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COVID-19 Update: Convalescent Plasma Therapy & Anticoagulation

Background: Medicine by press release has been an unfortunate reality of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is not the standard many physicians would use for medical decision making, but one many of us have had to face; what do I do …

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Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Update: Time to Let Go of Convalescent Plasma Therapy

Background: Early observational studies led to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) in the US in August 2020 for the treatment of COVID-19. Data from the RECOVERY trial, the largest clinical trial on COVID-19 treatments was …

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Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Update: The PlasmAr Trial – Convalescent Plasma vs Placebo

Background: Despite limited high-quality evidence, many institutions are currently using convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) in the treatment of COVID-19.  The majority of the evidence for CPT comes from observational studies lacking placebo arms (US Expanded Access Program). Convalescent plasma therapy …

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Infectious Disease

A COVID-19 Update that is Long Overdue

Background: There have been lots of trials sitting on my computer desktop awaiting my review, but like many of you time has been thin from clinical work and increasing cases of COVID-19 where I work.  I thought it might be …

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Infectious Disease

US Expanded Access Program: Convalescent Plasma, Mortality, and COVID-19

Background: Convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) is not a novel treatment modality.  It has been used in other illnesses such as SARS, MERS, and Ebola with variable results. The theory behind CPT is to take antibody rich blood from patients who …

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Infectious Disease

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