Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today continued to take action in the ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:

    --  Today, the FDA approved succinylcholine chloride injection USP 200 mg/10
        mL, which is indicated to facilitate tracheal intubation and to provide
        skeletal muscle relaxation during surgery or mechanical ventilation.
        Side effects of succinylcholine chloride injection include anaphylaxis,
        hyperkalemia, and malignant hyperthermia. FDA recognizes the increased
        demand for certain products during the novel coronavirus pandemic and we
        remain deeply committed to facilitating access to medical products to
        help address critical needs of the American public.
    --  Testing updates:
        --  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA has worked with more than 400
            test developers who have already submitted or said they will be
            submitting EUA requests to the FDA for tests that detect the virus
            or antibodies to the virus.
        --  To date, the FDA has authorized 104 tests under EUAs, which include
            91 molecular tests, 12 antibody tests, and 1 antigen test.

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