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MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 65

On this week’s MPR pod we take a look at the current status of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate; Considerations in assessing blood donors during pandemic times; A newly approved drug to treat heart failure; Promising results for a potential Alzheimer treatment; And changes declared for vinca alkaloid labeling.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 64

This week we have news of the neutralizing response of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the new COVID-19 variant; A trial investigated ravulizumab in adults with severe COVID is halted; A rapid blood test for concussions gets the all clear; A novel treatment for chronic kidney disease in patients with type 2 diabetes; And the drug manufacturer Fresenius Kabi announces a voluntary recall of one lot of an NSAID treatment.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 63

On the first MPR pod of 2021 we cover the latest COVID-19 vaccine news including admin. scheduling and production; A diagnostics test that may be giving false negative results; Bristol Myers Squibb withdraws an indication for Opdivo; And experts vote on the best diets for 2021.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 62

Its been a long year, but the monumental efforts to achieve a COVID-19 vaccine are bearing some fruits, we about that, and also a fully at home diagnostic COVID test, as well as new findings related to glucosamine supplements and a novel treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis. And as ever, one final movie trivia ‘guess the quote’ to end the year!

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 61

This week we cover new findings for the diabetes drug sitagliptin in pediatrics; An obesity treatment has its approval expanded; The FDA issue a Complete Response Letter for an outpatient alternative treatment; And news of availability for a transdermal contraceptive patch.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 60

This week the FDA and the WHO have a back and forth over remdesivir; Who should get a COVID vaccine; Xolair and Hetlioz have approval expansions; And a novel neuroblastoma treatment gets accelerated approval.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 59

The latest on the vaccine development from Moderna, and BioNTech and Pfizer as they release more trial data; An at-home diagnostic test is approved; Keytruda gains expanded approval; And all the rest of the drug news from this past week.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 58

Major developments in COVID-19 vaccine and antibody treatments: Are we close to having a vaccine gain Emergency Use Authorization? An NIH study concluded that hydroxychloroquine has no clinical benefit; And unrelated to COVID, but still big news, the Advisory Committee have voted on what would-be the first Alzheimer disease treatment in decades.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 57

This week we cover a new treatment submission to the FDA for the prevention of diabetes; The launch of a bupivacaine implant to treat post op pain; The DEA schedules a newly approved opioid; The FDA classifies over 200 drugs as essential and wants manufacturers to ramp up production; And more news on rifamixin and other drugs that are in the pipeline.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 56

This week we cover a study that identified factors associated with strong antibody responses to COVID; How convalescent plasmas benefits may be limited; A nasal spray to treat diabetic gastroparesis; Recommendations for colorectal cancer screening; And a new treatment approved for dry eye disease. And of course, movie trivia!

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 55

Results from the survey assessing willingness to receive a COVID vaccine; Dr. Fauci shares that he is ‘cautiously optimistic’ a vaccine could arrive before year’s end; And the breaking news that remdesivir (Veklury) has gained FDA approval.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 54

This week: News of another vaccine trial being put on hold; A trial assessing hyperimmue globulin beings; An NDA for IV tramadol is rejected; FDA Committees vote on novel schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder therapy; And a first approval for Ebola.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 53

This week: encouraging news on antibody therapies; EUA guidelines for potential vaccines; Remdesivir distribution; The HIV drug that failed to have an impact; And the preterm birth treatment the FDA want withdrawn from the market.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 52

This week we cover new Moderna vaccine results; Boxed Warning for benzodiazepines; Point-of-care COVID-19 antibody test; Diphenhydramine overdoses linked to TikTok ‘challenge’; And FDA grants Nucala new approval. Also we look at this week’s developments in drugs in the pipeline.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 51

This week we cover AstraZeneca and the swift decision to restart their COVID-19 vaccine candidate trial; Pfizer and BioNTech want to expand enrollment for their candidate vaccine trial; There’s the Janus kinase inhibitor that could help reduce recovery time; An investigative antiviral may ease strain on hospitalizations; Aortic aneurysm, dissection assessed with fluoroquinolones; And a retrospective study compared cardiac events with azithromycin and amoxicillin use.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 50

We cover AstraZeneca’s decision to pause their COVID-19 vaccine trial; New studies indicate benefits for steroid therapy in COVID patients; Higher doses of diabetes treatment gain approval; The first non-hormonal contraceptive is launched; The FDA issues a letter regarding spinal cord stimulators; And we wrap up the latest news on drugs in the pipeline.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 49

The ACIP release guidelines for the 2020-2021 vaccination recommendations; In COVID, there’s developments in convalescent plasma authorization, a 15 minute test, and ethnobotanist’s give a stark warning concerning a plant that some are touting as a cure. In other news an intrauterine device gains expanded approval and there’s a label update for hydrochlorothiazide.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 48

Treatment shows promise for patients who had pneumonia associated with COVID-19; A COVID-19 test that may have given inaccurate results; Neck gaiters as face masks may actually spread the virus; Drug applications are halted by the FDA; And Narcan has it’s shelf life extended. Also, we recap drug pipeline news from the past week.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 47

This week we have remdesivir news; A new opioid and spinal muscular atrophy treatments are approved; A sublingual epinephrine treatment; And the latest on Biogen’s investigational Alzheimer disease treatment. Also, we have a brief summary of the other drugs in the pipeline from the past week.

MPR Weekly Dose Podcast Episode 46

This week there’s more COVID vaccine developments; A first-of-its-kind trial assessing a drug for preventing COVID in long term care facilities; A cannabidiol treatment gains another indication; Depression treatment gains indication for major depressive disorders with acute suicidal ideation or behavior; And the FDA requests more information for their review of the peanut allergy treatment, Viaskin.