Month: March 2020

Trump administration in talks with India to avoid U.S. drug supply shortage

Trump administration in talks with India to avoid U.S. drug supply shortage

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials are asking India to lift restrictions to give the U.S. access to pharmaceutical ingredients to produce a range of drugs amid fears of a U.S. drug supply shortage prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The two governments are holding discussions aimed at easing new restrictions on pharmaceutical exports from India, which New Delhi introduced to ensure that the country would have medicine needed to handle the pandemic inside its borders, the sources said.

With the coronavirus potentially disrupting the global supply chain for medicine, India earlier this month restricted the export of 26 pharmaceutical ingredients and the medicines made from them, including acetaminophen — a common pain reliever. India, the world’s leading supplier of generic drugs, is a key source for active pharmaceutical ingredients used to produce a range of medicines.

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Sailors stand by to participate in sea and anchor detail before USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Naval Base San Diego, March 23. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tim Heaps)

‘Navy medicine trains for this sort of mission’

The U.S. Navy Ship Mercy arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on Friday morning, just days after it was deployed to assist in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic.

The Mercy, which normally handles combat casualty care, transformed into a civilian hospital with 1,000 beds to assist the overwhelmed hospital systems in the Los Angeles area. Acting as a referral hospital, the ship will only treat non-COVID-19 patients, and will include a wide range of care and surgical services, except obstetrics and pediatrics.

“This is definitely a unique opportunity for me. I’ve never really seen anything like it, particularly the speed with which everyone came together to move forward with this mission,” Commanding officer Captain John Rotruck told Yahoo Finance on Thursday.

“Navy medicine trains for the sort of mission,” he added. “We train to be agile, we train to be resilient, and do anything that

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Tua Tagovailoa’s doctor lauds rehab process

Suffering a freaky football injury can be prohibitive enough for a star as they prepare for a professional career, but the timing of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s rehab hit the most unexpected roadblock with the global coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has completely changed the way people are living, and the effect has dramatically altered the NFL offseason, particularly the 2020 NFL draft cycle. The pro day that Tagovailoa had tentatively slated for April 9 was canceled, along with all workouts for prospects across the country.

Tagovailoa’s situation is unique. He suffered a dislocated hip and posterior hip wall fracture against Mississippi State on Nov. 16, an injury that Dr. Chip Routt repaired two days later in Houston. Tagovailoa returned to Alabama for rehab at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center for three months before teams doctors from all 32 franchises scrutinized the possible top-10 pick at the NFL scouting

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"Ahsoka is becoming the woman we know from Rebels"

“Ahsoka is becoming the woman we know from Rebels”

Warning: This review contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 episode 6

While the first episode of Ahsoka’s season 7 arc floundered slightly, the second episode – “Deal No Deal” – soars ahead at hyperspeed, deepening characterizations and tying her journey back into the Clone Wars. 

It certainly felt like last week’s episode was all filler and no killer, kneecapping Ahsoka’s journey by tangling her up with your stereotypical Star Wars “scummy-with-a-heart-of-gold” types. Trace and Rafa Martez initially seemed like your typical Coruscant crime lord wannabes, but this episode gives them more breathing room and allows their roles to become clearer. 

Rafa has agreed to a job that has red flags flying all over it: running spice from Kessel. Yep, that Kessel. Ahsoka tags along, despite Rafa’s protestations as she believes that “everyone plays an angle” and is trying to figure out Ahsoka’s. The former padawan,

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Alicia Bligen, RN, works in a cardiac ICU in central New Jersey. On top of concerns about catching the coronavirus, she's also worried about a shortage of the medicine she takes to function. (Photo: Alicia Bligen)

ICU nurse with lupus faces shortage of medicine and coronavirus protective gear

It’s a trying time to be a healthcare worker in America. But for Alicia Bligen, a nurse with lupus who works in a cardiac intensive care unit in New Jersey, it’s uniquely perilous. In a state with more than 13,000 cases of the coronavirus, Bligen has two separate but equal concerns — and both revolve around supplies.

For one, she’s concerned about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) at her hospital, especially as a person with an autoimmune disease (meaning she’s more at risk of serious infection). On top of it — in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration approving the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for treatment of COVID-19 — she’s concerned about a potential shortage of the medicine she takes to function.

Bligen was diagnosed in about 2014 with lupus, an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own tissues, causing symptoms such as severe joint

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NYC med students will be allowed to join the coronavirus fight

NYC med students will be allowed to join the coronavirus fight

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. is now about 165,000 people and more than 3,100 people have died nationwide. Now, at least three New York City medical schools have made an unprecedented move to aid in the battle against the pandemic.

Located in the epicenter of the outbreak in North America, New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons have announced that students in the 2020 graduating class will be allowed to finish early to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

Students at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons will graduate in just two weeks on April 15 and they will immediately be offered temporary employment at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital “to help with the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a letter sent to final year students.

The school reassured its students that they were ready

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Edited Transcript of POXEL.PA earnings conference call or presentation 26-Mar-20 6:30pm GMT

LYON Mar 27, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Poxel SA earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:30:00pm GMT

* David E. Moller

* Jonae R. Barnes

Poxel SA – Co-Founder & Executive VP of Early Development & Translational Medicine

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Poxel conference call.

I now hand it over to Jonae Barnes. Madam, please go ahead.

Jonae R. Barnes, Poxel SA – SVP of IR & Public Relations [2]

Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Poxel’s Full Year 2019 Financial Results and Corporate Update Investor Conference Call. I’m Jonae Barnes, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Public Relations. With me on the call, Thomas Kuhn, CEO; Anne Renevot, CFO. Also joining us today are David Moller, CSO; Noah Beerman, President of U.S. Operations and EVP of Business Development; Sebastian Bolze, Chief Operating Officer, EVP, Nonclinical and Manufacturing Operations; and Pascale … Read More

Europe sells medicine to Tehran in first bypass of US sanctions, as Iran grapples with coronavirus outbreak

Europe sells medicine to Tehran in first bypass of US sanctions, as Iran grapples with coronavirus outbreak

The United Kingdom, Germany and France announced the first sale of goods to Iran using a bartering mechanism called Instex established to bypass harsh United States sanctions on the country, which is battling a major outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The transaction involves the sale of EUR 500,000 of medicine by a private company in Germany to a firm in Iran, sources with knowledge of the deal told The Independent. The products are unrelated to coronavirus, said a diplomatic source.

“That’s not to say that the mechanism couldn’t be used to help with the pandemic effort in Iran,” said a diplomatic source.

Though unrelated, the sale could help alleviate pressure on a public health system reeling under the impact of an outbreak, which has officially killed nearly 2,900 people in Iran, infected at least 44,000 and at its peak was causing a fatality every 10 minutes.

The deal also

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How anesthesia machines can help hospitals with ventilator shortages fight coronavirus

How anesthesia machines can help hospitals with ventilator shortages fight coronavirus

Anticipating ongoing shortages of ventilator machines as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, states and hospitals are preparing to convert anesthesia machines for use on COVID-19 patients in need of breathing assistance.

The effort to utilize anesthesia gas machines, approved by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this week, could make tens of thousands of additional machines available for the fight against the coronavirus.

The mechanical ventilators in such short supply around the world support critically-ill COVID-19 patients by helping them breathe, using a pump and a breathing tube to support weakened lung function.

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Using computer-driven technology, the most advanced models include sophisticated software that provides doctors with immediate feedback on

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Wife sick after husband hid coronavirus symptoms to visit her in the maternity ward

Wife sick after husband hid coronavirus symptoms to visit her in the maternity ward

A man who had been exposed to the coronavirus and who was himself feeling sick hid his symptoms from the staff at a New York hospital so he could join his expectant wife in the maternity center.

He confessed only when his wife began to show symptoms of COVID-19 shortly after giving birth at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The incident, which occurred in the last week, is a fresh example of the need for extreme caution – and honesty – when it comes to the highly communicable virus.

The incident helped motivate a UR Medicine announcement Monday that it would begin taking the temperatures of the relatively small number of visitors being allowed into Strong, Highland and three other affiliated hospitals with maternity services.

The change is the second announced Monday. UR Medicine, along with Rochester Regional Health, said it would require staff, patients and visitors to wear surgical masks in

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