Keeping you up to date on recent developments in cardiology, including: Older siblings’ example turns stem cells into heart cells; Study: High blood pressure meds safe for patients, even during COVID-19 pandemic; COVID-19 spurs fast-tracking of heart, brain health research.
Investors are beginning to show confidence in the financial markets, once again believing that the worst of the ravages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are behind us and that the stringent restrictions on business activity and personal behavior currently in place will be slowly lifted. As a result, stocks in all sectors rallied in April from their March meltdowns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recorded an 11.08% increase in the period, its largest one-month percentage gain since January 1987.
With Gilead Sciences Inc. donating its existing stock of finished and unfinished remdesivir to help address the global COVID-19 pandemic through clinical trials, emergency use authorization (EUA) and compassionate use programs, patient accessibility to the investigational drug will be limited by supply, not price.
LONDON – In a potent demonstration of how COVID-19 is transforming the U.K. clinical trial landscape, 47,000 patients have been recruited to studies investigating potential treatments for the infection in a little over two months.
Regulatory snapshots, including global drug submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Alume, Ascentage, Aspargo, Combioxin, Cytodyn, Freeline, Genetx, Kala, Kempharm, Marinus, Stallergenes Greer, Tolmar, Ultragenyx.
Clinical updates, including trial initiations, enrollment status and data readouts and publications: AC Immune, Allakos, Antibe, Aridis, Athersys, Autifony, Cel-Sci, Diamyd, GSK, Krystal, Leo, Lupin, Marinus, Newron, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Sound Pharma, Targovax, Viriom.
Citing "known and potential benefits" of using Gilead Sciences Inc.'s remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19 that "outweigh the known and potential risks of the drug's use," the FDA has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the antiviral, currently in limited supply, according to the company. Gilead CEO Daniel O’Day, who said the company is working with partners across the globe to ramp up supply, said his team is working with "urgency and responsibility" to meet global needs for the medicine.
Researchers in Guangzhou, China, have developed a nanoparticle-based lateral flow immunoassay that quickly and accurately detects antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. The current test, which works in a similar manner to a pregnancy test, detects IgG antibodies in blood in less than 10 minutes. A proof-of-concept study appeared in Analytical Chemistry this week.