|Submitted||May 1, 2020|
|Due||June 1, 2020|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
All documents and communications pertaining to the 368 male coronavirus patients at VA hospitals nationwide who had died or been discharged as of April 11. 97 of these patients were given hydroxychloroquine. any mention of the word hydroxychloroquine in email communications as well.
Here is an excerpt from the attached test results: "Despite limited and conflicting data on the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients with Covid-19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the emergency use of this drug when clinical trials are unavailable or infeasible. Hydroxychloroquine, alone or in combination with azithromycin, is being widely used in Covid-19 therapy based on anecdotal and limited observational evidence."
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Thank you for the email, however none of the request numbers you have listed below are being processed by the Veterans Health Administration. Please contact the respective FOIA Office for your request as outlined below:
FOIA Request number 20-06116-F is being handled by VA OGC, please contact Ms. Renee Baxter at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or by phone at (202) 461-7862
FOIA Request number 20-06072-F is being handled by VBA, please contact Kelechi Ahaghotu at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or by phone at (202) 461-9794
Please let me know if you have any questions.
VHA FOIA Officer
Office of Health Informatics (10A7B)
Veterans Health Administration
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This is to confirm that you submitted a request for record(s) from the Food and Drug Administration
pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.
FOIA staff will review your request to determine whether it has sufficient information to be processed;
if so, you will receive another email as a formal acknowledgement of your request, with a control number for your request.
If your request is not sufficiently described,
or if there are any other deficiencies with your submission, FOIA staff will contact you via telephone or email.
George Johnston George Johnston
Re: Confirmation # FDA2064639
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In Reply refer to: 2020-3579
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records regarding:
All documents and communications pertaining to the 368 male coronavirus patients at VA hospitals nationwide who had died or been discharged as of April 11.
We will respond as soon as possible and may charge you a fee for processing your request. If your informational needs change, and you no longer need the requested records, please contact us to cancel your request, as charges may be incurred once processing of your request has begun. For more information on processing fees, please see http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/FOI/FOIAFees/default.htm.
Due to an increase in the number of incoming requests, we may be unable to comply with the twenty-working-day time limit in this case, as well as the ten additional days provided by the FOIA. The actual processing time will depend on the complexity of your request and whether sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive search, and/or consultation with other HHS components or other executive branch agencies are involved. Please note that requests for medical device approval records (e.g. 510K, PMA, DEN) may take up to 18 to 24 months to process.
If you have any questions about your request, please call Rochelle A. Coleman, Information Technician at 301-796-8982 or write to us at:
Division of Freedom of Information,
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1050
Rockville, MD 20857
You also have the right to seek dispute resolution services from:
FDA FOIA Public Liaison
Office of the Executive Secretariat
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1050
Rockville, MD 20857
Office of Government
National Archives and Administration
8601 Adelphi Road - OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Fax: 202-741-5769 Note: Do NOT reply directly to this E-mail
Your request has been referred, in part, to the VA FOIA Office (https://www.va.gov/foia/). The request also remains open with FDA.