This week we start with an in-depth monologue on various new developments surrounding COVID-19, specifically the new study in NEJM on the compassionate use of remdesivir as well as the CDC's advice for the general public to wear cloth masks. We end with an interview with Dr. Ameet Sarpatwari of Harvard Medical School on how to create a more effective pharmaceutical system, the CREATES Act of 2019, developing fair and equitable drugs to treat COVID-19, and how to create a just system that balances the need for innovation with the need for access. Dr. Ameet Sarpatwari is the Assistant Director of PORTAL.
Compassionate Use of Remdesivir: doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa2007016
U.S. Gene Therapy Trials: doi.org/10.1001/jama.2019.22214
NIH Fair Pricing Condition: doi.org/10.7326/M19-2576
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