Month: February 2021

STAT+: Sen. Cassidy explains why he’s backing a bill aimed at drug-resistant bacteria

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the damage that an uncontrolled infectious disease can cause society. It’s something experts have been warning about for decades, yet society was unprepared. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria represent a similar risk. Starting with penicillin, antibiotics transformed the practice of medicine, making diseases like pneumonia curable and more complicated surgeries possible. But now […]

FDA advisory panel endorses Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine

An advisory panel on Friday recommended the Food and Drug Administration grant an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, which would become the third vaccine authorized in the United States and the first to require a single shot. In a statement issued shortly after the vote, the […]

STAT+: Pharmalittle: Sarepta wins another FDA nod; Germans balk at AstraZeneca vaccine

Good morning, one and all. Damian Garde here, filling in for Ed Silverman in the waning hours of a normal workweek made to feel that much longer by the truncated one that preceded it. The weather is slowly tilting toward the pleasant in at least this part of the world, an invitation to spend some […]

STAT+: Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings

Hired someone new and exciting? Promoted a rising star? Finally solved that hard-to-fill spot? Share the news with us, and we’ll share it with others. That’s right. Send us your changes, and we’ll find a home for them. Don’t be shy. Everyone wants to know who is coming and going. And here is our regular […]

Opinion: Sen. Rand Paul misunderstands transgender medicine. Here’s the truth

In a tense exchange on Thursday during the Senate confirmation hearing of Dr. Rachel Levine, President Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health, Sen. Rand Paul exposed his lack of understanding about — or perhaps prejudice against — transgender youth. After misrepresenting transgender health care as genital mutilation, Paul (R-Ky.), an ophthalmologist, asked Levine, an […]

‘We’re not there yet’: Biden officials issue somber warning about uptick in Covid-19 cases

WASHINGTON — Biden administration officials on Friday warned of a “very concerning” uptick in Covid-19 cases this week, urging Americans not to let down their guard despite an ongoing vaccination campaign and case rates that are substantially lower than their peak last month. “We may be done with the virus, but clearly the virus is […]

STAT+: Cigna’s Evernorth to acquire telehealth company MDLive

Riding a wave of pandemic-fueled momentum for virtual care, Cigna subsidiary Evernorth is acquiring telehealth provider MDLive, the companies announced Friday. The news marks a significant strategic pivot for MDLive — which had at one point planned to go public at the start of the year — and reflects broader shifts in the virtual care […]

Opinion: Superspreaders take note: 7 chances to keep up the good work before herd immunity sets in

Like so many other Americans, we were green with envy as we watched football fans swarming the streets of Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, and again when they clogged the parade route during the team’s victory flotilla a few days later. We, too, wanted to yell and sing and chant and […]

FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, the third vaccine to be cleared for use in the United States and the first that requires only one dose. The vaccine, which has not yet been tested in children or adolescents, was cleared for […]

Opinion: Remembering Bernard Lown: physician, activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner

I have long thought that there are three types of physician. The first is fascinated by the intricacy and complexity of biomedical science. The second finds inspiration in the personal relationship between doctor and patient. The third is committed to the broader context of health, to social justice and to making the world a better […]

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