Novavax Missed Its Global Moonshot but Is Angling to Win Over mRNA Defectors

Novavax hitched its wagon to the global coronavirus pandemic. Before most Americans truly grasped the scope of the danger, the small Maryland biotech startup had secured $1.6 billion in U.S. funding for its covid vaccine. Its moonshot goal: delivering 2 billion shots to the world by mid-2021. Although the U.S. commitment eventually expanded to $1.8 billion, hardly any Novavax shots have found arms due to manufacturing issues, and most of the world has moved on. Novavax stock has plummeted from $290 a share in February 2021 to around $50 recently. The FDA finally appears poised to authorize the company’s vaccine, however. If it does, Novavax would target the tens of millions of Americans...

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What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin

Monkeypox causes lesions that resemble pus-filled blisters, which eventually scab over. CDC/Getty Images ~~~~~~~~~ On May 18, 2022, Massachusetts health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a single case of monkeypox in a patient who had recently traveled to Canada. Cases have also been reported in the United Kingdom and Europe. Monkeypox isn’t a new disease. The first confirmed human case was in 1970, when the virus was isolated from a child suspected of having smallpox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Monkeypox is unlikely to cause another pandemic, but with COVID-19 top of mind, fear of another major outbreak is understandable. Though rare and...

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Baptist Health South Florida Is the First Medical Facility in Florida to Use Newly Cleared SafeCross Transseptal RF Puncture and Steerable Balloon Introducer System

Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute recently announced the first use of the SafeCross™ Transseptal Radiofrequency (RF) Puncture and Steerable Balloon Introducer System for a case requiring left atrium access. The all-in-one system is designed to provide a predictable, precise, and safe solution for structural heart and electrophysiology interventions that require transseptal puncture and access. Ramon Quesada, MD, Medical Director of the Structural Heart and Complex Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Programs at Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute successfully used the system for a left atrium appendage closure (LAAC) case. “We are thrilled to be the...

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Opioid Crackdown Nets 14, Including 12 Medical Professionals

The owner of a Boynton Beach pharmacy was among 14 people charged in connection with the unlawful distribution of opioids. Of them, twelve were medical professionals at the time of the alleged crime. According to the charges filed against Casey Kelleher, from February 2019 to August 2021, the owner of Neighborhood Pharmacy purchased large amounts of oxycodone and hydromorphone and sold most on the black market. Kelleher, along with the 13 other defendants are alleged to have been involved in the illegal prescription and distribution of 5.1 million opioid pills. The charges were the result of the Department of Justice’s Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force, a...

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