Nov 3, 2017

Reports of EpiPen failures spike

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At the same time the price of the EpiPen has soared, so have reports of malfunctions, according to a Bloomberg News analysis of data from the Food and Drug Administration.

Why it matters: "This is a lifesaving product," Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, told Bloomberg. "If it fails 105 times, that's significant."

The details:

  • The FDA has received 228 reports of EpiPen failures so far this year — up from 105 last year, up from just four in 2012.
  • Of those 228 reported failures this year, 35 people were hospitalized and seven were tied to patients' deaths, according to Bloomberg.
  • The product's design changed in 2009. Mylan, the company that sells the EpiPen, told Bloomberg those changes were important for patient safety. They also extended Mylan's patent protections.

Correction: This post has been updated in the last paragraph to clarify that the EpiPen redesign was in 2009.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

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Maryland and Virginia issue coronavirus stay-at-home orders

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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