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The interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor antagonist tocilizumab (Actemra – Genentech) has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for IV treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients ≥2 years old who are receiving a systemic corticosteroid and require supplemental oxygen, mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).1 Tocilizumab has been approved by the FDA for various indications, including rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

STANDARD TREATMENT — The NIH recommends that patients recently hospitalized (i.e., within the previous 3 days) with COVID-19 who have rapidly...  Continue reading

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On July 12, 2021, the FDA added a warning to the Fact Sheet for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) adenovirus-based COVID-19 vaccine about an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) following administration of the product.1

The warning is based on 100 cases of GBS that were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) ... Continue reading

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