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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

State records first two flu deaths

The Division of Public Health reported  the first two flu-related deaths of the 2019-2020 flu season while urging residents to get vaccinations. A 68-year-old woman infected with influenza A, and a 65-year-old man infected with...

Incyte reports disappointing results in late stage drug trial

Incyte Corporation announced disappointing results for a late-stage study of a promising drug. The Phase 3 study that evaluated itacitinib in combination with corticosteroids in patients with treatment-naïve acute graft-versus-host disease did not meet endpoints....

The financial tale of  two health care mergers

Good afternoon, Two mergers - ChristianaCare-(Affinity) Union Hospital, and  Nanticoke-Peninsula Peninsula -  are now a reality. A big reason for the ChristianaCare-Union merger was a dim financial picture for  Elkton-based health care system and the deep...

Cancer drug co-developed by AstraZeneca approved for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer

AstraZeneca and Merck & Co., Inc. announced that Lynparza (olaparib) has been approved in the US for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with a type of metastatic pancreatic cancer. Patients will be selected for therapy...

Merger of Peninsula and Nanticoke health systems becomes official

Nanticoke Health Services Seaford and Peninsula Regional Health System (PRHS), based in Salisbury, MD,  announced that the affiliation of the two health services has passed final state and federal regulatory approval. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, the...

Hospital group: Pre-existing conditions protection remain in place in Delaware after Affordable...

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has  ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s individual mandate is unconstitutional. The court stopped short of stating that the entire law is invalid and decided...

Delaware sees 6.4 percent gain in health marketplace enrollment

With a new reinsurance program driving down the cost of monthly premiums, enrollment on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace increased more than 6 percent during the open enrollment period that ended earlier this month. The marketplace...

Medtronic, Christiana agree to outcomes-based collaboration

Medical technology company  Medtronic and  ChristianaCare  announced a collaboration designed to improve outcomes for ChristianaCare patients in Delaware, the surrounding region and perhaps the nation. The five-year agreement will focus on developing and deploying value-based...

Gore-Mayo Clinic venture aims to close wounds that won’t heal

Mayo Clinic and Newark-based W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. have formed a joint venture to advance the development of implantable cell therapies to treat debilitating conditions. Avobis Bio,  will combine Mayo Clinic's clinical and...

Kids lemonade stand license, health exemption bill to be introduced

Rep. Andria Bennett, D-Dover South, worked  with a group of  Dover-area students to cut red tape and make sure that lemonade stands don't end up in permit purgatory. Currently, lemonade stands in Delaware could be...