Roche to donate more medicines and diagnostics to Ukraine

With the war in Ukraine on the verge of entering its second month, Roche (SIX:RO, ROG; OTCQX:RHHBY) has announced that it will donate additional medications and diagnostics to the country.

The company had announced its plans to aid the country in early March, which included 150,000 packs of the antibiotic Rocephin, an antibiotic WHO lists as an essential medicine.

Roche will donate an additional 4,600 packs of medicines for influenza, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal muscle atrophy and some cancers. Additionally, the company will provide reagents and consumables to support testing 120,000 blood donations and 31,000 units for diabetes management.

In addition to providing supplies to Ukraine, several pharma countries, including Lilly, GSK and Pfizer, have announced plans to curtail operations or realign their business focus in Russia.

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Are predictive diagnostics the Doppler radar of disease?

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What do cupcakes have to do with oncology, and more specifically, predictive diagnostics?

Before I explain, I’ll provide some context. I recently came across an image that illustrated the difference between how Doppler radar detects conditions for a Tornado Watch versus a Tornado Warning using cupcakes.1 One side of the graphic shows each of the ingredients measured in individual containers. This visual represents when you have everything you need to make a cupcake; in weather terms, the conditions are favorable for a cupcake. A cupcake watch could be declared, but no fully-baked, devourable cupcake is visible yet. On the other side of the image, once the ingredients are assembled and baked, it’s much clearer that we have an actual cupcake on our hands and, therefore, a warning would be in place. For meteorologists, this is when Doppler radar has detected a full tornado, com…

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