FDA COVID-19 RESPONSE: At-a-Glance Summary

Major focus areas

  • Testing, therapeutics, and devices such as ventilators and personal protective equipment
  • Vaccine development
  • Food supply
  • Action on fraudulent products


Cautions against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 due to risk of heart rhythm problems

  • Reports of serious and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm problems
  • May be mitigated when health care professionals closely screen and supervise COVID-19 patients in a hospital setting or a clinical trial


Remote Digital Pathology Devices During COVID-19 Emergency

Guidance to help expand the availability of digital pathology devices for remote reviewing and reporting of scanned digital images of pathology slides during this pandemic

  • Automated Digital Image Manual Interpretation Microscope
  •  Whole Slide Imaging System
  • Digital Pathology Image Viewing and Management Software
  • Digital Pathology Display

Expanded, off-label use for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency

  • Facilitate remote reviewing and reporting of pathology slides
  • Help facilitate continuity of patient care
  • Reduce healthcare personnel contact and risk of exposure


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