The past few weeks have been a trying time.
Information is coming at us from all directions, and most of it in uncertain terms. As things continue to change rapidly, the leadership at ASTCT has been trying to understand and communicate the impact of COVID-19 on the transplantation and cellular therapy patients, and community overall. We’ve been working closely with our partner organizations to develop resources for our members and the patients they serve.
I’d like to highlight some of those things and direct you to some of ASTCT’s important resources:
- The ASTCT Government Relations Committee sent a letter to several members of Congress, urging them to ensure the implementation of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to manufacture necessarily medical equipment to combat COVID-19.
- We’ve developed a COVID-19 community page that is regularly updated with the most current patient guidelines, educational resources, event updates and webinars, as well as the latest news.
- We hosted a town hall in late March on the effects of COVID-19, and another last week. Those are available to download here.
- Members of ASTCT's Infectious Disease SIG have developed interim guidelines for COVID-19 management of HCT and cellular therapy patients. These guidelines will be modified as new information becomes available, including more data on epidemiology and clinical outcomes, and efficacy of drug therapies including clinical trial outcomes of novel therapeutics. Click here to view updated guidelines.
- Join us for a webinar on April 8 where our ASTCT Government Relations team will breakdown how telehealth reimbursement will impact BMT and cellular therapy in response to COVID-19.
As this situation continues to unfold, we are dedicated to helping you access important resources and information. You can expect more webinars, more policy information and more support.
I want to keep this message short and simple—but please know ASTCT is working diligently on your behalf. Look out for more messages from leadership and biweekly email updates from ASTCT headquarters, and I urge you to join us on our community page and in our webinars.
Stay healthy and be kind—to yourself and those around you.
Pavan Reddy, MD, ASTCT President