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Study Finds Patients With Lung Cancer Infected With COVID-19 Are at High Risk for Hospitalization
https://ascopost.com/news/may-2020/study-finds-patients-with-lung-cancer-infected-with-covid-19-recently-treated-with-chemotherapy-at-higher-risk-of-death/

May 29th, 2020 - Data from the global TERAVOLT Consortium, which is investigating the impact of COVID-19 infection on patients with thoracic cancers, have found that these patients are at high risk for hospitalization and death. Prior use of chemotherapy was associated with an increased risk of mortality, as was the use of steroids or anticoagulants. Prior administration of immunotherapy and chemoimmunotherapy ...

COVID-19-Related Mortality Risk Increases With Recent Chemotherapy in Thoracic Cancer
https://www.targetedonc.com/view/covid-19-related-mortality-risk-increases-with-recent-chemotherapy-in-thoracic-cancer

May 28th, 2020 - The risk of death in patients with thoracic cancer was inflated with the administration of chemotherapy within 3 months of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnosis, findings from the global TERAVOLT Consortium registry show.

Food bioactives, micronutrients, immune function and COVID-19
http://www.isnff-jfb.com/index.php/JFB/article/view/136/236

The development of targeted therapeutics against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is highly desirable butmay present a challengein the foreseeable future.Adequate nutrition is a prerequisite of an optimally functioning immune system.Nutritional approaches,including the administration of food bioactives and micronutrients, may therefore have the potential to augmentimmune function a...

Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

Clinicians considering diagnostic testing of people with possible COVID-19 should continue to work with their local and state health departments to coordinate testing through public health laboratories, or work with commercial or clinical laboratories using diagnostic tests authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CURE Drug Repurposing Collaboratory
https://c-path.org/programs/cdrc/

The CURE Drug Repurposing Collaboratory (CDRC) is a public-private partnership initiated in June 2020 by C-Path and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in partnership with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). CDRC, in partnership with the FDA-NCATS CURE ID* platform, is a dedicated initiative designed to ca...

Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-based Hand Sanitizers
https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00434.asp
CDC

Most commercially available alcohol-based hand sanitizers or rubs (ABHSR) contain either ethanol or isopropanol as active ingredients. On June 19, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by “Eskbiochem SA de CV” in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol, a “toxic alcohol”, as an active ingredient, which can cause ...

The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel’s Statement on the Emergency Use Authorization of Convalescent Plasma for the Treatment of COVID-19
https://www.covid19treatmentguidelines.nih.gov/statement-on-convalescent-plasma-eua/

On August 23, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)* for COVID-19 convalescent plasma for the treatment of hospitalized patients with COVID-19.1,2 The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) reviewed the available evidence from published and unpublished data on convalescent plasma for the treatment for COVID-19, including the FDA analys...

Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr57e0515a1.htm

These recommendations represent the first statement by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on the use of a live attenuated vaccine for the prevention of herpes zoster (zoster) (i.e., shingles) and its sequelae, which was licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 25, 2006. This report summarizes the epidemiology of zoster and its sequelae, describes the z...

U.S. FDA Approves Evofem Biosciences' Phexxi™ (lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate), the First and Only Non-Hormonal Prescription Gel for the Prevention of Pregnancy
https://evofem.investorroom.com/2020-05-22-U-S-FDA-Approves-Evofem-Biosciences-Phexxi-TM-lactic-acid-citric-acid-and-potassium-bitartrate-the-First-and-Only-Non-Hormonal-Prescription-Gel-for-the-Prevention-of-Pregnancy

Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Phexxi™ (lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate) vaginal gel for the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an on-demand method of contraception.

Is cannabidiol the ideal drug to treat non-motor Parkinson’s disease symptoms?
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00406-019-00982-6
European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience;

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor symptoms such as bradykinesia, rest tremor, postural disturbances, and rigidity. PD is also characterized by non-motor symptoms such as sleep disturbances, cognitive deficits, and psychiatric disorders such as psychosis, depression, and anxiety. The pharmacological treatment for these symptoms is limited in ...

We’re excited to invite you to Preventive Medicine 2020 Online!
https://pm2020.acpm.org/

While we moved our conference online to be socially distant, the future of preventive medicine has never been closer. Preventive Medicine 2020 Online will focus on big, bold, upstream ideas and the people, places, and programs that are making them a reality today. Transformation is only possible with a clear vision, audacious goals, an innovative mindset, and the will to implement new policy...

An Open Letter from Daniel O’Day, Chairman & CEO, Gilead Sciences
https://stories.gilead.com/articles/an-open-letter-from-daniel-oday-june-22

After receiving the green light from the FDA to move forward, Gilead is about to start trials of an inhaled version of remdesivir. We will screen healthy volunteers for Phase 1 trials this week and hope to begin studies in patients with COVID-19 in August. If the trials are successful, this could represent important progress. Remdesivir, our investigational antiviral medicine, is currently give...

E-cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2020
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6937e1.htm?s_cid=mm6937e1_x

The use of any tobacco product by youths is unsafe, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) (1). Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, can harm the developing adolescent brain, and can increase risk for future addiction to other drugs (1). E-cigarette use has increased considerably among U.S. youths since 2011 (1,2). Multiple factors have contributed to this incr...

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers
https://www.cms.gov/files/document/summary-covid-19-emergency-declaration-waivers.pdf

The Trump Administration is taking aggressive actions and exercising regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers as well as, where applicable, authority granted under section 1812(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act) and rapidly expand the Administratio...

Evening versus morning dosing regimen drug therapy for hypertension
https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004184.pub2/abstract

Variation in blood pressure levels display circadian rhythms. The morning surge in blood pressure is known to increase the risk of myocardial events in the first several hours post awakening. A systematic review of the administration‐time‐related‐effects of evening versus morning dosing regimen of antihypertensive drugs in the management of patients with primary hypertension has not been conduc...

Fraudulent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Products
https://www.fda.gov/consumers/health-fraud-scams/fraudulent-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters to firms for selling fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are actively monitoring for any firms marketing products with fraudulent COVID-19 prevention and treatment claims. The FDA is exercising its authority to protect consumers from firms selling un...

Levodopa-induced abnormal involuntary movements correlate with altered permeability of the blood-brain-barrier in the basal ganglia
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5700135/
Scientific Reports;

Chronic levodopa treatment leads to the appearance of dyskinesia in the majority of Parkinson’s disease patients. Neurovascular dysregulation in putaminal and pallidal regions is thought to be an underlying feature of this complication of treatment. We used microPET to study unilaterally lesioned 6-hydroxydopamine rats that developed levodopa-induced abnormal involuntary movements (AIMs) after ...

Lisinopril
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482230/
StatPearls

Lisinopril is classified as an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor and has been available for nearly three decades. Lisinopril has some key features that make it different from enalapril and captopril; 1) it has a long half-life 2) it is hydrophilic, and 3) it is not broken down by the liver.[1] Lisinopril is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the management of hypert...

Amlodipine
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK519508/
StatPearls

Amlodipine is an oral dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker. Compared to nifedipine and other medications in the dihydropyridine class, amlodipine has the longest half-life at 30 to 50 hours. The benefit of such a long half-life is the ability to have once-daily dosing. Amlodipine is available as amlodipine besylate, which was initially approved in 1987 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A Cheap, Simple Way to Control the Coronavirus
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/opinion/coronavirus-tests.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

Simple at-home tests for the coronavirus, some that involve spitting into a small tube of solution, could be the key to expanding testing and impeding the spread of the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration should encourage their development and then fast track approval.