Could pressure for COVID-19 drugs lead the FDA to lower its standards?

The FDA has sped up its approval process for coronavirus treatments, creating a new division to expedite the regulatory process. But is safety being sidelined for speed?

Leigh Turner, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, School of Public Health, & College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~10 min

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From the research lab to your doctor's office – here's what happens in phase 1, 2, 3 drug trials

Drugs and vaccines to fight the coronavirus are already in clinical trials. It is important to understand the difference between each step in this process as efforts to fight COVID-19 continue.

Mindy Aisen, Clinical Professor of Neurology, University of Southern California • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

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Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19: A new review of several studies shows flaws in research and no benefit

Our expert assessed all the controlled studies so far on hydroxychloroquine. His findings may surprise you.

C. Michael White, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~7 min

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What is a clinical trial? A health policy expert explains

The only way to know if a medical treatment actually works is with a randomized-controlled trial.

Zoe McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus: what is plasma therapy?

A century old therapy is being tested on patients with COVID-19.

Sarah L Caddy, Clinical Research Fellow in Viral Immunology and Veterinary Surgeon, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: what is convalescent plasma therapy?

A century old therapy is being tested on patients with COVID-19.

Sarah L Caddy, Clinical Research Fellow in Viral Immunology and Veterinary Surgeon, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: scientists promoting chloroquine and remdesivir are acting like sports rivals

A simple head-to-head trial would resolve this conflict once and for all.

Jeremy Howick, Director of the Oxford Empathy Programme, University of Oxford • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

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What needs to go right to get a coronavirus vaccine in 12-18 months

Vaccine development is usually a long process. The coronavirus pandemic is forcing researchers to innovate and test potential vaccines faster than ever before.

Marcos E. García-Ojeda, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Merced • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~10 min

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