Background for this post: Our CME organization, The Institute for Medical Studies (IMS), is planning a national (US) and perhaps international series of CME activities for Primary Care Physicians and other front-line healthcare professionals on the above topic/working title.
We realize that, other than the usual public health advice, this can be a somewhat controversial topic.
Your comments, criticisms and suggestions are most welcome and will be taken into consideration in our planning of the CME activities. Thank you for your thoughtful input!
Basic statement of CME Need: Medical literature shows that physicians should consider the possibility that Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), ACE Inhibitors, Lipid Lowering Agents and other meds may have an (off-label) role in reducing morbidity/infection rates of coronavirus influenza, perhaps especially in patients of East Asian heritage.
Some related articles from the literature for review:
1)In 2013, David S. Fedson, MD, an authority on pandemic influenza, issued a “Call to Action”
2)In 2005, researchers from China and other countries reported: “A crucial role of angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in SARS coronavirus-induced lung injury”
3) In 2004 researchers reported “Observational studies conducted among Asian populations suggest that the risk of pneumonia is substantially reduced among users of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors”
4) In 2015, Chinese researchers reported: “Angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) as a novel therapy in acute lung injury induced by avian influenza A H5N1 virus infection in mouse”
Your comments and/or criticisms on any of the above are most welcome, as well as suggestions of additional literature citations related to the topic.
We are planning to reach out to other CME and medical organizations with invitations to partner with us on this CME initiative. If you know of individuals from any such groups who might be interested in working with us, please forward this discussion to them. Thank you for your consideration!
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