The COVID-19 global pandemic, overcrowding of hospitals, the highly contagious virus affecting healthcare professionals and unrelated illnesses has led to a more than 1,000 percent increase of telemed application downloads and memberships. Is this a paradigm shift?

The U.S. FDA gave Nabriva Therapeutics a thumbs-up for the company’s oral and intravenous formulations of Xenleta (lefamulin) to treat community-acquired bacterial pneumonia in adults.

Opiant Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced an agreement with Sanofi to manufacture Opiant’s investigational agent OPNTOO4 (drinabant) for the treatment of Acute Cannabinoid Overdose.

(Reuters Health) – U.S. emergency rooms are increasingly running short on medications, including many that are needed for life-threatening conditions, a recent study documents. Since 2008, the number of shortages has risen by more than 400 percent, researchers found. Half of all emergency room shortages were for life-saving drugs, and for one in 10 there […]

(Reuters Health) – In a new study, people who arrive at the emergency room with severe low back pain didn’t experience more relief with muscle relaxants or opioids than with over-the-counter painkillers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone offered as much relief as more powerful painkillers. This was surprising, said lead author Dr. Benjamin W. Friedman […]

(Reuters Health) Dietary supplements – those “all natural” products people consume for weight loss, extra energy or to self-treat various conditions – send 23,000 people, many of them children, to the emergency room in the U.S. each year, according to a new estimate. Just over 9 percent require hospitalization. Many patients report heart symptoms. The […]

A new blood test might help doctors figure out faster whether someone’s having a heart attack. The test reliably told doctors which patients were not having heart attacks after only one blood sample, compared to the current method that requires several hours and multiple blood samples, researchers found. “The ultimate goal would be to have […]