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Morning Read: Why the medical industry should pay more attention to the Zika virus

Also, The World Health Organization has posted a final version of its proposed biologics naming policy, and new research suggests that the financial burden that cancer care puts on many people contributes to lower survival rates.

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Fear of the spreading Zika virus is getting very real in Brazil, as the country’s government has decided to deploy 220,000 troops for a day next month to spread awareness about the virus. Plus, a Virginia resident who traveled abroad has tested positive for the virus. — The New York Times, Reuters

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“Unexpected complications” led to Valeant CEO Michael Pearson’s lengthy hospital stay, but he is on the road to recovery. No word on a return date. – Wall Street Journal

The World Health Organization has posted a final version of its proposed biologics naming policy, which states that each biologic, including biosimilars, would be assigned a four-letter “biological qualifier” that would make it possible to trace the compounds globally. — BioCentury

Blend Therapeutics is now Tarveda Therapeutics and just closed $38 million Series C with Novo A/S as a new investor. – Xconomy

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A federal judge said the FDA has jurisdiction in a class-action racketeering lawsuit filed against Boston Scientific connected to counterfeit resin made in China to make pelvic mesh. – MassDevice

New research suggests that the financial burden that cancer care puts on many people contributes to lower survival rates. — Drugs.com

Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Karolinska Institutet announced that a collaboration agreement has been signed for the establishment of a research center exploiting the human microbiome. — Business Wire

The Thuasne Group, owner of Townsend Design, an industry leader in orthopedic knee and leg braces, announced the acquisition of Quinn Medical, LLC, a spinal bracing company. — PR Newswire

PAYERS-PROVIDERS

Here are a few of the projects that $70 million in PCORI money will go to:  examination of active surveillance versus traditional treatment options; effectiveness of two medications – roflumilast and azithromycin; effectiveness of different approaches involving community health workers and other methods to help adults with serious mental illness quit smoking; among others. – PR Newswire

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published new recommendations in JAMA that suggest primary care physicians screen all patients over the age of 18 for depression at least once. — Becker’s Hospital Review

POLITICS

President Obama is also putting a strong focus on Zika virus awareness as he directed his top health officials to step up public outreach the virus that is now expected to spread across the U.S. — The Hill

A LITTLE BIT EXTRA

Apple isn’t having an financial trouble. It just reported the largest quarterly profit of any public company in history, again, with profits of $18.4 billion for its first fiscal quarter of 2016. This beats the company’s previous record from last year by $400 million. — VentureBeat

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