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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 U.S. Government promised to have 20 million people vaccinated by Jan. 1, 2021 with just the Pfizer Vaccine. Even with two vaccines now approved, U.S. vaccinations for COVID stand at less than 4.5 million on Jan. 4, 2020. Getty Images The Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines were hailed as a major accomplishment in modern science and as the beginning of the end for COVID. This very well may be true, but it absolutely will not happen as fast as the government has led us to believe. #COVID19 #COVID #SARScov2

The U.S. Government promised to have 20 million healthcare workers and nursing home residents vaccinated by Jan. 1, 2021 with just the Pfizer vaccine. Even with two vaccines now approved, U.S. vaccinations for COVID stand at less than 4.5 million on Jan. 4, 2020. Getty Images

Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 04, 2021
There was much fanfare over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorizations (EUAs) in December...
Who Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? Roberto Lang, M.D., director of noninvasive cardiac imaging, University of Chicago Medical Center and former American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) president, received his first dose of the COVID vaccine in December. In addition to front line hospital workers, nursing home staff and residents also qualified for the first round of vaccinations. Right, Shannon Yaw, a nurse at a hard-hit nursing home in Michigan, received her first dose just before Christmas.

Roberto Lang, M.D., director of noninvasive cardiac imaging, University of Chicago Medical Center and former American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) president, received his first dose of the COVID vaccine in December. In addition to front line hospital workers, nursing home staff and residents also qualified for the first round of vaccinations. Right, Shannon Yaw, OTR/L, director of rehabilitation at a hard-hit nursing home in Michigan, received her first dose just before Christmas.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 04, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dec. 3, released an interim guidance document  to federal, state,...
Thrombus formation in the aortic arch in a 46-year-old COVID patients in the ICU. Three trials are underway to find which anticoagulant strategy is best to treat moderate and critically ill patients where COVID-causes venous thrombo-embolism (VTE) is a major cause of complications. Image courtesy of Margarita Revzin et al.

Thrombus formation in the aortic arch in a 46-year-old COVID patients in the ICU. Three trials are underway to find which anticoagulant strategy is best to treat moderate and critically ill patients where COVID-causes venous thrombo-embolism (VTE) is a major cause of complications. Image courtesy of Margarita Revzin et al. 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 23, 2020
December 23, 2020 — Three clinical trial platforms working together to test the effects of full doses of anticoagulants...
The FDA December 18 issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a second COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #Vaccine

The FDA December 18 issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a second COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 23, 2020
December 23, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration December 18 issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) Dec, 12 for the COVID-19 vaccine submitted by Pfizer Inc. in partnership with BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH. It is the first mRNA vaccine to gain an FDA clearance and the first COVID vaccine to gain FDA clearance.  #COVID #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #vaccine #COVIDVaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) Dec. 12 for the COVID-19 vaccine submitted by Pfizer Inc. in partnership with BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH. It is the first mRNA vaccine to gain an FDA clearance and the first COVID vaccine to gain FDA clearance. 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | December 14, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
December 14, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for...
RIVER trial is the largest study assessing the efficacy and safety of the anticoagulant rivaroxaban in patients with an artificial mitral valve to correct an irregular heart rhythm
News | November 18, 2020
November 18, 2020 — The primary results from the RIVER Trial, Rivaroxaban for Valvular Heart disease and Atrial...
Omega-3 fish oil supplements did not help patients after a heart attack in AHA 2020 study. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020. Getty Images

Omega-3 fish oil supplements did not help patients after a heart attack. Getty Images

News | Pharmaceuticals | November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020 — A daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the risk of cardiac events, including secondary...
Among high-risk, chronic, coronary patients who undergo angioplasty, there were no additional benefits from ticagrelor compared to the current standard of care clopidogrel. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020
News | Cath Lab | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 — The use of the more potent antiplatelet medication ticagrelor (Brilinta) was not superior to...
The AHA 2020 late-breaking SAMSON Trial found side effects reported from statins are real, but appear due to the psychological rather than the pharmacological effects of the cholesterol lowering drugs. #AHA20 #AHA2020

The AHA 2020 late-breaking SAMSON Trial found side effects reported from statins are real, but appear due to the psychological rather than the pharmacological effects of the cholesterol  lowering drugs.

News | Pharmaceuticals | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 — Among patients who stopped taking their cholesterol-lowering statin medication due to side effects...
New Novartis Data for Inclisiran Shows Effective and Sustained LDL-C Reduction at 17 Regardless of Age or Gender. Getty Images.

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News | Pharmaceuticals | November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020 — Novartis announced results from two pooled post-hoc analyses of Phase III ORION-9, -10 and -11...
NIH trial, the Outcomes Related to COVID-19 treated with Hydroxychloroquine among Inpatients with symptomatic Disease (ORCHID), showed no difference in deaths between placebo and hydroxychloroquine. Getty Images
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 09, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
November 9, 2020 — A National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of...
The American Heart Association, AHA, late-breaking sessions, trials, studies. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020
Feature | AHA | November 20, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here is a list of the American Heart Association (AHA) late-breaking clinical trial presentations at the 2020 Virtual...
Some of the device technologies discussed in the TCT 2020 late-breaking trial sessions. Top left, the  Medtronic Resolute Onyx stent was the first stent to receive FDA clearance for short duration dual-antiplatelet therapy, which was a big topic and subject of several sessions. Lower left, the Keystone TriGuard 3 TAVR embolic protection device did not demonstrate superiority over TAVR without use of embolic protection. Top right, the Abbott MitraClip. Acurate neo TAVR valve. #TCTconnect #TCT2020

Some of the device technologies discussed in the TCT 2020 late-breaking trial sessions. Top left, the Medtronic Resolute Onyx stent was the first stent to receive FDA clearance for short duration dual-antiplatelet therapy, which was a big topic and subject of several sessions. Lower left, the Keystone TriGuard 3 TAVR embolic protection device did not demonstrate superiority over TAVR without use of embolic protection. Top right, the Abbott MitraClip was the subject of two studies, including use to aid heart transplant patients. Bottom right, the Boston Scientific Acurate neo TAVR valve performed below the Sapien 3 and CoreValve Evolut.

Feature | TCT | October 29, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here are some of the key takeaways from the late-breaking interventional cardiology and structural heart trials...
The Watchman FLX will be tested in the CHAMPION-AF trial looks at next-generation transcatheter LAA device as treatment alternative to NOACs for broader population of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 29, 2020
Oct. 29, 2020 — Boston Scientific initiated the CHAMPION-AF clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the...
Videos | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | October 19, 2020
The COMPARE CRUSH Trial looked at the effect of pre-hospital crushed prasugrel tablets in patients with STEMI planned...