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Bipartisan lawmakers call for overhauling medical supply chains

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The U.S. needs to review and overhaul its medical supply chains amid the pandemic, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said Tuesday.Speaking at The Hill’s “America’s Agenda: COVID-19 & A Responsive Rx Supply Chain” event, Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D…

CDC: Increasing numbers of adults say they wear masks

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As the coronavirus pandemic has worn on, an increasing percentage of adults have reported wearing face masks in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.But, while…

HHS Loosens Provider Relief Fund Restrictions, Allows Agencies to Cover Lost Revenue

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In response to ongoing opposition from both lawmakers and providers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it has made changes to its rules surrounding COVID-19 relief funding. The department’s amended rules now allow providers to use Provider Relief Fund (PRF) money… Read More »HHS Loosens Provider Relief Fund Restrictions, Allows Agencies to Cover Lost Revenue

Da Vinci robotics maker launches $100M VC fund

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Intuitive Surgical’s parent company has opened a $100 million venture-capital fund to invest in early-stage startups working on precision diagnostics, digital tools and other technologies that support minimally invasive surgical care.

CRISPR screen could help identify treatments for COVID

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A new study from researchers at the New York Genome Center searched for human genes that are needed for viral infection. They conducted a genome-scale, loss-of-function CRISPR screen to identify which genes, when lost in lung cells, made them more resistant to infection.

Case study: Identifying potential fraud, waste, and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged providers in significant ways, it unfortunately has also created new opportunities for a small handful of bad actors to take advantage of the outbreak to increase their reimbursement. Here’s how Cotiviti recently worked with MetroPlus Health Plan in New… Read More »Case study: Identifying potential fraud, waste, and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken a Higher Toll on Nursing Homes with Relatively High Shares of Black or Hispanic Residents

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Nursing homes with a relatively high share of Black or Hispanic residents are more likely to have had a resident die of COVID-19 than homes with lower shares of such residents, finds a new KFF analysis. Nationwide, 63 percent of nursing homes with a relatively… Read More »The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken a Higher Toll on Nursing Homes with Relatively High Shares of Black or Hispanic Residents

Medidata Acquires Digital Biomarker Business of MC10 / Clinical Trials & Wearable Sensors

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What You Should Know: – Clinical trials technology company Medidata has acquired the digital biomarker business of MC10. – MC10’s offerings will bring novel clinical analytics and biosensor capabilities to Medidata’s existing technology solutions, enhancing Medidata’s capabilities to integrate data from wearable sensors – including… Read More »Medidata Acquires Digital Biomarker Business of MC10 / Clinical Trials & Wearable Sensors

Pharmacy interns and techs who meet HHS requirements can administer childhood, COVID-19 vaccines

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Pharmacy interns and techs who meet HHS requirements can administer childhood, COVID-19 vaccines Tue, 10/27/2020 – 12:35 [email protected] Tue, 10/27/2020 – 12:22 According to the new guidance, to be deemed a “qualified person” under federal law—that is, authorized and granted liability coverage to administer FDA–authorized or FDA-licensed COVID-19 vaccines to patients ages 3 or… Read More »Pharmacy interns and techs who meet HHS requirements can administer childhood, COVID-19 vaccines

More Antibody Data

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Unfortunately, we’re getting a dose these days of “That’s why you run clinical trials”. Word came Monday evening (Peter Loftus in the WSJ, and a Lilly statement) that the ACTIV-3 trial being run by the NIH has shown lack of efficacy for the combination of… Read More »More Antibody Data

Medtronic’s Abre Venous Stent Receives the US FDA’s Approval to Treat Venous Outflow Obstruction

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Shots: The approval is based on ABRE clinical study assessing the Abre stent in 200 patients with iliofemoral venous outflow obstruction across the spectrum of deep venous obstruction including those with the post-thrombotic syndrome, NIVL & those who presented with an aDVT. The study also… Read More »Medtronic’s Abre Venous Stent Receives the US FDA’s Approval to Treat Venous Outflow Obstruction

Novartis Presents Results of Iptacopan (LNP023) in P-ll Study for C3 Glomerulopathy at ASN Annual Meeting 2020

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Shots: The P-II study involves assessing the efficacy, safety and PK of Iptacopan (LNP023) in patients with C3G (Cohort A) and patients who have undergone a kidney transplant and have C3G recurrence (Cohort B), interim results presented at ASN 2020 Result: @12wks., reduction in proteinuria… Read More »Novartis Presents Results of Iptacopan (LNP023) in P-ll Study for C3 Glomerulopathy at ASN Annual Meeting 2020

Correcting the course of value-based care models

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Value-based care is widely considered the solution to rising healthcare costs—moving away from fee-for-service by aligning financial incentives to produce higher quality and better results. But important policy adjustments are necessary to finally make this transition.

Sanofi and Regeneron Report Results of Dupixent (dupilumab) in Part A of P-lll Study for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

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Shots: Part A of P-lll study involves assessing of Dupixent (qw, 300mg) vs PBO in 81 patients aged≥ 12 yrs. with EoE. The study resulted in meeting its co-primary and all key 2EPs, presented at the virtual ACG 2020 and UEG Week 2020 Results: Patients… Read More »Sanofi and Regeneron Report Results of Dupixent (dupilumab) in Part A of P-lll Study for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

Samsung Bioepis Reports Results of Renflexis (biosimilar, infliximab) from Two Studies in IBD Patients

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Shots: The company reported results from two real-world studies of Renflexis (infliximab-abda) in patients with IBD registered in the US Veteran Affairs Healthcare System database. Data were presented at ACG 2020 One study assesses the safety of switching from reference infliximab or infliximab-dyyb to Renflexis… Read More »Samsung Bioepis Reports Results of Renflexis (biosimilar, infliximab) from Two Studies in IBD Patients

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Acquires SpringWorks’ FAAH Inhibitor Program for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Shots: SpringWorks to receive $35M as upfront and $ 375M as clinical, regulatory, and commercial milestones and is eligible to receive royalties on future net sales of PF-04457845. Jazz to get an exclusive license of all assets relating to the FAAH inhibitor program including PF-04457845… Read More »Jazz Pharmaceuticals Acquires SpringWorks’ FAAH Inhibitor Program for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Cadila, one of India’s two Covid vaccine makers, is going in for a huge capacity boost

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While Cadila’s plasmid DNA candidate doesn’t use an infectious agent like others, and instead introduces the DNA sequence encoding the antigen, the other tests being done are for traditional delivery methods. Serum Institute is conducting tests for the candidate developed by Oxford University. Dr Reddy’s… Read More »Cadila, one of India’s two Covid vaccine makers, is going in for a huge capacity boost

Scientific and ethical principles underlying recommendations from ACIP for COVID-19 vaccination implementation

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Scientific and ethical principles underlying recommendations from ACIP for COVID-19 vaccination implementation Sun, 10/25/2020 – 20:00 cbaker_admin Mon, 10/26/2020 – 20:30 The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is tasked with guiding public health policy related to vaccines. Three of the panel’s 14 voting members—Beth… Read More »Scientific and ethical principles underlying recommendations from ACIP for COVID-19 vaccination implementation

The Trump administration shut a vaccine safety office last year. What’s the plan now?

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The Trump administration shut a vaccine safety office last year. What’s the plan now? Sun, 10/25/2020 – 20:00 cbaker_admin Mon, 10/26/2020 – 20:30 Tracking outcomes in COVID-19 vaccine recipients to ensure the product is not causing harms after coming to market is an enormous undertaking,… Read More »The Trump administration shut a vaccine safety office last year. What’s the plan now?

Efficacy of tocilizumab in patients hospitalized with COVID-19

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Efficacy of tocilizumab in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 Sun, 10/25/2020 – 20:00 cbaker_admin Mon, 10/26/2020 – 20:30 Researchers investigated the use of tocilizumab in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 but not mechanically ventilated. The BACC Bay Tocilizumab Trial included 243 patients with severe cases, hyperinflammatory conditions,… Read More »Efficacy of tocilizumab in patients hospitalized with COVID-19

CDC investigating multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli meats

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CDC investigating multistate outbreak of <i>Listeria</i> infections linked to deli meats Sun, 10/25/2020 – 20:00 cbaker_admin Mon, 10/26/2020 – 20:30 CDC warned Friday about a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. In its food safety alert, CDC reported that 10 people have been infected with… Read More »CDC investigating multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli meats

Pediatricians say nearly 800K children have had coronavirus

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Almost 800,000 children in the U.S. have been infected by COVID-19 this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said Monday, adding that current cases among children are rising.In their latest state-level data report, the AAP…

Inside Digital Health – COVID-19 special edition no.6, October 2020

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27 October, 2020: In this issue of Inside Digital Health, hear from pharmacists using electronic prescriptions in our new podcast series, and learn about ransomware to avoid your data being held hostage. Read more: Inside Digital Health – COVID-19 special edition no.6, October 2020

Compounding Information for States

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FDA collaborates with state officials in a variety of ways, including by sharing information about compounders who engage in poor practices that could put patients at risk, sharing information about complaints and adverse events, and sharing findings from inspections.

Staying sane on the mission to Mars

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Recently, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health selected three innovative biotech companies using VR, conversation-bots, and probiotic therapeutics to combat mental health risks.

States with the Most ‘Primarily Health-Related’ Medicare Advantage Opportunities for Home Care Agencies

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With hundreds of plans reportedly offering in-home support services in 2021, the coming year is certain to bring more Medicare Advantage (MA) opportunities for home care agencies. But some home care operators will have more opportunities than others due to geographic variability across the MA… Read More »States with the Most ‘Primarily Health-Related’ Medicare Advantage Opportunities for Home Care Agencies

Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the U.S.

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Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every state, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great.”

HHS Prioritizing ‘Largest’ Home Health Agencies for Federally Distributed COVID-19 Tests

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has offered further clarification on its COVID-19 testing strategy for home health agencies. According to an online “index” of its distribution efforts, HHS is sending tests to the “largest 100+” home health and hospice agencies, with… Read More »HHS Prioritizing ‘Largest’ Home Health Agencies for Federally Distributed COVID-19 Tests

Bayer paying up to $4B for gene therapy pioneer AskBio

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The deal, offering $2 billion up front and $2 billion in future milestone payments, includes a gene therapy manufacturing facility and a pipeline that includes treatments for Parkinson’s and congestive heart failure.

The Check Up: Dr. Jonathan Perlin of HCA Healthcare

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HCA Healthcare has weathered the coronavirus pandemic a little bit better than most health systems. Part of HCA’s ability to navigate the pandemic can be attributed to a long-standing approach to become what leaders there call a learning organization.

Kettering Health to Deploy Nuance’s AI-Driven Physician Documentation for ED

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What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. announced the Kettering Health Network has selected ED Guidance for Nuance Dragon Medical Advisor. – This AI-powered computer-assisted physician documentation (CAPD) solution will help reduce physicians’ administrative burden while lowering the risk of adverse safety events, missing… Read More »Kettering Health to Deploy Nuance’s AI-Driven Physician Documentation for ED

US sets new record for average daily coronavirus cases

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The United States set a record on Sunday for new coronavirus cases averaged over a seven-day period, as cases march steadily upward.The average new cases per day over a seven-day period was 68,954 on Sunday, according to the Covid Tracking Project,…