Week in Review: November 18

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

Pediatric health groups call for national emergency to fight respiratory illnesses

Pediatric health provider groups are calling on the Biden administration to declare a national emergency to help them combat the surge of hospitalizations due to respiratory illnesses in children. Source: The Hill

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Amazon launches virtual healthcare clinic in U.S. for common ailments

Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday launched Amazon clinic, a virtual platform where users can connect with healthcare providers to help treat common ailments like allergies and skin conditions. Source: Reuters

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Mayo Clinic doctor says Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drugs is bringing “access” to U.S. healthcare

Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drugs is making waves in the pharmacy market, gaining more than 1.2 million customers and selling over 1000 generic low-cost drugs at a fraction of the prescription price that Big Pharma puts on the marketplace. The big question now is whether the supply chain can fundamentally shift toward Cuban’s low-cost model as brand-name drugs resist the shift. Assistant Professor of Epidemiology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Jose Medina-Inojosa, breaks down the ripple effects from the Cost Plus Drugs approach to drug product logistics. Source: MarketScale.com

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Mayo Clinic News

New health clinic model is signing up members in Rochester

Dr. David Strobel and retired Mayo Clinic communications executive Lee Aase bring their HELPcare Clinic, which they launched in Austin in February, to Rochester. The membership clinic is meant to provide unhurried in-person or telehealth appointments with a doctor or nurse practitioner that can last up to an hour. Source: Rochester Post-Bulletin

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Wisconsin's biohealth industry is growing quickly, fostering innovation

Over the last four years, Wisconsin's biohealth industry has grown and become a leading economic driver for the state. Last year, it had an economic impact of $32 billion and generated $1.2 billion in state and local taxes, according to a recent third-party report released by the BioForward Wisconsin advocacy group. Source: Wisconsin Public Radio

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Free at-home COVID tests available to Minnesotans ahead of Thanksgiving

Four additional free at-home rapid tests are available to all Minnesota households in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday through the state’s online ordering program. Source: KVLT-TV

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Samantha Rossi

Samantha Rossi is a Digital Marketing Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She supports marketing strategies for product management and specialty testing. Samantha has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2019.