Latest Update on Drug (Medicine) Dispenser Market by Emerging Trends, Share, Growth Rate, Opportunities And Market Forecast To 2021

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New York, United States, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:12:58 / Comserve Inc. / — Global drug (medicine) dispenser market is expected to register a robust CAGR over the forecast period. Moreover, the global drug (medicine) dispenser market is expected to reach at notable revenue by the end of 2021.

The global drug (medicine) dispenser market is segmented into application such as hospitals, pharmacies and homecare. Among these segments, homecare segment is expected to grow at maximum pace during the forecast period. The rise of the homecare segment is backed by the increasing demand for drug (medicine) dispenser by patients who have to response to drugs on daily basis and especially by patients who have memory deficiencies. However, it can be used in hospitals and pharmacies also to reduce chances of medication error.

Global drug (medicine) dispenser market is expected to register a robust CAGR over the forecast period. Moreover, the global drug (medicine) dispenser market is expected to reach at notable revenue by the end of 2021. Factor such as technological advancements in medical devices and increasing geriatric population across the globe are expected to be the dynamic factors behind the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

The North America segment by region accounted for major share of global drug (medicine) dispenser market in 2015.Moreover, North America drug (Medicine) dispenser is poised to display substantial growth during the forecast period owing to a number of factors such as swelled disposable income, high spending on healthcare and increasing adoption of advanced medical devices in this region.

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Increased Geriatric Population

Factors such as increasing older population and rising incidence of age-related memory weakness are anticipated to fuel the demand for drug (medicine) dispenser over the forecast period. Furthermore, drug (medicine) dispenser helps aged people to maintain their regular medication and avoid any medication error. This factor is envisioned to escalate the growth of Drug (Dispenser) Market in Future.

Technological Advancements in Medical Devices

Demand for automated medication dispensing system is increasing due to its advantages such as prevention of medication error, easy controlling and better customization. Additionally, swift advancements in healthcare technologies and concerns regarding patient’s health and medication in hospitals is also increasing the demand for drug (medicine) dispenser in hospitals which in turn likely to foster the growth of global drug (medicine) dispenser market over the forecast period.

Although, high repair and maintenance cost of advanced medication dispenser and slow adoption rate in under developed countries are some of the factors that are likely to obstruct the growth of the drug (medicine) dispenser market in the near future.

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Personalized Medicine Market 2020: Industry Trends and Growth Rate, Product & Application Segmentation, Key Companies and Regional Analysis by 2026

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Nov 04, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
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For the period 2015-2026, the report provides country-wise revenue and volume sales analysis and region-wise revenue and volume analysis of the global Breast Localization Needles market. For the period 2015-2020, it provides sales (consumption) analysis and forecast of different regional markets by Application as well as by Type in terms of volume.

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Connecticut’s hospitalizations spike to 381; positivity rate back up to 4.6%

Connecticut’s coronavirus hospitalizations on Election Day spiked up to 381, the highest number of hospitalized patients the state has seen since June 3, according to data released by Gov. Ned Lamont’s office.

The state reported an additional 41 people hospitalized, which is a massive jump compared to recent months. Connecticut hasn’t seen such a large single-day increase in hospitalizations since mid-April, when the state was fighting through the worst of the pandemic’s spring wave.

State officials have acknowledged in recent days and weeks that Connecticut is now in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19. The state’s numbers began rising in early September, when the daily positivity rate jumped above the 1% threshold that it had maintained for most of the late summer.

That rate is still on the rise, and jumped to 4.6% on Tuesday, when the state reported 985 newly identified cases out of a total of 21,230 tests administered.

That daily rate fluctuates fairly widely, but the state’s weekly average rate is on the rise, too, as the state moves deeper into the second wave of COVID-19. Including Tuesday’s rate, the state’s weekly average rate is now 3.6%, which is the highest weekly rate the state has seen since June 6.

Coronavirus-connected deaths are on the rise as well. The state reported Tuesday that an additional seven people have died with the virus.

In the month of August, a total of 33 people in Connecticut died with COVID-19. That number increased to 43 for the month of September, and then to at least 108 for the month of October.

Medical experts have said that Connecticut may continue to see worsening numbers as the state moves into the winter, with the ongoing second wave potentially peaking as late as mid-January.

Across the state, a total of 74,843 people have contracted the virus and 4,634 people have died with it.

Nationwide, more than 9.3 million people have contracted the virus and a total of 232,447 people have died of it, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

The state is also expected to release the updated weekly travel advisory on Tuesday evening, however that update had not been released by 7:30 p.m.

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105 New Positive Cases; 2.4% Positivity Rate

CONCORD, NH — A combination of a drop in the collection of tests but the discovery of another 105 positive test results led the COVID-19 positivity rate in New Hampshire to spike to 2.4 percent — or the highest rate since early August.

The state collected specimens for 3,541 polymerase chain reaction tests — about 6,000 to 8,000 tests below recent normal testing levels. Part of the reason for the lower test collections was only 29 specimens collected at University of New Hampshire whereas most days, 3,000 to 4,000 tests daily were coming out of the university system. Other labs also posted fewer tests than normal. There are 173 tests pending, officials said.

Of the 105 positive results, 86 were discovered by PCR test while 19 were via antigen test. Ten were children while nearly two-thirds were female. Twenty-five cases reside in Rockingham County, 16 live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 15 live in Merrimack County, and six live in Nashua.

“The county of residence is being determined for five new cases,” the State Joint Information Center said. “Community-based transmission continues to occur in the state and has been identified in all counties.”

Currently, there are more than 1,400 COVID-19 current diagnoses in the state with 11,320 accumulatively cases and 41 people receiving more extensive care in a hospital. Another 9,430 have recovered from the virus, according to health officials.

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The state said Monday that 348,198 residents have been tested via 626,532 PCR tests with 32,225 people tested via antibody test. Public health officials are monitoring approximately 4,750 people.

About 45 COVID-19 cases are connected to New Hampshire K-12 schools.

Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua has reported its third case; the Derry Village School has its first case; the Ellis Elementary School in Fremont has its fifth case; the Franklin Middle School has its first positive test result; the Hampstead Middle School reported its first case; the John H. Fuller Elementary School has its first infection; the Londonderry Senior High School has its seventh case; Mount Prospect Academy in Plymouth has 20 active positive test results and one recovery; Pittsfield Elementary School has its first case; Plymouth Regional High School has its third positive test result; and the Founders Academy Charter School (H) has its first case.


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The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.

Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:

  • Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.

  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.

  • When you can’t practice 6 feet of social distancing, wear a face covering.

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Virus Rate Fell to 2% From 34% in One Area. But Did Anything Change?

The urgent calls from doctors to the county department of health began in mid-October, shortly after skyrocketing coronavirus cases had brought a state-imposed lockdown to the community north of New York City.

“Some patients are refusing testing because they do not want D.O.H. bothering them,” a doctor said in a message for the county health commissioner on Oct. 13.

A day later, a caller to a state complaint hotline said in a message, “I would also like to report that there is a widespread effort from the community’s leadership to discourage Covid testing.”

Two weeks after a flurry of similar messages, the positivity rate in Kiryas Joel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish village in Orange County, plummeted from 34 percent — the highest in the state — to just 2 percent. Last week, citing “dramatic progress” on the rate, the governor eased restrictions in the zone.

The course of events in Orange County has raised deep suspicions among some health experts about the reliability of the data, reflecting broader concerns about whether top officials in New York and around the country are tracking the outbreak in ways that may not accurately capture how much the virus is spreading.

Epidemiologists suggest that officials should rely on many factors when making decisions about reopening, including interviews with health care providers, hospital admission rates and contact tracing, as well as the positivity rate, which is the percent of people who have tested positive over a particular time period.

In New York, senior officials say they use all that data, and refer to the positivity rates as merely a lead measure and shorthand.

Still, the positivity rate has become the de facto gold standard of publicly highlighted measures. For example, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials in New York repeatedly refer to the rate in pronouncements and news releases to give the public a sense of how efforts to combat the virus are going.

The concern over misleading positivity rates has come to a head in regards to Kiryas Joel, also called the Town of Palm Tree, a densely populated Hasidic village of 26,000 people that is about 50 miles north of New York City, and among the poorest communities in the state.

In Orange County, the local health commissioner, Dr. Irina Gelman, said she was concerned about easing restrictions because she had serious doubts about whether the suggested decline in virus cases was real. She said that even though more people in the ultra-Orthodox community were reporting to doctors with symptoms or exposure to the virus, fewer of them were agreeing to be tested, reducing the positivity rate.

“This is an alarming trend,” Dr. Gelman said. “Refusing tests, clearly, makes it very difficult as far as gauging the infection prevalence rate within the community.”

“To go from a 34 percent positivity rate down to a 4 percent positivity rate when the “micro-cluster/ hot zone” schools did not actually shut down — and just converted to “child care”— is something many

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Will-Kankakee Coronavirus Positivity Rate Reaches 10.5 Percent

JOLIET, IL — Coronavirus positivity rates and the number of new hospitalizations of people with symptoms of COVID-19 rose sharply across nearly every region of Illinois during the final week in October. All but one of the state’s 11 mitigation regions now have restrictions on indoor service at bars and restaurants and gatherings of more than 25 people.

In Region 7 — Will and Kankakee counties — indoor dining was again halted after the region’s seven-day rolling average positivity rate remained above 8 percent for three days last week.

For the week ending Tuesday, the percentage of specimens tested that came back positive for the virus rose by 1.3 percentage points to 10.5 percent in the two-county region — a new record for the region since state public health officials began reporting the data in June. The next day, the seven-day rolling average rose again to 10.8 percent, setting another record.

New hospitalizations in the south suburban region also rose during the week, according to the rounded seven-day rolling average of daily hospital admissions of patients with what state public health officials classify as “COVID-like illnesses,” or CLI.

The rate has more than tripled since the start of October. As of Tuesday, an average of 21 people were newly hospitalized with symptoms of the virus every day, up from 16 a week earlier.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the state needs everyone to do their part to change the trend.

“We are on the precipice of the entire state entering into mitigation,” Ezike said Friday, announcing the new mitigation measures for Region 6 in East Central Illinois.

RELATED: Coronavirus Indoor Dining Ban Imposed On Lake, McHenry Counties

Restrictions were added to 10 of Illinois' 11 COVID-19 resurgence mitigation regions in October after coronavirus metrics triggered fail-safe measures established over the summer by state public health officials. (Illinois Department of Public Health)
Restrictions were added to 10 of Illinois’ 11 COVID-19 resurgence mitigation regions in October after coronavirus metrics triggered fail-safe measures established over the summer by state public health officials. (Illinois Department of Public Health)

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“These last few regions have seen rapid increases in test positivity, one right after another, because of increasing disease spread throughout our communities,” Ezike said. “We need all people to adhere to both the community mitigation measures and well as personal and family measures so we can swiftly turn our entire state around.”

As of Friday, there were 49 counties across the state, including several in the Chicago area, that are considered to be at the “orange” warning level, which means two or more countywide risk indicators suggest a heightened risk of the virus.

They include: Adams, Alexander, Bond, Boone, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Effingham, Ford, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Henderson, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lee, Macon, Marion, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Rock Island, Saline, Sangamon, Shelby, Stephenson, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Whiteside, Will, Williamson and Winnebago counties.

RELATED: Pritzker Defends Coronavirus Data Used To Ban Indoor Dining

On Friday, public health officials announced 6,943 new confirmed cases

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Here are the hospitals with the highest rate of COVID patients

Health workers wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside as they continue deal with the increasing number of coronavirus patients. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Health workers wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) on the intensive care unit (ICU) at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside. (Getty)

Several hospitals across England have seen the number of coronavirus admissions surge past levels seen in the first wave of the pandemic, newly released data shows.

Statistics compiled by Public Health England (PHE), shown to cabinet ministers last week ahead of Saturday’s lockdown announcement, shows there are currently scores of hospitals dealing with over 100 COVID positive inpatients.

The graph shows that the number of coronavirus patients at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Trust in Yorkshire and Blackpool Hospital Trust exceeded their first wave peak on 19 October.

Liverpool University Hospital Foundation Trust was next worst hit, with patients passing the highest first wave levels a day later on 20 October.

A Public Health England heat map shows hospital admissions for COVID have risen sharply. (PHE)
A Public Health England heat map shows hospital admissions for COVID have risen sharply. (PHE)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on October 31, 2020 to announce new lockdown restrictions in an effort to curb rising infections of the novel coronavirus. - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday announced a new four-week coronavirus lockdown across England, a dramatic strategy shift following warnings hospitals would become overwhelmed under his current system of localised restrictions. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PEZZALI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The PM announced a second nationwide lockdown on Saturday. (Getty)

Several other hospitals, mainly in the north of England, have reported exceedingly high levels of coronavirus in the past week.

In total, 24 hospitals reported COVID patient levels at over half their previous peak during the first wave of the pandemic.

Read more: ‘Terrifying’ projections and concern over NHS capacity at heart of push for new lockdown

On Friday, figures released by the government showed that more than 10,000 Covid-19 patients are now being treated in hospitals across the UK.

But the number has yet to reach the 20,000 seen at the height of the first wave of the pandemic earlier this year.

Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust had the highest number of beds occupied by coronavirus patients in England on Tuesday at 450, according to NHS England data.

Watch: Starmer blasts delay in imposing second nationwide lockdown

Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust in Greater Manchester was second on the list with 290 inpatients.

In Nottinghamshire, which has been subject to Tier 3 lockdown restrictions, the number of hospitalisations is 40 per cent higher than those seen in April.

And in Greater Manchester, most hospital trusts there will reportedly exceed their critical care capacity by next week due to high COVID-19 hospital admissions.

The county’s public health director Jonathan Gribbin said “even a well-organised NHS and care system will struggle to cope” with the sharp rise in patients in the county’s hospitals.

It comes as advisors from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) said on Friday that England has breached its “reasonable worst-case” scenario for COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions.

Sage also warned that the number of daily deaths in England is in line with that scenario, but “is almost certain to exceed this within the next two weeks”.

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Belgium Becomes EU Nation With Highest Rate of COVID-19 Infections | World News

By Yves Herman and Marine Strauss

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Belgian government will convene on Friday to decide on a potential new national lockdown with the country now suffering the highest rate of coronavirus infections per 100,000 citizens, according to official data.

The nation of 11 million people had 1,390 new COVID-19 infections per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks, data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control showed on Tuesday.

The Czech Republic is next with 1,379 per 100,000, while many other European countries are reporting soaring infection rates in a second wave of the global pandemic abetted by the onset of cold, damp winter weather.

New daily infections in Belgium, where the European Union and NATO have their headquarters, hit a peak of more than 18,000 on Oct. 20, almost a 10-fold rise from the high of a spring wave of the pandemic.

The number of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) is doubling every eight days – to 809 as of Monday – with 5,260 people in hospitals, which risk running out of beds. Belgian foreign affairs minister and former PM Sophie Wilmes was still in intensive care in Brussels, after testing positive to COVID-19 last week.

In Liege, the Belgian city with the highest number of COVID-19 infections, hundreds of patients are admitted daily, its main hospital said in a Facebook post.

If the rate of hospitalisation continues at this rhythm, the hospital said it would head “straight into a wall,” according to the Facebook post.

“What’s complicated is that we constantly have to open new units, put in place new teams of nurses and doctors, to take care of those patients, and this flow of patients is in the end continuous,” Christelle Meuris, an infectious disease specialist who oversees a COVID-19 unit at the hospital, told Reuters.

With 10,899 total deaths, Belgium has one of the highest per capita COVID-19 fatality rates in the world.

The federal cabinet will meet on Friday to further tighten measures to curb COVID-19 contagion, a week after tightening curbs on social contacts by banning fans from sports matches and limiting numbers in cultural spaces.

The government of the Wallonia region imposed a longer night curfew while in the capital Brussels, all sport and cultural facilities were ordered on Saturday to close and residents were subjected to a longer curfew from Monday.

(Reporting by Yves Herman and Marine Strauss with additional reporting by Kate Abnett; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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New Hampshire COVID-19 Positivity Test Rate At 1.6%: Data

CONCORD, NH — Two more elderly men have died due to or from COVID-19, according to New Hampshire health officials.

The men both lived in long-term care settings in Hillsborough County and were 80 years of age or older. The State Joint Information Center offered sympathies to family members and friends of the men. The state said 475 deaths are related to COVID-19 exposure.

Another 77 people in the Granite State tested positive for the coronavirus including eight children after more than 5,200 specimens were collected Sunday. Slightly more than half the cases were male. About 800 tests are pending for a polymerase chain reaction test positivity rate of 1.6 percent Monday. About two-thirds of the new positive test results were discovered by PCR rests.

The new positive test results bring the accumulative county to 10.397 with 8,920 or about 86 percent recovered.

Most of the new cases were from Rockingham County — 18, while 15 live in Merrimack County, 10 reside in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, and seven live in Nashua.

Twenty-five people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 1,002 people are current cases.

The state said Monday that 333,115 people have been tested via PCR tests and 32,015 have been tested by antibody lab tests. More than 585,000 PCR tests have been administered in New Hampshire.

About 4,450 residents are under public health monitoring.

Editor’s note: Due to technical problems with the state’s COVID-19 charts, more data and information was not available at post time.


Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.

Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:

  • Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.

  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.

  • When you can’t practice 6 feet of social distancing, wear a face covering.

  • Anyone who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.

  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic and underlying health conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.

  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.

  • Employers should work from home as much as possible.

  • There is increasing evidence that the virus can survive for hours or possibly days on surfaces. People should clean frequently touched surfaces, including door handles, grocery carts and grocery basket handles, etc.

Take the same precautions as you would if you were sick:

  • Stay home and avoid public places.

  • Wear a face covering.

  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

  • Wash hands frequently.

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

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In Alabama, positivity rate for coronavirus tests is rising: Week in review

In Alabama, the positivity rate for coronavirus tests reached 16.9 percent as of Thursday – the highest it’s been since mid-September.

But it’s hard to compare that rate over time, because data backlogs and changes in reporting here have made comparisons difficult. State data is messy and getting messier.

On Sept. 1, for instance, the state changed the way it reports tests and removed about 27,000 tests from the logs. And this week, roughly 2,500 new probable cases in Mobile weren’t accompanied by a similar increase in tests.

The data issues can make it difficult to monitor progress in Alabama. For example, this week the Alabama Department of Public Health reported more than 10,000 coronavirus cases in the state, but that includes those 2,500 from a backlog at a local lab in Mobile County. Those cases were from some time between June and October 18. And maybe some came from other counties near Mobile.

Prior to the large influx on Friday from that backlog, the state was seeing a rise in new cases. The 7-day average for total new virus cases reached 1,128 in Alabama on Thursday. That’s the highest it’s been since Sept. 5.

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But the increase in new cases hasn’t been accompanied by an equal increase in tests. Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 22, the 7-day average for new cases has gone up by about five percent. Over the same span, the 7-day average for daily tests has done down by 23 percent.

The World Health Organization in May suggested countries should have positivity rates lower than 5 percent for at least 14 days before reopening.

Within Alabama, from county to county, positivity rates are all over the map.

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As of Thursday, Lamar County in northwest Alabama had the highest rate in the state at 45 percent. In the week leading up to Thursday, 37 cases were reported in Lamar County, and just 83 tests.

DeKalb County, in northeast Alabama, had a similar positivity rate with nearly 10 times the test numbers. More than 42 percent of the 720 tests performed there over that span came back positive.

No Alabama counties were below 5 percent positivity rate as of Thursday.

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Probable cases primarily include those found through antigen testing, and also those without any confirmed test but where the person has symptoms and has been in close contact with a confirmed case. The large increase in probables, along with confirmed cases, made this week’s total the highest since early August.

But that’s probably not a fair representation. Clicking on the ‘confirmed cases’ tab on the chart above controls for backlogs of probable cases and better shows the rise over recent weeks.

Confirmed cases are those with a positive molecular test, which takes longer but is considered more accurate. And though confirmed cases are slightly up, reported deaths are down significantly this week. The state reported 73 total virus deaths this

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