Patient from Ethiopia Underwent PET Scan at Turkey

Mrs Sendu Tereffe was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. The stage 4 cancer had advanced, and she underwent treatment in her home country, Ethiopia. Mrs Sendu Tereffe wanted to know her prognosis and the efficacy of her treatment. She decided to have a consultation with a reputed oncologist and oncology follow up. She wanted the best resources made available to her and hence searched the internet.

Mrs Sendu Tereffe soon realized that the resources and infrastructure in her country were very limited and decided to pursue international options. She came across MediGence and contacted us by filling out an inquiry form.

Our case manager contacted Mrs Tereffe immediately and requested to share her medical records, scans and reports to come up with the best doctors and destination options for her. Mrs Sendu Tereffe was provided with multiple options across the globe with top oncologists. Mrs Tereffe decided to pursue her treatment with the expert oncologist Dr Tahsin Ozatli at the reputed Istinye University LIV Hospital in Turkey.

Mrs Sendu Tereffe arrived at Turkey on 3rd November 2020. She was greeted at the airport by the staffs of Istinye University LIV Hospital. She was accompanied by her son. She was transferred to Istinye University LIV Hospital where she was counselled for the tests and treatment. She underwent a PET scan to determine the efficacy of her chemo treatment she underwent in her home country. After the PET scan and a few tests, the doctor was able to understand her diagnosis and treatment regimen. The results of the scan and tests helped Dr Tahsin Ozatli to map out an effective treatment plan for Mrs Sendu Tereffe.

Based on the PET Scans, the doctor- identified better ways to treat cancer. The patient spent only a day in the Hospital. Even during her short stay, she received the best care from the hospital staffs.

The hospital was well equipped to handle Mrs Tereffe’s needs and care. The patient stayed in the country for a total of 7 days to ensure proper follow-up protocols. MediGence provided with many staying options in the country and the patient Mrs Tereffe chose the best according to her budget. The stay in the country ensured that Mrs Tereffe not only kept up with the appointments but also gave her a chance to immerse in the culture and hospitality of the country.

MediGence ensured that Mrs Sendu Tereffe received the best possible care during her stay in the country and hospital. MediGence didn’t limit itself to the hospital appointments alone and co-ordinated hospital transfer, Airport pick-up, hospital appointments. MediGence also organized her follow-up consultation in the hospital with the expert Oncologist.

Mrs Sendu Tereffe states that she is thankful to the doctors at Istinye University LIV Hospital in Turkey for their continuous care and expertise. She is grateful for the extensive counselling and consultations she received from the expert doctors based on the results of her PET scan.

Mrs Sendu Tereffe also thanked MediGence for providing her with the best options. For helping her from the very beginning right from choosing the best doctors, destination, arranging the appointments and airport transfer.

Team MediGence wishes Mrs Sendu Tereffe a very healthy and happy future!

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Roche Highlights its Bispecific Antibody Portfolio Across a Range of Blood Cancers at ASH 2020

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  • The company presented the new data of its T-cell engaging bispecific Abs, mosunetuzumab, glofitamab and cevostamab at ASH 2020, demonstrating encouraging activity across multiple types of blood cancer
  • Roche divulges that its mosunetuzumab & glofitamab showed promising responses across multiple types of NHL, including R/R FL & DLBCL, reinforcing from the P-I/Ib GO29781 study results in R/R FL, that showed 51.6% of patients achieved a CR when treated with mosunetuzumab
  • Beyond r/r setting, mosunetuzumab & glofitamab are also being evaluated in 1L DLBCL. Additionally, Roche has presented the data of cevostamab that showed a 53% ORR rate in heavily pre-treated patients with MM

Click here ­to­ read full press release/ article | Ref: GlobeNewswire | Image: Financial Times

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A Congo National Underwent CABG and Kidney Transplant Surgery in Turkey

Mr Cleon Masumbuko Mufungizi, 61 years old is a Congo national. Mr Mufungizi had been complaining of heart palpitations for a while. He realized the seriousness of the discomfort when he also experienced chest pains. Mr Cleon Masumbuko Mufungizi wanted the best treatment to be made available to him.

Mr Cleon Masumbuko Mufungizi realized that the best experts to treat him without costing him a fortune were available abroad. He turned to the internet in search of an expert to help him ease the pain. He came across MediGence and contacted us by filling out a patient query form.

Our case manager contacted Mr Mufungizi immediately and requested him to share his medical tests, scans and reports. MediGence team presented Mr Mufungizi with multiple destinations with leading experts and experienced cardiologists. Mr Mufungizi decided to pursue with Dr Mustafa Bilge Erdogan at the Istinye University LIV Hospital in Turkey.

Mr Cleon Masumbuko Mufungizi arrived in Turkey on 14th October 2020. He travelled with his wife. They were greeted at the airport by the hospital staffs and transferred to the Istinye University LIV Hospital. The patient underwent a series of tests and assessments at the hospital. The results helped the doctor to map out his treatment plan effectively. Dr Mustafa Bilge Erdogan suggested that the patient underwent a CABG (Coronary artery bypass grafting) procedure. The procedure was very critical and consisted of certain risks. After a clear understanding of the procedure, risks and complications the patient underwent the procedure.

Dr Mustafa Bilge Erdogan successfully performed the CABG procedure. The patient was monitored very closely post-op to prevent any complications. The excellent care provided by the staffs, continuous monitoring and patient care ensured that Mr Mufungizi was on the right road to recovery. Mr Mufungizi stayed in the hospital for a total of 8 days. He was discharged after showing signs of recovery and improvements.

Mr Cleon Masumbuko Mufungizi stayed in Turkey for 4 weeks for his follow up appointments which were set up by MediGence. He was provided with multiple stay options and chose in accordance with his budget. The stay in the country helped him in ensuring his post-op checkups. Dr Mustafa Bilge Erdogan provided the best care and always ensured that the patient was comfortable.

MediGence ensured that the patient received the best possible care and helped set up everything right from Hospital Transfer Co-ordination, Airport Pick-up Co-ordination to Hospital Appointment Co-ordination.

Mr Cleon Masumbuko Mufungizi stated that he was very satisfied with the treating doctor and the surgery outcome. He was grateful to the doctors at Istinye University LIV Hospital for the counseling and consultations which was done before surgery. He also praised Dr Mustafa Bilge Erdogan for his expertise and compassionate patient care.

Mr Cleon Masumbuko Mufungizi also thanked Medigence for their enormous support right from the very beginning right from choosing the right expert to set up the hospital and follow up appointments and easing his worries.

Team MediGence wishes Mr Cleon Masumbuko Mufungizi a happy and healthy future!

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Foundation Medicine’s FoundationOne CDx Receives the US FDA’s Approval as a CDx for Vitrakvi (larotrectinib)

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  • The US FDA approved FoundationOneCDx to be used as a CDx for Vitrakvi (larotrectinib) to identify patients with NTRK fusions across all solid tumors. The genomic test is currently approved as a CDx for 20+ therapies
  • The FoundationOne CDx is the tissue-based CGP test approved to detect NTRK1/2/3 fusions across all solid tumor types and identify patients who may be appropriate for treatment with Vitrakvi
  • The approval of Vitrakvi was based on three studies including LOXO-TRK-14001,  SCOUT, and NAVIGATE studies and is indicated for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with solid tumors that have NTRK gene fusion without a known acquired resistance mutation, are metastatic or where surgical resection is likely to result in severe morbidity, and have no satisfactory alternative treatments or that have progressed following treatment

Click here ­to­ read full press release/ article | Ref: Businesswire | Image: Clinical OMICs

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A Patient from US Underwent Weight Loss Surgery in Turkey

Mr Andrew Lowry is from the USA. He is 35 years old and has been struggling with weight loss for a while. He wanted to opt for a weight loss surgery to assist him in his weight loss journey for a healthier living. Mr Lowry wanted a cost-effective cheaper option without compromising on the standard of healthcare. He soon realized that Overseas surgery was a viable option.

Mr Andrew Lowry realized that the expert surgeons offering healthcare in world-class standards from other countries were a solution. Mr Lowry turned to the internet for the quest to find an expert and came across MediGence. He contacted us by filling out an online query form with basic details. Our case manager contacted Mr Lowry immediately and discussed his health issues. Our case manager requested Mr Lowry to share his health records, imaging and test reports. After consultation with the patient advisory team and careful consideration, Mr Lowry was presented with the best options available for him.

Mr Andrew Lowry decided to proceed with Medical Park Floraya Hospital, Turkey under the expert care of the reputed bariatric surgeon Dr Aziz Sumer. Mr Andrew Lowry arrived in Istanbul on the 14th of October. He was greeted by the hospital staffs and transferred to the hospital. He underwent a series of tests and consultations. This helped the doctors in understanding his health better and mapping out an effective treatment plan. Dr Aziz Sumer suggested a sleeve gastrectomy based on his health record and consultation. After clearly understanding the procedure Mr Lowry went ahead with the procedure. The surgery involved minimal risk and complications. Thanks to the expertise of the surgeon Dr Aziz Sumer, Mr Lowry successfully underwent the procedure with no complications.

Mr Andrew Lowry stayed at the Medical Park Floraya Hospital for 3 days receiving the best care from the staffs of the hospitals. On post-op consultation and continuous monitoring, Mr Lowry was discharged from the hospital. Mr Andrew Lowry was provided with multiple stay options and he chose in accordance with his budget.

Mr Andrew Lowry thanks MediGence for its exemplary services provided. MediGence didn’t limit itself to the hospital stay alone but also ensured his Hospital transfer co-ordination, Airport pick up co-ordination, Hospital appointment Co-ordination. MediGence also set up Mr Andrew Lowry’s follow up appointment to ensure his complete recovery.

Mr Andrew Lowry is set to stay in Turkey for 7 to 10 days enjoying the best care and immersing in the cultural experience. Mr Lowry states that he was very satisfied with the treating doctor and the surgery outcome. He is grateful for all the consultations and counselling provided by the Medical Park Floraya Hospital. He thanked MediGence team for getting him the exceptional care, for the services provided right from the very beginning -finding the right doctor, arranging consultations and transfers.

Team MediGence wishes Mr Andrew Lowry a very happy and healthy future!

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A Patient from UK Underwent Weight Loss Surgery in Turkey

Mr Andrew Lowry is from the United Kingdom. He is 35 years old and has been struggling with weight loss for a while. He wanted to opt for a weight loss surgery to assist him in his weight loss journey for a healthier living. Mr Lowry wanted a cost-effective cheaper option without compromising on the standard of healthcare. He soon realized that Overseas surgery was a viable option.

Mr Andrew Lowry realized that the expert surgeons offering healthcare in world-class standards from other countries were a solution. Mr Lowry turned to the internet for the quest to find an expert and came across MediGence. He contacted us by filling out an online query form with basic details. Our case manager contacted Mr Lowry immediately and discussed his health issues. Our case manager requested Mr Lowry to share his health records, imaging and test reports. After consultation with the patient advisory team and careful consideration, Mr Lowry was presented with the best options available for him.

Mr Andrew Lowry decided to proceed with Medical Park Floraya Hospital, Turkey under the expert care of the reputed bariatric surgeon Dr Aziz Sumer. Mr Andrew Lowry arrived in Istanbul on the 14th of October. He was greeted by the hospital staffs and transferred to the hospital. He underwent a series of tests and consultations. This helped the doctors in understanding his health better and mapping out an effective treatment plan. Dr Aziz Sumer suggested a sleeve gastrectomy based on his health record and consultation. After clearly understanding the procedure Mr Lowry went ahead with the procedure. The surgery involved minimal risk and complications. Thanks to the expertise of the surgeon Dr Aziz Sumer, Mr Lowry successfully underwent the procedure with no complications.

Mr Andrew Lowry stayed at the Medical Park Floraya Hospital for 3 days receiving the best care from the staffs of the hospitals. On post-op consultation and continuous monitoring, Mr Lowry was discharged from the hospital. Mr Andrew Lowry was provided with multiple stay options and he chose in accordance with his budget.

Mr Andrew Lowry thanks MediGence for its exemplary services provided. MediGence didn’t limit itself to the hospital stay alone but also ensured his Hospital transfer co-ordination, Airport pick up co-ordination, Hospital appointment Co-ordination. MediGence also set up Mr Andrew Lowry’s follow up appointment to ensure his complete recovery.

Mr Andrew Lowry is set to stay in Turkey for 7 to 10 days enjoying the best care and immersing in the cultural experience. Mr Lowry states that he was very satisfied with the treating doctor and the surgery outcome. He is grateful for all the consultations and counselling provided by the Medical Park Floraya Hospital. He thanked MediGence team for getting him the exceptional care, for the services provided right from the very beginning -finding the right doctor, arranging consultations and transfers.

Team MediGence wishes Mr Andrew Lowry a very happy and healthy future!

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A British National Underwent Cosmetic Surgery in Turkey

Mr Ian, 33-year-old British citizen, wanted to undergo cosmetic surgery for gynecomastia.

Mr Ian was looking for economy options to get his cosmetic surgery done and came across MediGence. MediGence helped him throughout the entire process in identifying the correct option in Turkey, which was his preferred destination.

He was assigned a case manager who has a quick conversation with him to understand his expectations.. He was sent a few options to choose from and he decided to proceed with Medicana Camlica Hospital and Dr. Umut Zereyak in Turkey.

Mr Ian went to Turkey on the 6th September 2020 to undergo the procedure and since it was a minor procedure, he only had to spend one day in the hospital. After reaching the hospital, he had a consultation with the doctor and even met with the clinical team who explained him about the procedure and discussed his expectations.The surgery was a success and there were no side effects or post-operative complications. He stayed a total of 5 days in Turkey and was extremely happy with his treatment. He was also very thankful to MediGence for all the help they provided him. He was looking for a viable opportunity to get treated outside the UK and MediGence helped him achieve just that. Mr Ian was also very thankful towards all the staff at the hospital for giving him a high standard of care and treatment.

Apart from helping him select the best hospital to get treated, MediGence team also helped Mr Ian in Hospital Transfer Co-ordination, Airport Pick-up Co-ordination and Hospital Appointment Co-ordination.

MediGence wishes Mr Ian a happy and healthy future ahead.

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A Pakistan National Underwent Kidney Transplant in Turkey

Mr Fareed Khan, a 40-year-old Pakistan national, was suffering from polycystic kidney disease and was looking to get a kidney transplant. Mr Fareed decided that the best treatment for him would be available abroad and decided to pursue overseas surgery options. He came across MediGence and one of his relatives contacted us by sending an enquiry form.

At MediGence, our case manager got in touch with them and received all his records and after seeing all the documents, the best possible hospital and doctor was carefully selected keeping Mr Fareed’s financial constraint in mind. Mr Fareed decided that Medicana Camlica Hospital, Istanbul -Turkey and Dr. Murat Tuncer (nephrologist) Dr. Volkan Turunc (surgeon) would be the best fit for him.

Mr Fareed travelled to Istanbul on the 23rd August 2020. He was accompanied by a related donor, as well as an family member who served as an attendant for them.

After reaching the hospital, the patient’s medical records were assessed by the doctors and experts at the hospital. The pre-transplantation tests for the patient and the donor initiated the same day of the arrival.

Mr Fareed was told that his kidney was not functioning properly, and a transplant needed to be done at the earliest. Once all the tests were completed, their case was passed by the ethics committee in Turkey for transplantation and thereafter, the surgery was carried out. The procedure was a success and he gradually started to recover. He stayed for around 30 days in the country and was able to make a full recovery. He spent around 12 days in the hospital after the surgery so that he could recover properly.

MediGence assisted them throughout their journey, from selecting the accommodation options to booking appointments and scheduling the surgery. Mr Fareed was impressed with the medical treatment he received at the Medicana Camlica Hospital, Istanbul -Turkey. He was also very satisfied with the hospital staff and the clinical team.

He thanked MediGence for their vital role in helping him treat his condition and receiving the best treatment. Apart from receiving expert help in selecting the doctor, hospital and country to get the transplant done, he was also provided with many additional facilities such as filing visa applications, Hospital Transfer Co-ordination, Airport Pick-up Co-ordination, Hospital Appointment Co-ordination and Follow-up visits as well.

Team MediGence wishes Mr Fareed a very happy and healthy future.

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A Patient from USA Underwent Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery in Turkey

Mr Matthew Coughlin is from the United States of America. He is 59 years old and has been wanting a Gastric sleeve bypass to assist him in his weight loss journey for a better and healthier living. Mr Matthew Coughlin wanted quality healthcare that doesn’t cost a fortune. He realized that he must be open to experts from other countries for the procedure.

Mr Matthew Coughlin wanted the best surgeon and soon realized that overseas surgery might be the best suitable option for the best quality healthcare at an affordable rate. Mr Coughlin turned to the internet to find the best expert and came across MediGence. He contacted us by filling out an online query form.

Our case manager contacted him immediately and discussed his medical conditions. Our case manager requested Mr Coughlin to share his medical records, scans and other reports. On consultation with the patient advisory team, Mr Matthew Coughlin was given a wide range of expert options from many reputed hospitals in many countries.

Mr Matthew Coughlin decided to proceed with the reputed Medical Park Florya Hospital, Turkey under the expert care of reputed bariatric surgeon Dr Aziz Sumer.

Mr Matthew Coughlin arrived in Istanbul, Turkey on the 3rd of September. He was greeted by the hospital staff at the airport and later transferred to the hospital. He underwent all the essential testing and consultations. This helped the Doctor in better understanding of the case and mapping out the best treatment option. The doctor suggested Sleeve Gastrectomy as the best option for him to proceed. After being counselled about the procedure by the expert, he went ahead with the procedure with a clear mind. The surgery involved minimal risk and complications.

Mr Matthew Coughlin successfully underwent the surgery thanks to the skilled surgeon Dr Aziz Sumer. He was monitored continuously to ensure that no complications developed. The continuous monitoring, constant care and exceptional expertise ensured that the surgery went smoothly and without any complications.

Mr Matthew Coughlin stayed at the Medical Park Florya Hospital for 3 days. On post-op consultation and monitoring, Mr Coughlin was discharged on the doctor’s approval. Mr Matthew Coughlin was provided with multiple stay options and he chose the best one under his budget.

MediGence ensured that Mr Matthew Coughlin received the best care possible and didn’t limit to the hospital consultation alone. MediGence also provided Hospital transfer co-ordination, Airport pick up co-ordination, Hospital appointment Co-ordination. MediGence also set up Mr Matthew Coughlin’s follow up appointment to ensure that he is on the right track to recovery.

Mr Matthew Coughlin stayed in Turkey for nearly 10 days getting the best possible care and immersing in the cultural experience. Mr Coughlin states that he was very satisfied with the treatment, staff and the surgical procedure. He thanked MediGence team for getting him the exceptional care and for the services provided. He is also grateful to the staff and doctors at Medical Park Florya Hospital in Turkey.

Team MediGence wishes Mr Matthew Coughlin a happy and healthy future!

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A Patient from Somalia underwent Right Lung Resection in Turkey

Mr Abdi Ali Osman, 50, a Somalian national was diagnosed with a critical large tumour on his lung. The tumour was pressing his heart and was causing continuous cough which worsened every day. Mr Abdi Ali Osman wanted the best treatment option made available to him hence searched the internet.

Mr Abdi Ali Osman decided that the best treatment for him would be available abroad and decided to pursue overseas surgery options. He came across MediGence and contacted us by sending in an enquiry form.

Our case manager requested Mr Osman to share all his medical records, scans and reports to come up with the best expert options. Mr Abdi Ali Osman was provided with multiple experts and destinations all providing quality and affordable healthcare. Mr Abdi Ali Osman chose the trusted Medicana Camlica Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey under the expert oncologist Dr Cuneyt Aydemir.

Mr Abdi Ali Osman arrived in Turkey on the 15th of August and was received by the hospital staff at the airport. Mr Osman was accompanied by his two sons as his attenders. He was transferred to Medicana Camlica Hospital where he underwent a series of tests and consultations. Based on the reports and scans the doctor mapped out his treatment plan effectively and decided to perform Right Lung Resection. Since the tumour was pressing on his heart, the surgery was complicated and involved high risk. Under the expertise of Dr Aydemir, he was constantly monitored both pre and post-surgery. The staffs at the prestigious Medicana Camlica Hospital were well trained and had the expertise to handle such a complicated case.

Dr Cuneyt Aydemir successfully performed a Right Lung Resection and removed the large tumour on his lung. The continuous cough also subsided after a few days after the tumour removal thus indicating his improvement and recovery. His hospital stay lasted for 10 days after the surgery during which he was provided round the clock quality healthcare by the hospital staffs.

Mr Osman who stayed in the hospital for 10 days, after consultations and continuous monitoring were discharged from the hospital. MediGence provided with many staying options in the country and the patient chose the best according to his budget. The stay in the country helped him in ensuring his post-op checkups. Dr Aydemir provided the best care and always ensured that the patient was comfortable.

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MediGence ensured that Mr Abdi Ali Osman received the best possible treatment and didn’t limit itself to only the hospital and doctor selection. MediGence provided hospital transfer co-ordination, Airport picks up co-ordination, hospital appointments co-ordination. MediGence also organized his follow-up consultation in the hospital with the expert Oncologist.

Mr Osman stayed in the country for around 20 days enjoying the best care and culture of the country. Mr Osman is highly grateful to Medicana Camilca Hospital and to MediGence for helping him undergo this life saving critical surgery successfully and ensuring that he received the best treatment in the process.

Team MediGence wishes a very healthy and happy future to Mr Abdi Ali Osman.

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A Trinidad and Tobago Patient Underwent Kidney Transplant in Turkey

Desiree has been a renal patient for many years. She underwent the first renal transplantation more than a decade ago and now since her creatinine levels had started to increase again, the local doctors in Trinidad and Tobago suggested that it is time to go for another kidney transplant.

She came to India in early 2019 for a kidney transplant surgery, however, it was not performed since she had antibodies against her sisters’ blood type and it was discovered during the pre-transplantation work-up. So the team in India suggested her plasmapheresis, which she was not very keen to opt for due to the difference in the cost and also the associated risks.

She contacted MediGence while she was there in India to known what options she has abroad and if she can be listed in the kidney exchange program in any of the countries. The team reached back to her to understand her requirement and know more about the clinical status. They recommended her Turkey for the kidney exchange program, however, the family decided to return to Trinidad at the time and decide later.

Desiree contacted the team again after a few months after having made up their mind to proceed ahead and get re-evaluation done to see if the antibody levels have changed or if she needs to be on the kidney exchange program along with her sister.

She had decided to explore options from Turkey and therefore, the team consulted nephrology and kidney transplant teams across different hospitals and she decided to proceed ahead with Istinye University LIV Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey.

The team did explain to her that she and her sister will be subjected to investigations, after which it will be decided whether they can proceed ahead with transplantation or some additional treatment is required before that.

They arrived in Turkey and were picked up and accommodated by the hospital team, The round of investigations began and the doctors realized that the level of antibodies had gone down significantly and that she would only need one or two sessions of plasmapheresis and then they can proceed with transplantation.

She and her family were completely satisfied with the opinion as well as the recommendations of the team and they decided to go ahead with it.

The kidney transplant was carried out about two weeks after their arrival and she continued to recover and get better afterward with each passing day. Post-operative tests were conducted every other day to see that everything is okay and that she has accepted the organ from her sister.

Desiree and her family were completely satisfied and happy with the overall clinical guidance and services provided by MediGence as well as the hospital.

Team MediGence wishes him a very happy and healthy future.

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Roche Reports the US FDA’s Acceptance of sBLA for Xolair (omalizumab) Prefilled Syringe for Self-Administration Across All Indications

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  • The US FDA has accepted the sBLA for a new self-administration option for Xolair across all approved indications in the US. The company anticipates the approval of the therapy in Q1’21
  • The acceptance is based on the efficacy and safety profile of Xolair in allergic asthma and chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIA)
  • If approved, Xolair’s prefilled syringe will become available for either self-administration by select patients or administration by their caregivers.  Genentech and Novartis work together to develop and co-promote Xolair in the US

Click here ­to­ read full press release/ article | Ref: Roche | Image: Pinterest

When to Wear Gloves To Prevent COVID-19?

Gloves form an essential part of the personal protective equipment (PPE). However, unlike masks, gloves are not supposed to be worn all the time or when outdoors to buy groceries.

As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gloves should be worn under two circumstances:

When caring for the sick

  • Gloves should be worn while touching of having contact with an infected person’s blood, stool, urine, or body fluids such as saliva, vomit, and mucus.
  • Gloves should be worn while cleaning or disinfecting the area around the sick person’s bed or room.

When performing routine cleaning at home

  • Disposable gloves should be used to clean or disinfectant the house as per the instructions mentioned on the label of the disinfectant.
  • People must maintain good ventilation into the room to keep fresh air coming.

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Under all circumstances, the gloves should be disposed of in a lined trash can. Also, people must wash their hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol after they remove their gloves.

With that said, people are not required to wear gloves when they are outdoors, for instance, while grocery shopping or using an ATM as this may not reduce the risk of infection. This is opposite to the use of a face mask, which must be worn at all times when the person is outside in a public space. However, there is no requirement to wear a mask at home while performing routine cleaning.

Overall, the most effective ways to prevent COVID-19 include the following:

  • Maintaining a six-feet distance with others
  • Washings hands with soap regularly using a 20-second technique
  • Using a hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol when soap is not available
  • Wearing a face covering or a mask when out in public

Reference: CDC

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Types of COVID-19 Vaccines Being Developed Globally

A vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is being vouched as the only and the best hope to end the pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 330,000 people worldwide.

Pharmaceutical companies and researchers across the world are in a race to develop a safe and effective vaccination for COVID-19. Many such vaccines are currently under development, while there are a few notable ones that are undergoing clinical trials in humans.

One such vaccine is the mRNA-1273 by Moderna, a USA-based pharmaceutical company, The vaccines by Moderna is currently headed toward Phase II clinical trial after recording success in Phase I. Unlike conventional vaccines, this one is a genetically-modified mRNA vaccine, which is easier to produce and can be produced at a mass scale quickly.

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There are different types of vaccines that are currently in the making, as highlighted in the graphic.

However, a real, safe, and effective vaccine may still be months away from public use. Vaccine development typically takes years and even if all the processes, including regulatory approvals, are expedited, it may still take months for an effective COVID-19 vaccine to be available.

Most of the vaccines being developed against COVID-19 targets the Spike-shaped protein present on the surface of the coronavirus. It is through S protein that coronavirus can attach itself to the host cells in humans. A vaccine that targets this protein will render the virus useless as it will no longer be able to attach itself to human cells and cause COVID-19.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Common Household Materials That Can Be Used As COVID-19 Masks

A simple three-layered cotton cloth mask is enough to prevent COVID-19 infection from possible exposure to droplets that may otherwise enter through nose or mouth. Therefore, people do not have to unnecessarily hoard or purchase only surgical masks or N-95 masks for the general use of masks for protection against COVID-19.

There are certain guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. on how cloth face covering should be used.

Common things which can be used as an alternative to mask

As per the CDC, face-covering should:

  • Fit closely but comfortably against the side of the face and bridge of the nose
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Comfortably allow for breathing without any restrictions
  • Be able to be washed and machine dried without any damage to the fabric or stitching

It is advised to use a simple cotton cloth mask covering as prevention against coronavirus. It can be comfortably made at home from common materials at an extremely low cost. These are reusable as well.

However, they should be routinely washed and dried, depending on the frequency of use. A machine wash is enough to maintain mask hygiene.

There is a DIY tutorial available as well, provided by CDC, on how to make a cotton face mask at home.

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5 Ways to Protecting Your Workspace Against Coronavirus

The long-term success of the efforts being made by professional organizations and healthcare experts across the world against COVID-19 cannot be guaranteed without the support of the general public, including business operators and employees.

Employers and employees collaboratively have to work if we are to stop the spread of coronavirus. Considering most of the countries are now moving forward toward re-opening economies with most of the businesses resuming their operations, people should be more aware of the ways that can help contribute to the efforts of containing COVID-19 pandemic.

As people start working on-site, employers should make sure to put up posters promoting respiratory and hand hygiene. Sanitizing hand rub dispensers should be put at prominent places and it must be ensured that they are filled regularly.

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Employers and employees should also look into how important or urgent it is to hold face-to-face meetings. If it can be switched to an online event or a teleconference, it must be done. There should be a response plan in place in case someone develops symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, dry cough, or general sickness/lethargy. The mental health and social consequences of such an event at the workplace must be addressed appropriately.

If required, employers should focus on promoting teleworking as an option for the safety of their employees. People must avoid traveling in a means of public transport if the COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at the community level in the area. Limiting the number of people at the workplace will go a long way in keeping COVID-19 transmission risk to a minimum while ensuring proper social distancing norms.

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No Approved Drug or Chemical For Prevention and Treatment of Coronavirus

The health authorities have time and again requested people not to take any drug or medicines by themselves in an attempt to cure coronavirus. When something is available for the treatment of COVID-19, it will be publicly announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO is already coordinating with the pharmaceutical companies and researchers currently working on the development and evaluation of medicines for COVID-19.

People have been taken by myths that taking malaria drugs or chemicals such as methanol, ethanol, and bleach can prevent or cure coronavirus. However, that is not true.

Chemicals such as methanol, ethanol, and bleach are extremely poisonous and not fit for human consumption. Drinking such fluids can lead to disability and in worse cases, even death. While these chemicals are sometimes used in diluted form to kill viruses on the surface of metals, tiles, and other objects, drinking it only harms the internal organs and has to effect on the virus itself.

The best way to protect yourself against the virus is, therefore, to maintain proper hygiene and follow the norms of social distancing. People are requested to clean their hands regularly using handwash or use an alcohol-based sanitizer. They should avoid touching their mouth, face, nose, and eyes. A facial mask must be worn when in public and distance should be maintained from others.cot

It is wise to disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly at home or the workplace using diluted bleach or alcohol. This will kill the bacteria and viruses and prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

Source: WHO

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COVID-19 Prevention and Safety Measures During Air Travel

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, international air travel has completely come to a halt. This has severely affected medical travelers, who are unable to fly to another country at the moment to seek quality and affordable healthcare abroad.

However, once the international air travel resumes, it will no longer feel the same. The social norms at the airport, airlines, and among the passengers are expected to change once the aviation industry resumes its operations in the post-COVID-19 era.

In the past few weeks, several international passenger airlines have announced a tentative timeline around which they plan to restart their operations, once again allowing people to travel from one country to the other. But there are a lot of things that the airlines and the source and destination airports are working on to make the transit safe and hassle-free to the passengers as well as the crew members.

Coronavirus is here to stay and even the World Health Organization (WHO) says that COVID-19 does not seem like something which will completely go away. While things may improve substantially once a cure or a vaccine is available for COVID-19, people and industries have to independently ensure the safety of their consumers and take all measures proactively to prevent further outbreak or surge in coronavirus cases due to loopholes in their operations.

The same goes for the airlines’ industry as they plan to resume its operations. The airlines and international airlines operators have to be extremely careful to protect the health of its travelers while ensuring that there are no cases of cross-country infections.

From a medical traveler’s point of view, it is important to know what these measures are to feel safe and comfortable before traveling to another country for medical treatment.

A medical traveler’s health, in most cases, is already compromised. They are not like a normal passenger traveling to another country for leisure or business. Therefore, it is all the more important to know what measures the airlines and receiving airport has implemented before knowing that it is alright for them to travel.

While a healthy person’s immunity may be robust enough to ward off infections by itself, medical travelers need to pay special attention to the arrangements that have been made to prevent people against COVID-19 as their immunity may already be compromised.

This article highlights some of the concrete ways by which international commercial airlines and airports are preparing themselves to allow movement of people, including medical travelers. Needless to mention, the sanitization and hygiene protocols will anyway be mandatory at all checkpoints of a travelers’ journey after international commercial flights resume its services.

Limited Flights To Limited Countries

Most of the airline operators around the world are planning to resume commercial flights, domestic as well as international, in a phased approach. Initially, all major flight operators such as Emirates, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, and Lufthansa are planning to resume commercial airlines to selected countries in June 2020 and would gradually expand their reach to other parts of the world in the third quarter of the year.

Resuming commercial airline operations in a phased manner will help in two ways:

  • The countries will get to know if there is any surge in coronavirus cases due to possible infections brought in by a foreign national and whether or not to keep international travel limited.
  • The gradual increase in international traffic will give the airport authorities enough time to ensure that the measures that have adopted are enough for people and if the crowd is conforming to the guidelines concerning social distancing. Any hiccups during the process can be identified and more robust arrangements can be made to ensure passenger safety in the coming times.

Social Distancing at Airports and Inside Flights

The airline operators in India and several other countries have initiated mock drills to train its staff on how to practice and follow social distancing guidelines while handling the travelers when the commercial passenger flights resume as per the schedule.

Most of the busiest airports in the world, including the Frankfurt airport, are also preparing themselves to receive international travelers. They have started to identify the areas where travelers generally have to wait in queues, including security checkpoints, baggage claim, and check-in counters. Efforts have been made already by the airport authorities to ensure that people conform to the rules of social distancing and have at least a 1.5 to 2 feet gap between them.

Some airlines are planning to implement self-check-in from home and provision to add baggage tags by the passengers themselves to avoid unnecessary crowds at the counters.

Several airports are considering using just one or two terminals to operate initially until commercials flights start running in full swing. Measures such as rear boarding, allowing only six passengers to board at a time through step-ladder (with a distance of 3 steps each between them), and keeping the middle row empty between two passengers are some of the rules that certain flight operators and airport authorities are planning to implement.

Deep-Cleaning and Sanitization

Deep-cleaning and sanitization protocols will be mandatorily followed by every airport authority and commercial airline operator once international travel resumes.

Airline operators are expected to carry the sanitization process after every one-way trip. On the other hand, the sanitization process at airports (including for marked areas, trolleys, and railings) will be carried out after every few hours each day as decided by the authorities depending on the number of visitors and daily operating flights.

Restrictions on In-Flight Services, Cabin Baggage

Many airlines are now planning to initially limit the cabin baggage that a person can carry with them to laptops, handbags, and baby items. Emirates, for example, has resumed several flights to certain countries, including those in the European Union. However, certain restrictions are there for the passengers that they have to follow to avoid COVID-19 transmission.

Travelers are now requested to check-in three hours before boarding for the recommended safety procedures. Also, the flight operator has temporarily stopped their lounge and chauffeur services and the distribution of in-flight reading material. The food and beverage services continue to remain available but with certain modifications.

Automated Passenger Screening At Airports

Automation is likely to become common at many international airports, especially the busiest ones. The use of technology involving robotics and bio-metrics is expected to be given high importance because it limits human involvement to carry out important functions, which could be highly useful at the airports.

Automation is also likely to be promoted because passengers would demand minimal human interaction and less need to touch surfaces, both of which can curb the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Therefore, medical travelers can expect to experience a range of contactless and self-service technologies that allows the authorities to conduct virtual health screening using thermal cameras and sensors.

For example, Etihad Airlines is working in close collaboration with Elenium Automation to develop a range of contactless services that can be utilized at health screening kiosks and baggage drop area at the airports with minimal to no human interaction.

Cabin Crew With Face Shields, Masks and Gloves

Gloves and masks have been made mandatory for all employees and staff at the airport and those working with the airlines. However, many airlines have made it mandatory for passengers to weak face masks throughout all stages of their journey.

The cabin crew team and the staff employed on the ground at the airports are now required to wear a protective shield, masks, and gloves to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Etihad Airways Medical Centre has collaborated with Etihad Engineering to produce 3D-printed protective face shields that it plans to distribute among the staff as well as healthcare professionals across the UAE.

Passengers are also encouraged to abide by the rules and follow all guidelines to avoid any confrontation with the staff. Several airlines and airport authorities have released strict instructions for the travelers on the guidelines that they will have to follow, no matter what, at all stages of their travel.

Both Lufthansa and Jet Blue made it mandatory for the passengers to bring their facial mouth/nose covering and that they will inform the passengers of the mandatory requirements through SMS or email a few days before the date of departure.

“We kindly ask you to bring your own face mask and, for the sake of sustainability, we recommend a reusable cloth mask. Of course, you may use any type of face covering, such as simple disposable masks or even scarves. For now, wearing a face mask remains mandatory until August 31, 2020,” reads the official statement issued by Lufthansa.

Virtual Queuing Feature

Many airlines are also expected to implement a virtual queuing feature on their iOS and Android mobile applications. The use of this feature was first announced by Delta Air Lines in January 2020.

“We continue to put boarding under the microscope – looking at how technology can help alleviate some of the crowdings at the gate that all of us have experienced,” Vice President – Global Distribution & Digital Strategy of Delta Air Lines, Rhonda Crawford, said in a statement.

The use of such apps can help reduce crowds at the boarding gates and waiting areas significantly. The passenger will get a notification when their seat is boarding and they can reach the gates then and there. Before that, they can enjoy their time at a restaurant or somewhere in isolation, while practicing social distancing.

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What is COVID19-Related Inflammatory Syndrome In Children?

A rare and life-threatening COVID19-related inflammatory syndrome is rampant in children in the US and the European Union. Children with this mysterious illness – that resembles Kawasaki Disease – show symptoms such as rashes, persistent high fever, inflammation, and loss of functioning of multiple organs such as heart, kidneys, and liver.

Data from New York City shows that out of 83 children who were admitted to the hospital with severe illness and similar symptoms, 25 tested positive for coronavirus. Besides, 23 tested positive for antibodies against COVID-19, which means that they must have contracted infection but recovered.

This has come as a surprise as well as a shock for the public health experts because, since the initial days of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been believed that children are at less risk of getting coronavirus infection. Traditionally, the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions such as obesity, heart disease, and pulmonary disorders have been considered as high-risk groups.

Therefore, while there is no cure or vaccine for coronavirus, parents should look for the warning signs of the COVID19-related inflammatory syndrome in children and rush to the hospital immediately in case of severe sickness.

Some of the symptoms that children may show include the following:

  • Persistent high fever
  • Rashes
  • Breathlessness
  • Severe sickness
  • Vomiting

Such children have been reported to suffer from extreme inflammation of the gut and reduction in the functioning of multiple organs. Therefore, it becomes all the more important to seek emergency medical care and report any signs of extreme sickness in children.

References: https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/multisystem-inflammatory-syndrome-in-children-and-adolescents-with-covid-19

https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/05/14/covid19inflammatory051420

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Tips On Providing Mental Support To Others Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Your little act of kindness can provide the much needed mental health support to those suffering from depression, loneliness, stress, and negative thinking amid the COVID19 pandemic.

Fear, stress, and worry are considered a normal reaction in humans to real of perceived threats. Now that the entire world is battling COVID-19 and is scared for its health and that of its loved ones, people are all the more likely to experience fear in context to the pandemic.

To the fear, add changes to the daily schedule, loss of employment, partial loss of income, inability to meet or visit family, ongoing health crisis, and added responsibility of home-schooling children. People have a lot on their plates at the moment and therefore, they have occupied physically ad well as mentally, which may lead to a point where they feel completely exhausted.

Everyone reacts differently to a stressful situation. While some may be able to handle the situation better while maintaining a positive outlook, others may find it tough and challenging to cope up with the changes in life.

Therefore, there is an additional need to take care of such people and maintain a constant touch with each other to support each other in the time of crisis.

Some of the warning signs that indicate that the other person, whether a child or an adult, could be suffering from excessive stress and anxiety include the following:

  • Excessive irritation or crying
  • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
  • Difficulty concentrating on things
  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Avoiding a hobby or another favorite activity
  • Excessive use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco
  • General avoidance concerning normal conversations

References: https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/managing-mental-health-during-covid-19

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Best Ways to Engage with Kids during COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown

COVID19 is a universal crisis, which has an impact on children as well. With a restriction on playing outdoor games to just hanging out with their friends, the lock-down measures can severely impact their physical as well as mental well-being.

Therefore, parents need to spend time with their kids of all age groups and help them understand how to cope with such situations. Parents, especially those of teenagers, should pay attention to the warning signs of social isolation and engage in activities that limit their screen time on mobile, laptops, and i-Pads.

How-to-engage-with-kids during COVID - Pandemic

Parents should engage with their kids as much as possible, irrespective of their age group. It is also important to notice the warning signs of anxiety and stress among children. As a majority of parents around the world are working from home currently, it is easy for them to overlook the need of their child as they juggle to complete their domestic as well as official duties.

A few questions that parents should ask themselves when it comes to the behavior of their children during state-at-home orders include the following:

  • Is my child trying to grab my attention?
  • Is my child spending too much time online or over the phone?
  • Has my child’s eating habits changed during the lock-down?
  • How much time does my child spend in self-isolation?
  • Has my child’s sleeping pattern changed dramatically during the lock-down?
  • Is my child pursuing any hobby?
  • Does he or she engage or participate in family conversations?
  • Do I know what my child’s day is like and how his or her friends are doing?

Answering these questions may call for some self-introspection and the parents will automatically get an answer to what they need to do to make a difference in their child’s like and make them more productive, comfortable, and engaged during the lock-down phase.

References: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19-parenting-tips

https://patient.info/news-and-features/covid-19-how-to-keep-kids-active-during-coronavirus-lockdown

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Best Ways to Prevent COVID-19 Cyber Scams

COVID-19 could be a perfect opportunity for cyber scammers and hackers to execute what they are good at. Do not let anyone take advantage of you, financially or otherwise, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cyber scammers can target the population in the following ways:

  • By Sending Suspicious Links Over SMS, Email or Social Media

Hackers may send suspicious links, which may harm you in several ways if you click it. From compromising with the data in your system or mobile on which you clicked the link to enabling a virus attack, hackers know of plenty of ways to target different categories of people. Therefore, do not click any suspicious link to see what is in it.

  • By Sending HOAX Information related to COVID-19 Treatment and Vaccine

So far, no treatment or vaccine is available for COVID-19. Therefore, hackers may try to feed people with false information and influence their opinion and decision. This spread of false information can potentially prove lethal for many as they may decide to follow the methods highlighted. Therefore, do not believe information from unverified sources and always refer to credible sources such as the WHO and CDC.

  • By Making a Request For Charity

This is one of the leading online scams of all time. Hackers and cyber scammers may try to loot your money by claiming that they are making donations or collecting funds for COVID-19 relief. However, this may not be true. Therefore, before making any donations, check for the credibility of the organization they are referring to and always prefer to donate useful material such as clothes, grains, and pulses rather than making cash donations.

  • By Asking For Financial or Banking Data

Random callers may ask you for sensitive financial data, credit card number, CVV number, card expiry, or bank account details by claiming that they will make your money secure. During the COVID-19 crisis, people may fall into the trap of cyber scammers. Please know that the bank does not ask for such crucial information over the phone and therefore, you should not give it to anyone, no matter what claims they make.

References: https://safety.google/securitytips-covid19/

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/03/06/defending-against-covid-19-cyber-scams

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