On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis provided an update on new therapeutics to treat COVID-19, as well as Florida’s vaccine distribution plan once vaccines are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Watch the Governor’s update by clicking the image below or clicking HERE. Wednesday’s update follows Governor DeSantis’ recentContinue Reading

Hillsborough County has extended its state of local emergency enacted in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the mandate that face coverings must be worn in indoor locations of businesses, with certain exceptions, remains in effect. Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise Wednesday signed an extension of the declarationContinue Reading

Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of expired 10.5 oz. Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme with the Use-by Date of November 8, 2020 and Product Code S296 because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli STEC 026 bacteria. The recall is being executed out of an abundance of caution inContinue Reading

Following the opening of Pasco County’s first Neuro Interventional program and Comprehensive Stroke Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point began an aggressive 19,000 square foot renovation and expansion project in late 2019. This project is now complete with larger operating rooms, a new Sterile Processing Department, and an expansive Post-AnesthesiaContinue Reading

A randomized trial of more than 6,000 participants in Denmark adds new evidence to what is known about whether masks protect the wearer from SARS-CoV-2 infection in a setting where public health measures, including social distancing, are in effect but others are not wearing masks. The DANMASK-19 trial randomized participantsContinue Reading

Legislators from California seemingly ignored the strict travel advisory during the COVID-19 pandemic as coronavirus cases surge nationwide and travelled to Maui for the Independent Voter Project’s annual policy conference. More than half a dozen California lawmakers are among the 50 people attending a policy conference at the Fairmont Kea LaniContinue Reading

A health advisory has been issued for Ben T. Davis Beach due to high bacteria levels. This should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public and swimming is not recommended. Samples taken Wednesday were above threshold for enterococci bacteria. The beach will be re-sampled, Wednesday, October 28, 2020.Continue Reading

Since June 2016, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) has participated in the Oncology Care Model (OCM), a national innovative payment program designed to lower the costs of cancer care nationwide, while maintaining high-quality enhanced services to Medicare beneficiaries. Established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), a divisionContinue Reading

Governor Ron DeSantis enacted into law HB1135 on September 18, 2020, which authorized the creation of a specialty license plate to promote the need for lifesaving organ and tissue donors. The Donate Life Florida specialty plate was requested by Donate Life Florida, the non-profit coalition of Florida’s organ, eye andContinue Reading

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday in a Drug Safety Communication that it is requiring labeling changes for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These changes include new labeling to explain that if women take the medications around 20 weeks or later in their pregnancy, the drugs can cause rare butContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported four additional locally acquired dengue fever cases this past week in Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties, bringing the state total to 70 in 2020. The Monroe County cases were identified through retrospective case finding efforts to better characterize activity early in the outbreak. TwoContinue Reading

Bristol Myers Squibb announced detailed results from True North, a pivotal, placebo-controlled Phase 3 trial evaluating oral Zeposia (ozanimod) as an induction and maintenance therapy in adult patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC). True North met both primary endpoints, demonstrating highly statistically significant and clinically meaningful results forContinue Reading

Tampa International Airport (TIA) announced this week the launch of the country’s first airport testing pilot that will offer two types of FDA-approved COVID-19 tests for all departing and arriving passengers. The testing site, located inside the Main Terminal near the Airside F shuttle, will offer both the rapid antigenContinue Reading