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COVID-19 Updates

The Pink Fund Team is working tirelessly on our mission and understands the importance of accurate information during this uncertain time.

Every day, we are thankful to be able to provide #RealHelpNow to the breast cancer community.

We have compiled a list of organizations that are providing information and resources here and will be updating them as the situation changes. These Covid-19 resources are to help you and your loved ones during this challenging time.

Please keep in mind that we are not affiliated with these organizations or endorsing them in any way. This is for informational purposes only as of March 25. 2020. Click here for a copy of the resource page.

Resources and Information:

•CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

•ACS: Common Questions About the New Coronavirus Outbreak

https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/common-questions-about-the-new-coronavirus-outbreak.html

•NCI: Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know

https://www.cancer.gov/contact/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus?cid=eb_govdel

•ASCO Coronavirus Resources

https://www.asco.org/asco-coronavirus-information

•FDA Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic

https://www.fda.gov/media/136238/download

The FDA today issued guidance for industry, investigators and institutional review boards conducting clinical trials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The FDA recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic may impact the conduct of clinical trials of medical products, including drugs, devices and biological products.  Challenges may arise, for example, from quarantines, site closures, travel limitations, interruptions to the supply chain for the investigational product, or other considerations if site personnel or trial subjects become infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These challenges may lead to difficulties in conducting clinical trials. The FDA is aware that protocol modifications may be required, and that there may be unavoidable protocol deviations due to COVID-19.  Although the impact of COVID-19 on trials will vary depending on many factors, including the nature of disease under study, the trial design and in what region(s) the study is being conducted, the FDA outlines considerations to assist sponsors in assuring the safety of trial participants, maintaining compliance with good clinical practice and minimizing risks to trial integrity.

•JNCCN: How to Manage Cancer Care during COVID-19 Pandemic

https://jnccn.org/fileasset/jnccn1804-Ueda_20118_preprint.pdf

Experts from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA)—a Member Institution of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) are sharing insights and advice on how to continue providing optimal cancer care during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. SCCA includes the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, which are located in the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. This peer-reviewed article sharing best practices is available for free online-ahead-of-print via open access at JNCCN.org

•Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/medicine/sph/ide/gida-fellowships/Imperial-College-COVID19-NPI-modelling-16-03-2020.pdf

The global impact of COVID-19 has been profound, and the public health threat it represents is the most serious seen in a respiratory virus since the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Here we present the results of epidemiological modeling which has informed policymaking in the UK and other countries in recent weeks. In the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine, we assess the potential role of a number of public health measures – so-called non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) – aimed at reducing contact rates in the population and thereby reducing transmission of the virus. In the results presented here, we apply a previously published microsimulation model to two countries: the UK (Great Britain specifically) and the US. We conclude that the effectiveness of any one intervention in isolation is likely to be limited, requiring multiple interventions to be combined to have a substantial impact on transmission.

•MQSA Inspection Information Related to COVID-19

https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/mammography-quality-standards-act-and-program/mqsa-inspection-information-related-covid-19?utm_campaign=2020-03-19%20CDRH%20Safety%20Comm%20%E2%80%93%20MQSA%20Inspections%20and%20COVID-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

The FDA has temporarily postponed all domestic routine surveillance facility inspections.

•New England Journal of Medicine

https://www.nejm.org/coronavirus?query=RP

A special page at NEJM.org

Click here for a collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary. All articles are freely available.

•Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their physicians without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Clinicians can bill immediately for services starting March 6, 2020.

•TailorMed

  https://tailormed.co/financial-navigation-resources-for-covid-19/

We at TailorMed are staying on top of these developments around the clock—and we’re committed to sharing the most up-to-date information through our Financial Navigation Service. We’re also tracking other ways to mitigate the financial impact of this outbreak. This is a live list that will be updating on an ongoing basis to share any opportunities that arise.

This information was accurate as of March 25, 2020.

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Impact on Savings

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