Use, abuse of Internet pharmacies

first_imgEfforts to halt the growing abuse of prescription drugs must include addressing the availability of these drugs on the Internet and increasing physician awareness of the dangers posed by Internet pharmacies.In a commentary in the Dec. 20 Annals of Internal Medicine, investigators from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California (USC), and The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) describe the probable contribution of Internet pharmacies to the problem and outline potential strategies for addressing the problem.“Controlled prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Xanax, and Ritalin are easily purchased over the Internet without a prescription, yet physician awareness of this problem is low,” says Anupam B. Jena of the MGH Department of Medicine, lead author of the article, and a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School.  “Abuse of medications purchased from websites can pose unique challenges to physicians because patients who abuse these medications may not fit clinical stereotypes of drug abusers.”The authors note that abuse of controlled prescription drugs now exceeds abuse of all illegal drugs combined, except marijuana. Some illegitimate online pharmacies sell drugs with no prescription or medical information at all while others ask for completion of a questionnaire before a prescription is issued by a physician who has never seen the patient. Studies from CASA Columbia have found that 85 percent of websites offering controlled prescription drugs do not require a prescription, and many that do allow the prescription to be faxed, increasing the risk of forgery or fraud.“The Internet serves as an open channel for distribution of controlled prescription drugs with no mechanisms to even block sales to children. This is particularly dangerous given that addiction is a disease that, in most cases, originates with substance use in adolescence,” says Susan Foster, vice president and director of Policy Research and Analysis at CASA Columbia.Additional investigations by U.S. agencies have verified the ease with which controlled drugs can be purchased online, but little information is available on how drugs acquired that way are used.  While some surveys suggest that as many as 10 percent of prescription drug abusers obtain their drugs online, the authors stress that such surveys probably underestimate the situation and would not reach individuals most likely to abuse prescription drugs purchased over the Internet.  They also note that surveys in drug treatment centers would totally miss local drug dealers, who are increasingly likely to access their supplies online.Earlier this year Jena and Dana Goldman, director of the Schaeffer Center at USC and also a co-author of the current article, published a study finding that the states with the greatest expansion in high-speed Internet access from 2000 to 2007 also had the largest increase in admissions for treatment of prescription drug abuse.  They estimated that for every 10 percent increase in high-speed Internet use during those years, admissions for prescription drug abuse increased 1 percent.  “Prescription use starts with the physician,” says Goldman, “and we need to more actively engage them to control illicit use.  Access to universal, electronic prescription records would be of great assistance in this regard.”Both federal and private agencies have taken measures to reduce the impact of illicit Internet pharmacies, including the 2008 passage of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, which specifically prohibits delivery of controlled substances prescribed by a physician who had never examined the patient.  But the success of that law and related efforts, such as FDA warning letters to Internet pharmacies and their service providers, is unknown.  The authors note that regulatory efforts also are “stymied by these pharmacies’ ability to appear, disappear, and reappear constantly,” and the reluctance of search engines to stop running ads for rogue online pharmacies.  The increasing online availability of prescription drugs may entice individuals believed to be at low risk for drug abuse to overuse controlled medications.The authors note that, while physicians and other health care providers should play a major part in addressing the challenges posed by Internet pharmacies, their awareness of the problem and ability to recognize and treat substance abuse of any kind is usually limited.  “Physicians need to educate patients about the risks of purchasing any medications over the Internet and should consider brief but routine questioning about Internet-based medication use,” says Jena, who is also a senior fellow at the Schaeffer Center at USC.  “Given the ability of illegal online pharmacies to evade law enforcement efforts, physician awareness and involvement will be crucial to reducing this problem.”last_img read more

Faculty reflect on legacy of Fr. Hesburgh

first_imgThe effects of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore “Ted” Hesburgh’s life and work were felt worldwide but especially resonated on campus.Campus staff and faculty, some of whom worked at the University during his presidency, felt pride in working for a school associated with such a progressive, influential figure.For Edward Hums, who teaches accounting and serves as the University’s first faculty-in-residence with his wife, Shirley, Hesburgh’s influence was prevalent before he ever stepped foot on campus.“My mom and my dad would always talk about how they had this great young priest from Notre Dame who came to Mishawaka to do their Pre-Cana after my dad returned from World War II,” Hums said. “This handsome young priest was Fr. Hesburgh, so in our house, nothing was more respected than Notre Dame, no one was more respected than Fr. Hesburgh.”Hums was able to develop a personal relationship with Hesburgh throughout his time as a Notre Dame. He said Hesburgh had an active presence both on and off campus during his presidency.“As students, we felt pride in having Fr. Hesburgh as our University’s president,” he said. “There were all these other presidents of Universities, and all those guys were just bookworms. Our president was doing everything and doing so all around the world.”Hums said after he graduated, he worked with Fr. Hesburgh in the Main Building for many years.“He was a people person,” he said. “He cared for everyone, and people respected his opinions. We were at a contentious Board of Trustees meeting about signing an NBC contract, and Father got up and spoke for about a minute.“He expressed his approval, saying, ‘You know, I think this is a good idea. I might have done something like this when I was president.’ And the contention dissipated — it was decided.”It was this presence and power that Robert Schmuhl, chair of the American studies department, remembers as well.“Fr. Hesburgh was always a voice of moral clarity on domestic and international issues,” he said. “Just as importantly, his words led to actions that changed and improved the lives of the people affected by those issues. He was unafraid in addressing and taking a stand on controversial issues, never flinching in the face of criticism.”For a few summers in the late 1990s, Edward and Shirley Hums spent two or three weeks at Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, as Hesburgh’s guests.“He had a little rustic cabin on the property,” Shirley Hums said. “He was never more relaxed than when he was out on the lakes. He would read all night and come down to breakfast around 1 or 2 p.m. to pour himself a bowl of cereal and chat.”Although their time at the cabin was spent fishing and relaxing, Land O’Lakes served as a central spot for many of the historical decisions Hesburgh coordinated. For example, Hums said the cabin’s dining table “looked just like a normal dining room table” to him, until Hesburgh elaborated on its history.“Father would say, ‘Well, you know, this is the table around which we did the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights vote. This is where we made the Land O’Lakes Statement to define what it means to be a Catholic university.”Hesburgh was a man who was remembered by stories and decisions like these, but he was also remembered for his daily interactions, expressing warmth and gratitude to all he met.Jim Yates, a staff member at Hesburgh Library, was one of the many touched by these small but memorable interactions.“I work the weekends, and every morning, Fr. Hesburgh would come in and ask for his reader for the newspaper,” Yates said. “He was a warm-hearted man who embraced everything Notre Dame and this library are about. His presence is and will continue to be felt and embraced in this workplace.”Tags: Edward Hums, Hesburgh, Jim Yates, Robert Schmuhl, Shirley Hums, Theodore Hesburghlast_img read more

Laura Benanti, Ramin Karimloo & More Set for Parade

first_img View Comments Laura Benanti Laura Benanti, Ramin Karimloo, Joshua Henry, Andy Mientus and more Broadway faves have joined the previously announced concert presentation of Parade. The musical by Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry marks the third production from Manhattan Concert Productions’ Broadway Series. The one-night-only event will take place on February 16, 2015 at Avery Fisher Hall. Brown will conduct his Tony-winning score.Benanti, who takes on the role of Lucille Frank, took home a Tony for her performance in Gypsy; the stage and screen fave was also nominated for Into the Woods and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break Down. Karimloo, who will play extremist writer Tom Watson, currently stars as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in his Tony-nominated Broadway debut. Henry, who will play Jim Conley, also earned a Tony nod earlier this year for his performance in Violet; he was also nominated for The Scottsboro Boys. Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Mientus will take on the role of Britt Craig; he made his Broadway debut this spring in Les Miserables.The cast will also feature Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked) as Mrs. Phagan, John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad) as Hugh Dorsey, Charlie Franklin (Bridges of Madison County) as Young Soldier/Frankie Epps, Davis Gaines (Phantom) as Old Soldier/Judge Roan, Caitlin Houlahan as Iola Stover, Andrea Jones-Sojola as Minnie Mcknight/Angela/Nina Formby, Nathaniel Stempley as Newt Lee/Riley and Emerson Steele as Mary Phagan. Additional casting, including the role of Leo Frank, will be announced later.Based on the true story of Leo Frank, convicted for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta in 1913, Parade recounts the press frenzy and public outrage about Frank’s trial and the crusade for justice waged by his wife, Lucille. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the musical explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Check Out Clips, Pics & More from Broadway at the White House

first_img View Comments Star Files [View the story “Broadway at the White House ” on Storify] Kristin Chenoweth Some of musical theater’s best filled the White House’s halls with show tunes on November 16 for Broadway at the White House, a special workshop hosted by Michelle Obama, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Finding Neverland star Matthew Morrison. The First Lady welcomed dozens of arts-enthused students to her presidential digs to join in with a series of classes and panels, as well as to watch some performances from shows such as Fun Home, An American in Paris and Something Rotten!. Take a look at clips, tweets, grams and more from yesterday, and tune in to TLC on Thanksgiving Day for a broadcast of the events.last_img read more

FARMEDIC

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA program offered at the University of Georgia’s Tifton, Ga., campus teaches emergency workers how to safely handle many farm emergencies and rescues.Each year, agricultural work is ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in injuries and death rates among U.S. occupations, said Glen Rains, an agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Rains coordinates farm safety extension classes and programs in Georgia through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“When I give safety talks, wherever I go there is someone there who has had or knows someone who has had a leg or fingers taken off, or worse, in some farming accident,” Rains said.About 60 emergency medical service and fire fighter personnel from across the country have taken the FARMEDIC course offered in Tifton, Rains said. The most recent course took place Nov. 6-7.The FARMEDIC program was developed at Cornell University to train the people who train other emergency medical providers. The program shows the best ways to approach and resolve accidents specific to farming. Over the past two decades, the program has been used to train more than 22,000 firefighters and EMS providers.Most farm equipment and machines are designed to rip, tear or move things with considerable force.A power take-off, or PTO, is a rotating shaft that transfers power from the tractor to an attached piece of equipment, such as a mower. They’re often not covered. And they account for many farm accidents. They can very quickly grab clothing and spin a person into it.Tractors can also roll over on a person who isn’t paying attention – or onto a person who is. Hands and legs can get sucked into hay balers. A person can fall into a grain silo. “The human body is just no match for most farm equipment,” Rains said.The FARMEDIC course gives rescuers an idea of what to expect when they arrive on a farm accident scene, he said. Most important, they learn how to secure the scene by turning off machinery that may have been running for hours, avoiding injury.According to the USDA, most farming accidents happen to people between the ages of 10 and 14 and to those over 65, Rains said. “Most farming accidents are caused by a person’s inexperience or slow reaction time,” Rains said.For information about FARMEDIC or other farm safety programs, contact Glen Rains at (229) 386-3377, or e-mail him at ([email protected]).last_img read more

VAB honors Vermont commercial of the year winners

first_imgRutland radio station WDVT and Colchester television station WVNY won top honors in the 2009 Vermont Association of Broadcasters “Commercial of the Year” competition.More than 160 entries were received from radio stations, television stations and advertising agencies around Vermont. The awards were presented earlier this month at the VAB Convention at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.WDVT won the first-place award in the radio station “Best Commercial” category for a commercial it produced for Farrell Distributing entitled “Bud American Ale.” The commercial also took home the “Best in Show” award for radio.In the television competition, WVNY won first place in the “Best Commercial” category for “Busy Dogs,” a commercial it produced for Small Dog Electronics. The commercial also earned WVNY the overall “Best in Show” award for TV commercials.Burlington advertising agency Shadow Productions won three radio awards and one television award, including the runner-up “Best in Show” awards in both categories.WDVT is part of the Catamount Radio Group in Rutland. Overall, the station group won top honors in five different radio categories, as well as winning the radio “Best in Show” award.WCAX won three first place trophies in the television competition and WPTZ took home top honors in two categories. WFFF, which is owned by the same group that owns WVNY, also won top honors in one category.Other radio station winners included WYKR in Wells River, WIZN in Burlington and WSTJ in St. Johnsbury.Other advertising agencies winning first-place trophies included Marketing Partners of Burlington, Mt. Mansfield Media of Colchester and Verde Group Films of Burlington.The judging was done by a ten-person team assembled by Champlain College communications professor Nancy Kerr.Here is the complete list of winners:BEST PRODUCED RADIO COMMERCIAL, AGENCY-PRODUCED:SHADOW PRODUCTIONSCLIENT: CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR SPOT TITLE: NEW DEFINITION OF FUN WRITER: MATT DUGAN PRODUCER: ROB OSTRANDER TALENT: RUTH WALLMAN, KEN WOLVINGTONBEST PRODUCED RADIO COMMERCIAL, STATION-PRODCUED: WSYBCLIENT: ELEGANT FLOWERS SPOT TITLE: ANSWERING MACHINE WRITER: DAVE RICARD, PRODUCER: THAD MONTEIRO TALENT: DEBBIE GREMBOWICZ, THAD MONTEIROFUNNIEST COMMERCIAL, AGENCY-PRODUCED: SHADOW PRODUCTIONSCLIENT: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATIONSPOT TITLE:  ROBOT DOG WRITER: KAZA ASSOCIATES  PRODUCER: ALEX BALL TALENT: EMILY LYONS, PAUL KAZAFUNNIEST COMMERCIAL, STATION-PRODUCED: WYKR CLIENT: FAIRLEE FEED SPOT TITLE: SNOW SHOVELS WRITER: JOHN DITCHEOS, PATRICIA STEBBINSPRODUCER: JOE LETTER, MERL GRABOWSKI TALENT: JOHN DITCHEOS, PATRICIA STEBBINSBEST COMMERCIAL, AGENCY-PRODUCED: SHADOW PRODUCTIONSCLIENT: PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NNESPOT TITLE: DON’T DO IT WRITER: PLANNED PARENTHOOD NNEPRODUCER: SHADOW PRODUCTIONS TALENT: ALLISON DAVIS, ALEX BALL, GERI ANN HIGGINSBEST COMMERCIAL, STATION-PRODUCED: WDVTCLIENT: FARRELL DISTRIBUTINGSPOT TITLE: BUD AMERICAN ALE WRITTEN BY GLEN NOVAK, PRODUCED BY THAD MONTEIRO TALENT: THAD MONTEIROBEST PRODCUED PROMO, STATION-PRODUCED: WJJRPROMO TITLE: 80’S NEW YEAR’S EVE WRITTEN BY CARRIE ALLEN AND BRIAN COLLAMOREPRODUCED BY JAMES EMMONS TALENT: JAMES EMMONSFUNNIEST PROMO, STATION-PRODUCED: WZRTPROMO TITLE: EAT AND GET GAS WRITTEN BY AMNDA BEGINS AND JD REDMANPRODUCED BY FRANK GONZALES TALENT: SEAN CALDWELLBEST PROMO, STATION-PRODUCED: WIZNPROMO TITLE: METALLICA ROCKS D.C. WRITTEN BY MATT GRASSO, PRODUCED BY PETE POWERS TALENT: VIC CORROLLABEST PRODUCED PSA, STATION-PRODUCED: WJJR PSA TITLE: DRUNK DRIVING WRITTEN BY CAMMY AUDIA, PRODUCED BY CAMMY AUDIA TALENT: CAMMY AUDIABEST PSA, STATION-PRODUCED: WSTJPSA TITLE: CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK WRITTEN BY JANET EDMONDSON, PRODUCED BY MIKE COHEN TALENT: GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOLTV AWARDSBEST PRODUCED COMMERCIAL, AGENCY-PRODUCED:  MARKETING PARTNERSCLIENT: VERMONT HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAM SPOT TITLE: FORGET SOMETHING? WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY MARKETING PARTNERSTALENT: OLIVER WAITE, LOUGHLIN NEUERT, GERI ANN HIGGINSBEST PRODUCED COMMERCIAL, STATION:  WPTZCLIENT: ECHO SCIENCE CENTERSPOT TITLE: BODY LANGUAGEWRITTEN BY STEVE LEIBMAN, PRODUCED BY DAVE FLEMING TALENT: MARTY MORANFUNNIEST COMMERCIAL, AGENCY-PRODUCED: SHADOW PRODUCTIONSCLIENT: CITY MARKETSPOT TITLE: PINCH WRITTEN BY MATT DUGAN, PRODUCED BY DOUG LANG TALENT: DOUG LANGFUNNIEST COMMERCIAL, STATION-PRODUCED: WFFF CLIENT: SMALL DOG ELECTRONICS SPOT TITLE: BLOOPERS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY ANDY BRUMBAUGH TALENT: DON MAYERBEST COMMERCIAL, AGENCY-PRODUCED: THE VERDE GROUPCLIENT: THE NATURAL DENTISTSPOT TITLE: AWAKEN WRITTEN BY ARENA PARTNERS, PRODCUED BY DENIS O’BRIEN AND ISELA MARIN O’BRIEN. TALENT: KAREN HUTTONBEST COMMERCIAL, STATION-PRODUCED:WVNYCLIENT: SMALL DOG ELECTRONICSSPOT TITLE: BUSY DOGSWRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY ANDY BRUMBAUGHTALENT: DON MAYERBEST PROMO, STATION-PRODUCED: WCAXPROMO TITLE: DESTINATION RECREATION WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THEA LEWISEDITED BY DAN BURKEBEST PRODUCED PSA: WCAXPSA TITLE: FESTIVAL OF FOOLS WRITTEN AND PRODCUED BY TARA PEREIRA, EDITED BY DAN BURKE. TALENT: TIM KAVANAGHFUNNIEST PSA: WCAXPSA TITLE: PENGUIN PLUNGE WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY THEA LEWISEDITED BY DAN BURKEBEST PSA, AGENCY-PRODUCED: MT. MANSFIELD MEDIACLIENT: VT DEPT. OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIESPSA TITLE: PROJECT FAMILY WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY MT. MANSFIELD MEDIABEST PSA, STATION-PRODUCED:WPTZCAMPAIGN TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSEPSA TITLE: WALK FOR CHILDREN WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY JUSTIN VANCOURTALENT: GABRIELLE KOMOROWSKIBEST IN SHOW FOR RADIO, RUNNER-UP: SHADOW PRODUCTIONSCLIENT: CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR SPOT TITLE: NEW DEFINITION OF FUN WRITER: MATT DUGAN PRODUCER: ROB OSTRANDER TALENT: RUTH WALLMAN, KEN WOLVINGTONBEST IN SHOW FOR RADIO, FIRST PLACE: WDVTCLIENT: FARRELL DISTRIBUTINGSPOT TITLE: BUD AMERICAN ALE WRITTEN BY GLEN NOVAK, PRODUCED BY THAD MONTEIRO TALENT: THAD MONTEIROBEST IN SHOW FOR TV, RUNNER-UP: SHADOW PRODUCTIONSCLIENT: CITY MARKETSPOT TITLE: PINCHWRITTEN BY MATT DUGAN, PRODUCED BY DOUG LANG TALENT: DOUG LANGBEST IN SHOW FOR TV, FIRST PLACE: WVNYCLIENT: SMALL DOG ELECTRONICSSPOT TITLE: BUSY DOGS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY ANDY BRUMBAUGHTALENT: DON MAYERlast_img read more

Cesc Fabregas says Arsene Wenger was better at developing young players than Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho

first_imgCesc Fabregas says Arsene Wenger was better at developing young players than Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho SPONSORED Skip Ad The Spaniard is on a long list of youngsters who thrived under the Arsenal legend (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas has shared his differing experiences of working under three coaching geniuses in Arsene Wenger, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho and feels the ex-Arsenal boss is the best manager there has been at developing youngsters.The Spaniard, who currently plays for Monaco, made his professional debut with the Gunners under Wenger in 2003, later returning to Barcelona to play under Guardiola before a spell with Chelsea under Mourinho.He won honours at all three clubs and ranks the coaches extremely highly, though he will always hold Wenger in particularly special regard and feels his work with young players is unparalleled. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire About Connatix V67539 Top articles 1 min. story ‘Pep’s main point is move the ball fast and have the right movement at the right time to find the right space. This is how he works. What I like about him as well is that he could change tactics three times in one game. This is sensational, he spends so many hours at the training ground.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And Jose, Jose is the coach that tactically he’s got one system but he works on that system very well. Very well because he’s got the specific players for the right system.‘He knows, one day when I met him first, he told me, “I need two players, I’m going to sign Diego Costa and if you come to me…” and he drew me the team on paper and said, “… this team is winning the title”. He said that to me, the first day I met him.‘He said he only needed two players. And after that, working with him, he’s probably the coach that played with my mind better in terms of he’s a great coach for great players. Because he plays with the mind, he stimulates you.’MORE: Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas slams Man Utd duo Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney over infamous Pizzagate clashMORE: Mauricio Pochettino reveals coffee meeting with Unai Emery after losing Spurs and Arsenal jobsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Read More Read More Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 May 2020 4:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares PLAY ‘He teaches the young players how to behave and how to play the game. He has a certain ability of how to spend time with players and teach them exactly the way he wants his team to play.‘And I think in this way a lot of people talk, sometimes a young player doesn’t do well, especially now in football you don’t have patience, the press is on you, the fans are on you, they want to win. But he’s got that patience. You play one bad game, he will give you another opportunity. And another one after.‘Obviously at the end you will need to take it, as a young player you need to be there to take it and grab it. But he never shakes under pressure in this case and that’s not easy and he has this ability and I love the way he understands football.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘For me it’s probably the time where I felt most free to play football the way I want to express myself. Right, left, nobody needed to tell me what to do or how to play my game because he taught me and we had that trust with each other.’On Guardiola, he continued: ‘And then Pep, Pep is probably the most tactical manager out of the three. He loves the structure even though he’s not telling you all the time, “Be here”.‘But he trusts that the way he plays, and the way he teaches you to play, will find the right spaces – obviously because he had great teams, don’t get me wrong, it’s easier to explain to Iniesta than to someone else. But he always felt that when you play the ball quick and at the right time, you will always find the guy that is free and will be able to make a difference. Coming Next Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE center_img Read More by Metro Video Settings Read More 1/1 Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Comment Full Screen Skip Wenger, Mourinho and Guardiola all managed Fabregas during his career (Picture: Getty)Asked how the trio differed in an interview with Rio Ferdinand for his new FIVE YouTube series The Locker Room, Fabregas explained: ‘I think Arsene Wenger is the best coach for young players, definitely. I cannot see anyone better than him, because he gives opportunities, he teaches you.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Awards $10 Million to 23 Entities to Develop Effective COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapies

first_img August 27, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Awards $10 Million to 23 Entities to Develop Effective COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapiescenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced that 23 awardees will receive $10 million in grant funding through the COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments and Therapies (CV-VTT) program to support the rapid advancement of vaccines, treatments and therapies by qualified biotechnology entities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“We know that the only way we can get back to our normal lives is by developing a robust testing and tracing infrastructure combined with effective, safe and affordable treatments and vaccines,” said Gov. Wolf. “The funding awarded today will jumpstart a number of promising projects that would help Pennsylvania overcome this devastating global pandemic, setting us on a path to recovery and protection both now and in the future.”Of the 23 projects, $6.8 million was awarded to 12 vaccine projects, nearly $1.2 million was awarded to five therapy projects, nearly $1.6 million was awarded to five treatment projects, and $430,000 was awarded to a project that will support the build out of physical infrastructure, advancing the development of leading edge innovations in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.Projects awarded funding include those that will study the use of cancer medications on COVID-19 patients; the development of a research and training space to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 treatment development; the acceleration of vaccine development efforts; and the development of a protective antibody for at-risk individuals, including the elderly, among other innovative and promising new ideas.The full list of grant recipients can be found here.The program, announced last month, was made available to Pennsylvania-based entities that demonstrate both a financial need and a well-defined pathway to the accelerated commercialization of a new vaccine, treatment or therapy in direct response to fight against COVID-19.Funding for the program was appropriated from the Act 2A of 2020, known as the COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriation Act of 2019, to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), to be administered through a Notice of Subgrant by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Office of Technology and Innovation.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

IPE Conference: Quarter of all mandates are ‘in the danger zone’

first_imgCarsten Eckert, InsticubeFurther research from the platform revealed what were the most important asset manager selection criteria for the asset owners.“Performance of products” ranked as the most important factor, followed by “clarity and consistency of investment process”, then “understanding goals and needs of clients”.Eckert said the firm’s data from asset owners also showed the extent of the significant growth in passive management that had occurred over the last four years.In 2017, 36% of assets from the investor sample were managed passively, up from 18% in 2014.Eckert said the growth of passive investment reduced the market’s risk-bearing capacity and eroded revenue margins.“Given times of extraordinary volatility, with [active asset management] diminishing; the active risk-taking mandates diminishing in volume – do we have enough capacity in the industry to survive extra volatility, now that we allow the replication, and the passive, algorithm-driven market to grow so fast?” he asked the audience.Insticube gathers information on how assets owners see their asset managers and is jointly owned by IPE and Asset Metrix. European asset owners are dissatisfied with a quarter of all the asset management mandates that are currently being run on their behalf, according to data from pan-European research firm Insticube.Carsten Eckert, managing director of the Munich-based company, told delegates at the IPE Conference in Prague: “25% of the market is looking for – or is considering – proposals for better service.”He was presenting the results of data collected from asset owners across 19 European countries and covering 5,200 mandates.When recently asked whether they would be happy to recommend their asset managers to another colleague in the industry, they plumped for a rating of between one and six – on a scale of 10 – for a quarter of these mandates. Eckert said he considered that scores of between one and seven could be considered diplomatic ways of saying “no”, but in this case he had made the more conservative choice of only counting one to six as implicitly negative responses.“So that’s very interesting – there is another 25% of the market in motion,” he told the conference, describing these mandates as “in the danger zone”.last_img read more

Foreign couples leap at chance for same-sex vows

first_imgStuff.co 20 Sept 2013It might not be the flood of bookings some may have expected, but gay and lesbian couples are taking New Zealand up on its offer to legally bind them in marriage.Eighty-two same-sex couples have married since the Marriage Amendment Act came into force on August 19 – more than a quarter from overseas – and just under half made the change from a civil union.Births, Deaths and Marriages registrar-general Jeff Montgomery said the office expected the number of applications for same-sex marriage to increase in spring.Marriage celebrant Helen White said she had three weddings booked in for the coming months, including a couple who wanted to celebrate their 50th anniversary together by tying the knot, but she had not had a rush of inquiries.“I think it will probably be about as many booked as civil unions, nobody has been rushing me off my feet . . . I was expecting more, really.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9187779/Foreign-couples-leap-at-chance-for-same-sex-vowslast_img read more