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SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19
Sanford Guide SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 material is freely available to all for the course of the pandemic.
- September 16: The US FDA revises the EUA for Bamlanivimab + Etesevimab authorizing the combination for emergency use as post-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19 in adults and pediatric individuals (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg) who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. It remains authorized for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kg) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Fact sheet here.
- CDC: Interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people here.
- Currently authorized vaccines. See COVID-19 Prevention for table summarizing use and data.
- COVID-19 vaccination in cancer patients: preliminary recommendations from NCCN here.
- Guidelines on COVID-19 diagnosis, serology, treatment and management, and infection prevention: IDSA and NIH.
- Living WHO guideline on drugs for COVID-19 (BMJ 2021;374:n1703).
- Living WHO guideline on drugs to prevent COVID-19 (BMJ 2021;372:n526). Available here.
- Living WHO guideline on prophylaxis against COVID-19 (BMJ 2021;373:n949). Available at PMC.
- Management of hospitalized adults with COVID-19: a European Respiratory Society living guideline (Eur Respir J 2021;57(4):2100048). Available at PMC.
New or Updated Practice Guidelines
- Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International guidelines for management of sepsis and septic shock 2021 (Crit Care Med 2021 Oct 4 [online ahead of print]). Available here.
Preventing Influenza in Children
- 2021-2022 recommendations for prevention and control of influenza in children, from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy statement: Pediatrics 2021 Sept 7 [online ahead of print], available here. Technical report: Pediatrics 2021 Sept 7 [online ahead of print],
Drug Shortages (US)
- Antimicrobial drugs or vaccines in reduced supply or unavailable (as of October 12, 2021) due to increased demand, manufacturing delays, product discontinuation by a specific manufacturer, or unspecified reasons:
- New on the list since September 7, 2021: Gentamicin sulfate 3% ophthalmic ointment
- Shortage recently resolved: Ceftazidime-avibactam injection, Cidofovir injection, Chloroquine tablets
- Antibacterial and antimycobacterial drugs in continued reduced supply:
- Aminoglycosides: Amikacin injection, Gentamicin injection, Neomycin tablets, Tobramycin injection
- Carbapenems: Meropenem injection
- Cephalosporins: Cefazolin injection, Cefepime injection, Cefotaxime injection (FDA is allowing temporary importation of product from SteriMax in Canada, in conjunction with Provepharm Life Solutions and its distributor Direct Success. Click here for details), Cefotetan injection, Ceftazidime injection, Ceftolozane-tazobactam injection
- Clindamycin injection
- Ethambutol tablets
- Fluoroquinolones: Ciprofloxacin 0.3% ophthalmic solution, Gemifloxacin tablets
- Glycopeptides, glycolipopeptides, lipopeptides: Vancomycin injection
- Macrolides/azalides: Azithromycin ophthalmic solution 1% (unavailable)
- Methanamine hippurate tablets
- Nitrofurantoin oral suspension
- Penicillins: Ampicillin-sulbactam injection, Dicloxacillin capsules, Piperacillin-tazobactam injection
- Tetracyclines: None
- Topical (miscellaneous) antibacterials: Bacitracin ophthalmic ointment, Neomycin and Polymyxin B sulfates GU irrigant, Neomycin and Polymyxin B sulfates and Dexamethasone ophthalmic ointment, Sulfacetamide 10%/Prednisolone 0.2% ophthalmic ointment (unavailable), Sulfanilamide 15% vaginal cream (unavailable)
- Antifungal, antiparasitic, and antiviral drugs in continued reduced supply:
- Clotrimazole 10 mg oral troches
- Hydroxychloroquine tablets
- Tocilizumab injection
- Vaccines in continued reduced supply:
- Hepatitis B vaccine recombinant
- Antimicrobial drugs recently discontinued:
- Mupirocin calcium 2% cream (Bactroban [GSK], in June 2020), Bacitracin injection (in February 2020), Interferon alfa-2b (Intron A, in October 2019), Mupirocin calcium 2% nasal ointment (Bactroban Nasal [GSK], in August 2019), Quinidine gluconate IV (in December 2017), Terbinafine granules (in May 2017), MenHibrix (in February 2017), Elvitegravir (Vitekta, in December 2016), Peginterferon alfa-2b (in February 2016; 50 mcg vials still available in limited quantities), Boceprevir (in December 2015), Permethrin 1% topical lotion (in September 2015).
- For more detailed information including estimated resupply dates, see https://www.ashp.org/Drug-Shortages/