The pressure is rising on the Trump administration to activate the Defense Production Act (DPA) for the COVID-19 outbreak as the Senate yet again reconsiders an economic stimulus package. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) unveiled the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act in an effort to force the White House to mandate the production of needed supplies, a bill that is likely to languish until Congress can move on economic relief legislation.
Medtronic plc, of Dublin, has had a busy week. On Tuesday, it reported that it had received breakthrough device designation from the U.S. FDA for its Valiant TAAA stent graft system for the minimally invasive repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA).