SFV HEALTHCARE

Valley Hospitals Near Capacity With COVID Patients, Situation ‘Dire’

Surges in COVID-19 cases linked to holiday gatherings are overwhelming Valley hospitals to the point of possibly rationing care and causing a shortage of space to store corpses.

Moderna Hires Amgen Executive as Chief Commercial Officer

Corinne Le Goff, a former executive at Amgen Inc., has been hired by Moderna Inc.

Dignity Health Parent Expands Southwest Division

CommonSpirit Health, which owns Dignity Health hospitals in Northridge and Glendale, has expanded its Southwest Division.

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Amgen Submits Lung Cancer Drug for European Approval

Amgen Inc. has submitted for approval from the European Medicines Agency its drug used to treat a mutation of non-small cell lung cancer.

Valley Kaiser Permanente Staff to Appear in Rose Parade TV Segment

Staff from Valley facilities of Kaiser Permanente will participate in the health care organization’s 90-second video for “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda” on New Year’s Day.

Sterling Healthcare Acquires Negotiator

Sterling Healthcare Logistics in Calabasas has acquired ABS Vaccines, which operates as a contract negotiator between health care providers and drug manufacturers or vendors.

Burbank's Quanta in Reverse Merger With Medolife Rx

Quanta Inc. in Burbank has agreed to acquire a 51 percent stake in Medolife Rx, a Wyoming company that uses patented polarization technology to make anti-viral and immune-boosting therapeutics.

Amgen Licenses Experimental Drug for Tuberculosis, Leprosy Treatment

Amgen Inc. has licensed one of its investigational pipeline drugs to Medicines Development for Global Health for the treatment of tuberculosis and leprosy.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Protests Amgen Pricing for Orphan Drugs

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles staged a socially distant protest at Amgen headquarters in Thousand Oaks in response to the biotech giant’s refusal to sell orphan drugs to nonprofit entities at a reduced price.

Nurses Strike Called Off

A nursing strike planned for the holidays was narrowly avoided, with Hospital Corporation of America and Service Employees International Union 121 RN coming to a tentative contract agreement.

Valley Hospital Staff Receive COVID Vaccine

Hospitals in the Valley region have started administering the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc.

Behavioral Health Hospital Coming to Lancaster

Antelope Valley Hospital and Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare have entered into a joint venture to build and operate a new specialty hospital in Lancaster.

Valley Hospitals Grapple With COVID-19 Surge

The number of available intensive care unit beds has plummeted in Los Angeles County, with only 92 ICU beds available countywide.

FDA Approves Ellume’s At-Home COVID-19 Test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first at-home COVID-19 test, developed by a biotech company with ties to the Valley region.

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Nurses Strike Planned in Thousand Oaks, West Hills

Nurses at two hospitals in the Valley region have called a 10-day strike from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 to protest unfair labor practices.