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This channel includes news and new technology innovations for cardiovascular pharmaceutics. This includes antiplatelet agents, anticoagulation drugs, INR testing, NOAC, OAC, IV administered drugs such as Heprin, and dual antiplatelet therapy.

The FDA has determined chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not effective at treating novel coronavirus and revoked its earlier emergency use authorization (EUA) for the drugs to be used in COVID-19 patients. FDA says hydroxychloroquine does not work to treat COVID-19.Getty Images #COVID19 #COVID19update #SARSCoV2

The FDA has determined chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are not effective at treating novel coronavirus and revoked its earlier emergency use authorization (EUA) for the drugs to be used in COVID-19 patients. Getty Images 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | June 15, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
June 15, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) that...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 28, 2020
Interview with Andrew D. Krahn, M.D.,FHRS, head of the division of cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital, and professor of...
WHO Database Shows Serious Health Impact of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin Being Used to Treat COVID-19. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #Hydroxychloroquine
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020 — Two of the front-line drugs being used to treat COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) patients are hydroxychloroquine...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | May 18, 2020
Marianne Pop, Pharm.D., BCPS, a clinical pharmacist and clinical assistant professor with the regional pharmacy program...
Icosapent Ethyl (Vascepa) significantly Reduces Revascularizations in Statin Patients in the REDUCE-IT REVASC analyses presented as a late-breaking study at SCAI 2020. Photo by Dave Fornell

Icosapent Ethyl (Vascepa) significantly reduces revascularizations in statin patients based on data from the REDUCE-IT REVASC analyses, presented as a late-breaking study at SCAI 2020. Photo by Dave Fornell

News | Pharmaceuticals | May 17, 2020
May 17, 2020 – Patients with high lipid levels have an increased risk for ischemic events, despite statin therapy....
The Boston Scientific Synergy stent uses a unique abluminal, bioresorbable drug-carrier polymer that dissolves after the vessel wall has healed months after the stent is implanted. Stent polymers have been implicated in cases of late-stent thrombosis, which required patients with DES to stay on dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). This study looked at using the device as a way to shorten DAPT duration. #SCAI2020

The Boston Scientific Synergy stent uses a unique abluminal, bioresorbable drug-carrier polymer that dissolves after the vessel wall has healed months after the stent is implanted. Stent polymers have been implicated in cases of late-stent thrombosis, which required patients with DES to stay on dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). This study looked at using the device as a way to shorten DAPT duration.

News | Stents | May 17, 2020
May 17, 2020 – A new study sought to reveal whether drug-eluting stents (DES) coated with bioabsorbable polymer (BP)...
Etripamil Nasal Spray Does Not Meet Primary Endpoint in Treating Supraventricular Tachycardia in the NODE-301 trial presented at Heart Rhythm 2020. #heartrhythm2020 #HRS2020
News | EP Lab | May 13, 2020
May 13, 2020 — The patient-administered nasal spray drug etripamil did not meet its primary endpoint in treating...
The Swiss-AF study shows High Incidence Of Silent Brain Infarcts Found in Anticoagulated Atrial Fibrillation Patients. #Heartrhythm2020 #HRS20 #HRS2020
News | Atrial Fibrillation | May 08, 2020
May 8, 2020 – A new clinical study found that patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) experienced a high incidence of...
There have been several safety reports to the FDA that COVID-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, either aloneaths and Injuries From Use of Antimalarial Drugs in COVID-19 Patients. he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication today reminding doctors there are serious side effects when using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in the off-lable use to treat COVID-19 patients. This includes potentially life-threatening heart rhythms. #COVID19 #SARScov2

There have been several safety reports to the FDA that COVID-19 patients receiving hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, either alone or combined with azithromycin or other QT prolonging medicines, have caused serious These adverse events, including death. Events reported included QT interval prolongation, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 24, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
April 23, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication today reminding doctors...
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) released a list of the latest practice-changing presentations at the ACC.20 annual meeting March 28-30, 2020, in Chicago. This includes five late-breaking clinical trial (LBCT) sessions and three featured clinical research sessions. There also are two LBCT deep-dive sessions where the experts will break down the hottest trials and attendees can find out what the impact might be on the practice of cardiology and patients.
Feature | ACC | April 09, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here is the list of American College of Cardiology (ACC) practice-changing late-breaking study presentations at the ACC...
ACE and ARBs provide benefit to cardiac patients and harm to COVID-19 patients remains unproven, NEJM
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 08, 2020
April 8, 2020 — There has been debate in the past month or so during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic whether...
Patients with worsening heart failure and reduced ejection fraction who received the investigational drug vericiguat had a significantly lower rate of cardiovascular death or heart failure hospitalization compared with those receiving a placebo, based on research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC) #ACC20/#WCCardio
News | Heart Failure | March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020 — Patients with worsening heart failure and reduced ejection fraction who received the investigational...
POPULAR TAVR trial Shows Oral Anticoagulants Alone in atrial fibrillation  (AF) Patients Reduces Bleeding Post TAVR, transcatheter aortic valve replacement. #ACC20 #ACC2020
News | Atrial Fibrillation | March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020 — Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who took oral anticoagulants alone after undergoing...
Scott Wright, M.D., Mayo Clinic, presenting the results at ACC on the two-dose a year LDL-lowering drug inclisiran, which had a significant reduction in LDL in the ORION Trial. #ACC20 #ACC2020

Scott Wright, M.D., Mayo Clinic, presenting the results at ACC on the two-dose a year LDL-lowering drug inclisiran, which had a significant reduction in LDL in the ORION Trial.

News | Pharmaceuticals | March 28, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
March 28. 2020 — Among adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, those who received the drug inclisiran...
Dapagliflozin Reduces Heart Failure Worsening and Death in DAPA-HF Sub-analysis. #ACC20 #ACC2020
News | Heart Failure | March 28, 2020
March 28, 2020 — New data from a sub-analysis of the landmark Phase III DAPA-HF (Dapagliflozin And Prevention of...