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Worldwide more physicians are using remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients

Remdesivir Use Growing Globally in COVID-19 Patients

Yet, most physicians believe it is only moderately effective, better used earlier than official guidelines recommend
The VA health system has stopped nearly all use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients

VA Slashes Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19 Patients

Prescribing reduced to just three prescriptions in the last week as new research highlights possible dangers
Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of May 25 to 29

Physician’s Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Here is what the editors at Physician's Briefing chose as the most important COVID-19 developments for you and your practice for the week of...
For residents of California and Washington with COVID-19

Burden of Severe COVID-19 High in California, Washington State

Length of stay was 9.3 days for survivors; probability high for ICU admission, mortality
From 2004 to 2017

AAOS: Opioid Prescribing Down for Minor Ortho Injuries in Youth

However, 54.3 percent of patients received at least one dose of opioid during ED or clinic visit
Quick response codes on casts of pediatric patients with fractures may be a convenient and useful way to connect children and their caregivers to cast care instructions

AAOS: QR Codes on Children’s Casts May Be Useful for Care Info

In many cases, scanning the code keeps patients from needing to contact the treating physician
Insulin infusion helps achieve glycemic targets and may reduce the risk for poor outcomes in patients with hyperglycemia and COVID-19

Improving Glycemic Control May Also Aid COVID-19 Outcomes

Insulin infusion may reduce risk for severe disease in those with hyperglycemia and COVID-19
A total of 9.5 percent of persons were uninsured from January through June 2019

9.5 Percent Uninsured in U.S. From January Through June 2019

Overall, 13.7 percent of adults aged 18 to 64, 4.4 percent of children aged 0 to 17 were uninsured
There are extensive financial relationships between leaders of U.S. professional medical associations and industry

Links Found Between Leaders of Medical Associations, Industry

Most leaders have ties to industry; considerable variation seen among 10 medical associations in U.S.
Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin may have a serious adverse impact on the cardiovascular system

CV Toxicity Tied to Azithromycin and/or Hydroxychloroquine

Risk increased for prolonged QT and/or ventricular tachycardia, including torsades de pointes