COVID-19 Summary as of March 13, 2020

| April 6, 2020

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Biomedtracker and Trialtrove have a total of 307 clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19. 152 initiated trials for the treatment of COVID-19. 155 Trials have been announced but have not yet begun recruitment.

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Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Oramed Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQCM:ORMP) is developing proprietary technology for the oral delivery of drugs presently administered by way of injection. Through its patented flagship product, an orally ingestible insulin capsule currently in Phase 2 trials under the USFDA, the Company is seeking to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes.

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How pharma can continue engaging HCPs in a world gripped by COVID-19

Article | April 10, 2020

Medscape is the leading source of clinical news, health information, and point-of-care tools for healthcare professionals. Medscape offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. Medscape Education (medscape.org) is the leading destination for continuous professional development, consisting of more than 30 specialty-focused destinations offering thousands of free CME and CE courses and other educational programmes for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Both Medscape and Medscape Education are part of WebMD Health Corp., an Internet Brands company. Face-to-face interactions between pharma and physicians have essentially ceased overnight during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean HCPs have stopped looking for new medical information.

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Clinical Supply Availability & Speed to Study Start-Up

Article | April 10, 2020

If you’re part of a clinical study team racing a new product to commercialization, you likely live by these two simple rules: time is money, and the first one to market wins. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. That ticking clock is background noise to the responsibilities of regulations, study protocols, supply chains, and patient recruitment — all the details that must be worked out before a study can even begin. The pressure is always there. The longer it takes for a study to start, the longer it takes to complete.

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What do you have to lose taking hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus? Potentially your life

Article | April 10, 2020

The president and some of his close advisors — desperate for a COVID-19 cure — are asking “What do you have to lose?” by taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a strong medication never adequately tested for efficacy or safety in COVID-19 patients. The correct answer to the president’s question, which he doesn’t seem to want to hear, is that we have our lives to lose. The president acknowledges “I’m not a doctor” but this raises the question “What do doctors know about the drug recommended by the president? Most doctors are aware that HCQ can be effective for patients with malaria, arthritis or lupus. If they were to follow the president’s suggestion and prescribe it for COVID-19 patients, they would also like to know that it will benefit some of those patients, at least.

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Comparing HydroxyChloroquine Trials

Article | April 10, 2020

One minor side effect of the pandemic is that perhaps more people will learn about what drug research and clinical trials can really be like. Today’s example: we have a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine from Wuhan that has just published on a preprint server. What’s good is that this one is blinded, randomized, and controlled (like the earlier hydroxychloroquine which one I blogged about here from Zhejiang University, so we can actually talk about it rather than just spend all our time wondering what the heck is going on.

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Spotlight

Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Oramed Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQCM:ORMP) is developing proprietary technology for the oral delivery of drugs presently administered by way of injection. Through its patented flagship product, an orally ingestible insulin capsule currently in Phase 2 trials under the USFDA, the Company is seeking to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes.

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