U.S. arms makers and medical device firms team up to make ventilators; U.S. steers clear of global COVID vaccine pledging conference and more
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U.S. arms makers and medical device firms team up to make ventilators; U.S. steers clear of global COVID vaccine pledging conference and more

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. U.S. arms makers and medical device firms team up to make ventilators U.S. weapons makers have teamed up with medical device companies to increase the supply of ventilators that can be used to combat the coronavirus pandemic, people working on the project said. The […]

EMA Panel Backs Generic for MS Drug Fingolimod (Gilenya)
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EMA Panel Backs Generic for MS Drug Fingolimod (Gilenya)

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended approval of a generic version of fingolimod (Gilenya, Novartis) for highly active relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). The product, Fingolimod Accord (Accord Healthcare), will available as 0.5 mg capsules. Fingolimod was first approved in Europe in 2011. Studies have […]

Pediatric Influenza Deaths in US Second Highest on Record: CDC
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Two Rare Neurologic Conditions Linked to COVID-19

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. Two rare neurologic conditions in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 add more evidence that unusual neurologic manifestations can arise in patients infected with the virus. A 50-year-old man developed Miller Fisher syndrome and a 39-year-old man developed polyneuritis cranialis. Both are variants […]

Hospital Hacks, Tips for Small Practices
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Office Visits Decimated, No ‘Vaccine Nationalism’

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape’s editors around the globe think you need to know about today:  Vaccine Access and Equity Equitable access to a successful vaccine will be the key to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as the disease spreads […]

European Cancer Centers Restructure Care in the Era of COVID-19
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European Cancer Centers Restructure Care in the Era of COVID-19

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. Delivering cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic has proven particularly challenging, as minimizing the risk of infection must be balanced with maintaining optimal outcomes. Healthcare systems and oncologists have had to reorganize standard oncologic care in order to protect vulnerable patients […]

European Parliament postpones EU MDR
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European Parliament postpones EU MDR

The European Parliament has voted to postpone the enforcement of European Medical Devices Regulation (EU MDR) to allow companies to focus on fighting Covid-19. EU MDR applies to all manufacturers selling medical devices within Europe and aims to provide greater protection of public health and safety. The legislation will now come in to force on 26th […]

The Latest: More than 1 million European cases of virus
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The Latest: More than 1 million European cases of virus

A medical staffer gestures after performing swabs for coronavirus in the Santa Cecilia nursing home in Civitavecchia, near Rome, Saturday, April 17, 2020. A scandal over coronavirus infections and deaths in Italy’s nursing homes took on broader dimensions Friday, with the National Institutes of Health conservatively estimating that at least 6,773 residents had died since […]

Only Some Cases Are Like Severe ADRS
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Only Some Cases Are Like Severe ADRS

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. More details on the “remarkable combination” of distinctive features seen in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia are outlined by the Italian clinicians who warned that protocol-driven ventilator use could be doing more harm than good in some patients. Luciano Gattinoni, MD, from […]

Virtual Conference, COVID-19 TikTok, DIY Masks
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NEJM Remdesivir Article Divides Twitter

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. New data published in the New England Journal of Medicine about the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir (Gilead) have been dominating the conversation on Medical Twitter for days. The report suggests the drug may be useful in fighting the novel coronavirus, but […]