COVID-19 Related Drug Shortage in U.S. Because China Supplies Most Ingredients

COVID-19 Related Drug Shortage in U.S. Because China Supplies Most Ingredients

Story Highlights The FDA has reported its first drug shortage as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Many drug ingredients and finished drug products used in the U.S are sourced and manufactured in China. The possibility of potential drug shortages highlights the issue of how the U.S. is heavily reliant on China for […]

Doctors in India and U.S. Get Big Money and Gifts from Pharma

Doctors in India and U.S. Get Big Money and Gifts from Pharma

The Madras High Court in India stated that 8,667 pharmaceutical companies have claimed income tax deduction on the freebies they give to doctors as “sales promotion expenses” and “gifts” in their tax return for the year 2019-20.1 In January 2020, the Court had taken suo motu cognizance (when courts in India take a case on […]

African Swine Fever Vaccine May Worsen Outbreaks of the Disease in Pigs

African Swine Fever Vaccine May Worsen Outbreaks of the Disease in Pigs

Story Highlights Chinese researchers announced that they have developed a vaccine for African swine fever. Currently, there are multiple outbreaks of African swine fever in pig populations in Asia and in many countries in the European Union. Other researchers have argued that fast tracking an African swine fever vaccine can worsen outbreaks, particularly when using […]

Adenovirus Based Coronavirus Vaccine Being Tested

Adenovirus Based Coronavirus Vaccine Being Tested

Greffex, Inc., a privately-held, multinational genetic engineering company headquartered in Houston, Texas has announced that it has completed development of a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The vaccine will now proceed to testing in laboratory animals under supervision by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and regulatory agencies in China.1 Greffex Got $18.9M from […]

Medical Errors Harm Up to 25 Percent of Patients in Outpatient Care

Medical Errors Harm Up to 25 Percent of Patients in Outpatient Care

A white paper released in January 2020 by the Foundation for the Innovation and Development of Health Safety shows that 20-25 percent of patients are harmed by medical errors in primary and ambulatory care (outpatient) in both developed countries like the U.S. and Europe and in developing countries. Primary and ambulatory care is one of […]

Moderna to Use New mRNA Technology to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

Moderna to Use New mRNA Technology to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

Story Highlights In light of the coronavirus outbreak, three research teams have been awarded grants by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. In a public-private partnership with NIH, Moderna, Inc. is using an experimental mRNA technology to develop a vaccine. Johnson & Johnson and other drug companies […]

Coronavirus Vaccines on Fast Track as WHO Declares Global Public Health Emergency

Coronavirus Vaccines on Fast Track as WHO Declares Global Public Health Emergency

A novel strain of a coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019 and, by the middle of January, thousands of Chinese citizens were sick. According to Johns Hopkins University Center for Science and Engineering, as of Jan. 30, 2020 there were 217 deaths among 9,776 confirmed coronavirus […]

Massachusetts Health Care Workers Refusing Free Flu Shots

Massachusetts Health Care Workers Refusing Free Flu Shots

Story Highlights Hundreds of health care workers in Massachusetts are declining the annual flu shot. Health care worker flu shot requirements vary from state to state. A recent study questions the scientific validity of mandating annual influenza vaccinations for hospital workers. Hundreds of health care workers in Massachusetts, including those in nursing homes and kidney […]

New Technology to Store Vaccination History in the Body

New Technology to Store Vaccination History in the Body

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) News reported that researchers at the university have developed a way to record a person’s vaccination history and store the data in a pattern of dye, invisible to the naked eye, by infusing it under the skin at the same time the vaccine is given.1 The idea is to […]

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