Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Key Action
by Approving Second COVID-19 Vaccine
The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration approved a second COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has
been known as the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine; the approved vaccine
will be marketed as Spikevax for the prevention of COVID-19 in
individuals 18 years of age and older. Learn more.
Why You Should
Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19
There seems to be a growing
interest in a drug called Ivermectin for the prevention or
treatment of COVID-19 in humans. For humans, ivermectin
tablets are approved at very specific doses to treat some parasitic
worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head
lice and skin conditions like rosacea. However, the FDA has
received multiple reports of patients who have required medical
attention, including hospitalization, after self-medicating with
ivermectin intended for livestock. Continue reading.
and CHIP Enrollment With These Grants
The Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services has announced that it's committing more
than $49 million in federal grants to the Biden administration's
effort to "fund organizations that can connect more eligible
children, parents, and pregnant individuals to health care
coverage." CMS is accepting applications through March 28. How to apply.
Practitioners Get $100 Million in Latest COVID Provider Relief
Federal health authorities
are once again disbursing billions through the Provider Relief Fund
to cover revenue losses and expenses related to COVID-19. The
latest round includes more than $100 million for Texas health care
practitioners. More on the payments.
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