The articles in this collection are from BioWorld’s ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. They are available for free with registration. Note that we have added three critical tables, which are continuously updated:
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been aggressively pursuing fraud perpetrated on the American public in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the formal end of the U.S. public health emergency might seem to suggest that these efforts would be winding down. Nonetheless, deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco has announced that DOJ will open two new strike force offices under the agency’s COVID fraud operations, making clear that the agency is still intent on chasing down fraudsters across the U.S.
Med-tech happenings, including deals and partnerships, grants, preclinical data and other news in brief: Angiodynamics, Body Vision, Cue, Femasys, Hemosonics, Invo, Kral Medical, Prism Technologies, Paragon Care, Shockwave Medical, Tandem.
Anbio Biotechnology Ltd. launched the Anbio AF-100S, an automated, compact and affordable fluorescent immunoassay (FIA) solution that it hopes will transform the field of clinical diagnostics and empower healthcare providers. The AF-100S FIA is a handheld point-of-care immunodiagnostic solution that provides rapid, accurate and reliable results for a wide range of analytes.
A day after a U.S. House committee, on a party-line vote, advanced two bills to reauthorize emergency preparedness programs, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 17-3 July 20 to send its bipartisan reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act to the Senate floor with a do-pass recommendation.
The intellectual property waivers for American vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic are still controversial, but the World Health Organization (WHO) is nonetheless seeking a similar set of waivers for therapies and tests for COVID. A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee met June 6 to review these waivers, and subcommittee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he intends to continue pushing legislation that would require the U.S. president to obtain congressional approval for agreeing to any such waivers in the future.
U.S. FDA inspections are not always a pleasant experience, particularly when the end result is a warning letter. One company, Sea-Long Medical Systems LLC of Waxahachie, Texas, says the experience was a positive experience in that the company’s new ownership gained an important appreciation for the necessary rigors of medical device manufacturing.
Even though COVID-19 is transitioning from pandemic to endemic across the world, it will remain first in mind as U.S. lawmakers look to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) this year to ensure the country is better prepared for future threats. With a Sept. 30 deadline for reauthorizing PAHPA, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has its work cut out for it. But it won’t be starting from scratch. In opening a May 4 hearing on the reauthorization, HELP Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the committee would build on the efforts started last year under then-Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and now-retired Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-N.C.).
With the COVID-19 public health emergency ending in the U.S. next week, Congress is looking to use the lessons learned from the pandemic to draft a new iteration of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act to ensure the country is better prepared for the next pandemic.