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Metformin Recalled Due to Potential Cancer-Causing Chemical
Recall is for all lots of metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets 500 mg from Apotex
Friday, May 29, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, May 29, 2020

Remdesivir Use Growing Globally in COVID-19 Patients
Yet, most physicians believe it is only moderately effective, better used earlier than official guidelines recommend
Friday, May 29, 2020

VA Slashes Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Patients
Prescribing reduced to just three prescriptions in the last week as new research highlights possible dangers
Friday, May 29, 2020

Five-Day Course of Remdesivir Beneficial in Severe COVID-19
No significant difference seen in five-, 10-day course for severe COVID-19 without mechanical ventilation
Friday, May 29, 2020

CDC: Coronavirus Antibody Tests Still Not Accurate Enough
Too little is known about what the presence of antibodies means in terms of future immunity
Thursday, May 28, 2020

9.5 Percent Uninsured in U.S. From January Through June 2019
Overall, 13.7 percent of adults aged 18 to 64, 4.4 percent of children aged 0 to 17 were uninsured
Thursday, May 28, 2020

CV Toxicity Tied to Azithromycin and/or Hydroxychloroquine
Risk increased for prolonged QT and/or ventricular tachycardia, including torsades de pointes
Thursday, May 28, 2020

WHO Suspends Testing of Hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 Patients
In light of recent findings, hydroxychloroquine arm of WHO global study paused temporarily
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

New Medicare Benefit Would Limit Insulin Copays to $35 a Month
Benefit will be voluntary; Medicare recipients must pick an insurance plan that provides it
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Adenovirus Type-5 Vectored COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promise
ELISA antibodies and neutralizing antibodies increased at day 14, peaked at day 28
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine Plus Macrolides No Benefit in COVID-19
Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine with or without macrolides linked to in-hospital mortality, arrhythmia
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Remdesivir Beats Placebo for Time to COVID-19 Recovery
Researchers suggest antiviral agents in combination with other therapeutic approaches may further improve outcomes
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, May 22, 2020

U.S. Offers $1.2 Billion to Drug Company for COVID-19 Vaccine Research
Deal will fund phase 3 clinical trial in the United States this summer with about 30,000 volunteers
Friday, May 22, 2020

Musculoskeletal Malformations Up With Fluconazole in Pregnancy
But no increase seen in conotruncal malformations, oral clefts with use of oral fluconazole in first trimester
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sales of Johnson's Baby Powder Halted in U.S., Canada
Johnson & Johnson says talc-based powder is safe and will still be sold in other countries
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Decrease Seen in Child Vaccination Coverage During COVID-19
Up-to-date status for all recommended vaccines down to 49.7 percent among children aged 5 months
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Global Practice Guidelines Issued by International Society of Hypertension
Optimal, essential recommendations presented for lifestyle interventions, therapy in adults with HTN
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Age, CRP Up Risk for Mortality in Diabetes With COVID-19
Insulin usage linked to poor prognosis; ACEI/ARB use did not impact clinical outcome in those with HTN
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Spending on Primary Care Continues to Lag in the U.S.
Authors say increasing investment in primary care could slow future health care spending growth
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine Does Not Improve COVID-19 Pneumonia Outcomes
Second study shows no benefit versus standard of care in probability of negative conversion by 28 days
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Social Distancing Policies Reduced COVID-19 Growth Rate
Policies reduced daily COVID-19 growth rate by 5.4 and 6.8 percent after one to five, six to 10 days
Monday, May 18, 2020

Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response
Findings from early-stage trial that started in March and included eight healthy people receiving two doses
Monday, May 18, 2020

Guidance Issued for Osteoporosis Management During COVID-19
Alternative methods for parenteral treatments include off-site clinics, home visit, self-injection
Monday, May 18, 2020

Most Physicians Have Seen False-Negative COVID-19 Test Results
One in 10 physicians worldwide report seeing at least one case of COVID-19 reinfection
Monday, May 18, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, May 15, 2020

NIH: Large-Scale Testing of Some COVID-19 Vaccines Could Start in July
About a dozen potential vaccines worldwide are in the initial stages of, or set to begin, testing in people
Friday, May 15, 2020

Interferon-α2b May Shorten Viral Shedding Duration in COVID-19
Duration of elevated blood levels for inflammatory markers IL-6, C-reactive protein also reduced
Friday, May 15, 2020

ACP Advises Against Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
Practice points based on lack of evidence supporting use as prophylaxis or treatment for COVID-19
Friday, May 15, 2020

Graduated Compression Stockings May Not Be Needed After Surgery
Low molecular weight heparin noninferior to LMWH plus GCS for preventing VTE after elective surgery
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Plan in Place to Up Production of Prefilled Syringes for Future COVID-19 Vaccine
Project Jumpstart aims to produce 100 million prefilled syringes by the end of 2020 and more than 500 million in 2021
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Live Biotherapeutic Promising for Prevention of Bacterial Vaginosis
Following vaginal metronidazole for BV, incidence of recurrence lower with Lactin-V versus placebo
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Experts Discuss Strategy for Bariatric Surgery During COVID-19
Recommendations address nonsurgical management, prioritization of patients once surgery resumes
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Addition of Zinc May Benefit Some Being Treated for COVID-19
Some outcomes improved with addition of zinc sulfate to hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Pediatric Vaccine Ordering Has Decreased During COVID-19
Decrease seen in VFC-funded APIC-recommended childhood vaccines after national emergency declaration
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Crude Link ID'd for Vitamin D Levels, COVID-19 Cases, Death
Vitamin D levels severely low in aging population, the most vulnerable population to COVID-19
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine Has No Impact on Outcomes in COVID-19
No link seen between use of the drug and risk for composite end point of intubation or death
Monday, May 11, 2020

Anakinra May Reduce Systemic Inflammation in COVID-19
At 21 days, survival was 90 percent in anakinra group versus 56 percent in standard treatment group
Monday, May 11, 2020

Triple Antiviral Therapy Promising for Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19
Duration of viral shedding shorter with combination of lopinavir-ritonavir, ribavarin, interferon beta-1b
Monday, May 11, 2020

Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, May 8, 2020

FDA Slashes Number of Approved Chinese Makers of N95 Masks
Cut comes after officials found that many imported N95 masks did not meet U.S. standards
Friday, May 8, 2020

Asthma, COPD Medication Adherence Up During Pandemic
Authors say increased adherence may reflect patient concern about controlling primary respiratory illness
Friday, May 8, 2020

CDC: Prevalence of Hypertension Higher in Rural Versus Urban Areas
HTN prevalence varied from 18.0 to 55.0 percent across counties; med use also higher in rural areas
Friday, May 8, 2020

Cardio-Obstetrics Team Key to Managing CVD in Pregnancy
Cardio-obstetrics team should review maternal cardiovascular risk, obstetric risk, fetal risk, outcomes
Thursday, May 7, 2020

Human Trials of Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Begin in U.S.
If effective, vaccine could be available for emergency use in the United States as early as September
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

HIV+ Men Are Not Receiving STD Testing, Prevention Services
Men receiving HIV care still not receiving guideline-recommended sexually transmitted disease testing
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Guideline Issued for Nonsevere, Severe COVID-19 Therapy
Corticosteroids recommended for severe COVID-19 with ARDS but not severe COVID-19 without ARDS
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

ACE Inhibitors, ARBs Not Linked to Risk for COVID-19
And, not one of five classes of anti-HTN meds linked to increased likelihood of positive COVID-19 test
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

FDA Goes After Unproven COVID-19 Antibody Tests
Companies selling tests will be required to submit data proving accuracy within next 10 days
Monday, May 4, 2020

Evolocumab Does Not Impact Cognition in Atherosclerotic CVD
Adding evolocumab to maximally tolerated statin therapy did not affect patient-reported cognition
Monday, May 4, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 Ups Risk for QTc Prolongation
Concurrent treatment with azithromycin linked to greater changes in corrected QT interval
Monday, May 4, 2020


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