)

Probably would cost $50,000 to petition the FDA that Vitamin D can reduce COVID risk in children

Unfortunately, there are >100 Vitamin D suppliers,. so the additional total Vitamin D sales ($3 million?) would be greatly deluted
Addional sales:<$3 million $1 of vitamin D per infected child X 24 million children X 1 in 10 are infected
Guess increased profit = 20% X increased sales = $600,000
Ther might be a single manufactuer that has 5% of the market - it would get increased revenue of $30,000
This would not repay the $50,000 cost to petition the FDA

Many successful vitamin D early treatment trials for adults


Vitamin D is much better than Remdesivir for adults



VitaminDWiki - Infant-Child category has 817 studies and starts with

Having a good level of vitamin D cuts in half the amount of:

Need even more IUs of vitamin D to get a good level if;

  • Have little vitamin D: premie, twin, mother did not get much sun access
  • Get little vitamin D: dark skin, little access to sun
  • Vitamin D is consumed faster than normal due to sickness
  • Older (need at least 100 IU/kilogram, far more if obese)
  • Not get any vitamin D from formula (breast fed) or (fortified) milk
    Note – formula does not even provide 400 IU of vitamin D daily

Infants-Children need Vitamin D

VitaminDWiki pages with FDA in the title (35 as of April 2022)

This list is automatically updated

Items found: 47
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FDA drug to TREAT child Type 2 diabetes (based on 1 trial of only 50) – June 2023 10 Nov, 2023
FDA hired a person to study flu vaccine effectiveness, found problems, was fired 23 Oct, 2023
FDA declared Vitamin D as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) - Jan 2023 06 Sep, 2023
Magnesium reduces hypertension - FDA allows claim - Jan 2022 04 Sep, 2023
FDA - many studies 27 Aug, 2023
The FDA Wants to Interfere in the Practice of Medicine - WSJ Jan 12, 2023 05 Feb, 2023
New FDA head chosen because he had the fewest ties to big Pharma - Nov 2021 05 Feb, 2023
Kellogg got the FDA to allow a tiny amount more Vitamin D in cereals and bars – Dec 2022 06 Jan, 2023
FDA drug section gets 75% of its income from Big Pharma - Oct 2022 21 Oct, 2022
Merck’s antiviral – FDA OKed Dec 2021, sold pills worth 5 billion dollars, found to not reduce hospitalization – Oct 2022 08 Oct, 2022
The FDA, CDC and most other Western govt. regulators only approve patented, profitable, COVID-19 treatments - June 2022 30 Sep, 2022
FDA proposal: Healthy cereal can have 1 g of fat, 230 mg of sodium and 2.5 g of added sugars per serving - Sept 2022 28 Sep, 2022
Congress members demand FDA Investigate COVID-19 Vaccine Injuries – Sept 2022 26 Sep, 2022
FDA approved 5-11 vaccine booster (based tiny unpublished study without asking advisory panel) May 2022 17 May, 2022
FDA allows 2 specific Vitamin D and 2 Omega-3 health claims - 2019 31 Dec, 2021
Off topic: Conflicts of Interest at the FDA - NYT April 2015 07 Sep, 2021
America Desperately Needs a Much Better FDA - NYT Sept 2, 2021 07 Sep, 2021
After 57 years FDA is declaring NAC to be a drug (note: 16 trials are investigating NAC ability to fight COVID-19) – June 2021 18 Jun, 2021
The FDA should consider vitamin D as a pharmaceutical agent for COVID - Dec 21, 2020 22 Dec, 2020
New drug application to FDA for a probiotic which might treat COVID-19 – Nov 19, 2020 20 Nov, 2020
Off Topic: FDA does change after lots of money and decades of pressure (amalgum in this case) - Oct 2020 06 Oct, 2020
1,200 IU of Vitamin D now recommended if you consume 3,000 calories daily (FDA) – 2018 06 Oct, 2020
Synthetic EPA drug recommended to FDA for Cardio (Omega-3 is 8 X better) – Nov 2019 13 Jan, 2020
FDA allows the claim that Vitamin D “supports healthy pregnancies and promotes full-term births” – Oct 2019 11 Oct, 2019
Graphic warnings on cigarette packages in 118 countries, US FDA trying again – Aug 2019 15 Aug, 2019
More than half of the FDA entire budget now comes from Big Pharma, not the govt. – Sept 2018 28 Sep, 2018
Vitamin D Council vs FDA concerning vitamin D deficiency in blacks and others - June 2011 13 May, 2018
FDA petitioned to acknowledge that vitamin D cuts preterm birth rate in half – May 2018 13 May, 2018
FDA decided to double vitamin D in milk after talking 4 times with by Dr. Matthews – July 2016 03 Apr, 2018
Vitamin D does not reduce the risk of Multiple Sclerosis – FDA conclusion which ignored 5 studies – Jan 2018 16 Jan, 2018
Vitamin D does not reduce the risk of Multiple Sclerosis – FDA incorrect conclusion – Jan 2018 16 Jan, 2018
Vitamin D food labeling requirements by FDA – May 2016 07 May, 2017
FDA says all blood should be tested for Zika – at a cost of 150 dollars per unit – Aug 2016 26 Aug, 2016
FDA raised Vitamin D to 800 IU (now to be designated as 20 micrograms) July 2016 27 Jul, 2016
FDA doubles the amount of vitamin D permitted in milk – July 2016 23 Jul, 2016
FDA raises the amount of vitamin D2 fortification in bread – Aug 2012 17 May, 2016
Antibiotic resistance will kill 300 million in 35 years, FDA doing nothing, UK considering wrong things – Feb 2015 18 Feb, 2015
FDA considering raising adult Vitamin D, but not for adults who are senior or pregnant- Feb 2014 18 Feb, 2015
Off topic – FDA buried evidence of fraud in 78-600 clinical trials – Feb 2015 13 Feb, 2015
Off Topic: FDA advisors have many conflicts of interest 24 Sep, 2014
FDA considering raising Vitamin D RDA to 800 IU - Feb 2014 27 Mar, 2014
Application to FDA for use of active Vitamin D for hemodialysis patients – July 2011 18 Feb, 2014
Far too expensive to have FDA approve vitamin D – Dec 2013 22 Dec, 2013
Most young Americans not getting even 600 IU of vitamin D from the sun – FDA Aug 2011 29 Jun, 2013
Off topic: 'War on Health' video by Garry Null focusing on the FDA – July 2012 07 Jul, 2012
FDA warns against over 400 IU vitamin D for infants, especially with droppers - June 2010 25 Jun, 2012
A Vitamin D lable that FDA would not approve 25 Nov, 2011

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