GPs need training to tackle chronic opioid use

medicalxpress | May 13, 2019

GPs must be better-equipped to support patients to manage the psychological challenge of reducing their opioid use—according to new research from the University of East Anglia. The  recommendation is part of a toolkit being launched today to help GPs reduce the amount of opioids they prescribe. The toolkit outlines seven areas of best practice to tackle chronic opioid use—based on international research evidence, the experiences of health organisations and individual practitioners. It comes after figures for England and Wales revealed an increase in opioid prescriptions of more than 60 per cent over the last decade—from 14 million in 2008 to 23 million last year.

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BD TO ACQUIRE PARATA SYSTEMS TO ENTER NEW PHARMACY AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS MARKET

BD | June 07, 2022

BD a leading global medical technology company, and Frazier Healthcare Partners, a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the health care sector, today announced a definitive agreement for BD to acquire Parata Systems, an innovative provider of pharmacy automation solutions, for $1.525 billion. Parata's portfolio of innovative pharmacy automation solutions power a growing network of pharmacies to reduce costs, enhance patient safety and improve the patient experience. Significant macro trends such as clinician shortages, wage inflation, centralization of pharmacy services and increased clinical demands on pharmacists are driving demand for intelligent workflow solutions. Through the use of automation and advanced software, pharmacists can focus more of their time on higher value clinical work and patient interactions to help improve medication adherence, medication safety and patient outcomes. The transaction will be complementary to BD's solutions in medication management with a new set of technologies across the care continuum, including acute care health systems, retail pharmacies, long-term care and home settings. Parata provides BD access to a new $600 million pharmacy automation market segment that is expected to grow approximately 10% annually to $1.5 billion in the U.S. alone over 10 years. Together with BD, the company expects Parata's solutions to outpace market growth through BD's commercial footprint, global scale and innovation capabilities. "Parata expands BD's solutions to a new area of the high-growth pharmacy automation space and is a prime example of BD executing our disciplined M&A strategy. Parata has a highly attractive financial profile and compelling value proposition that meets all of our rigorous investment criteria on growth, profitability and returns. With the addition of Parata, BD further advances our 2025 growth strategy around smart, connected care and enabling new care settings. We look forward to welcoming the talented Parata team to BD." Tom Polen, chairman, chief executive officer and president of BD Rob Kill, chief executive officer of Parata added, "BD and Parata share a common purpose with closely aligned cultures. We are very proud of the company the team has built at Parata over the past 21 years and feel BD is a great home for our company, innovative solutions and technology, and Parata's team members. The combination with BD will further advance our purpose of powering pharmacies to help people lead healthier lives." About BD BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 75,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care. About Parata Systems Parata provides pharmacy technology solutions to reduce costs, enhance patient safety and improve the patient experience by offering a comprehensive pharmacy automation portfolio with medication adherence packaging, high-speed robotic dispensing technologies and pharmacy workflow solutions. About Frazier Healthcare Partners Founded in 1991, Frazier Healthcare Partners is a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare sector. With over $7.1 billion in total capital raised, Frazier has invested in more than 200 companies with transaction types ranging from buyouts of profitable healthcare services companies to venture capital and company creation. Frazier has a philosophy of partnering with strong management teams while leveraging its internal operating resources and network to build exceptional companies. Frazier has offices in Seattle, WA, and Menlo Park, CA, and invests broadly across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

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Simulations Plus Hosts 2nd Annual Pharmacometrics Workshop

Simulations Plus, Inc. | July 04, 2022

Simulations Plus, Inc. a leading provider of modeling and simulation software and services for pharmaceutical safety and efficacy, today announced record-setting attendance and virtual content delivery for the 2022 Pharmacometrics Spring School using MonolixSuite™. New for 2022 was the introduction of the “NCA, bioequivalence, and beyond! Spring School” course using PKanalix™. Both workshops were held in March 2022. This year’s Spring Schools focused on population modeling for model-informed drug development and simulations of clinical trials using the MonolixSuite, and the analysis of PK data using non-compartmental analysis and bioequivalence calculations using the PKanalix platform. These courses, which were free to the pharmacometrics community, comprised both theoretical discussions and hands-on sessions. In total, there were 936 attendees from over 50 countries. The attendees were industry professionals from regulatory agencies, pharma companies, biotech, and CROs, as well as students and doctoral/postdoctoral researchers, with different backgrounds, who used the skills taught in these courses to make their modeling and simulation work more powerful and efficient. “The positive feedback and momentum from our first Spring School in 2021 carried forward to this year’s program, further substantiating the need to provide the pharmacometrics community with quality material and training. As a leader in providing modeling and simulation (M&S) software tools and services to support the industry and our clients in their efforts to leverage M&S for more efficient drug development, we were very pleased by the strong interest and support from the user community, and we look forward to offering our pharmacometrics workshops again in 2023.” Dr. Jonathan Chauvin, President of the Lixoft division at Simulations Plus About Simulations Plus Serving clients worldwide for 25 years, Simulations Plus is a leading provider in the biosimulation market providing software and consulting services supporting drug discovery, development, research, and regulatory submissions. We offer solutions that bridge machine learning, physiologically based pharmacokinetics, quantitative systems pharmacology/toxicology, and population PK/PD modeling approaches. Our technology is licensed and applied by major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and regulatory agencies worldwide. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) We focus our Environmental, Social, and Governance efforts where we can have the most positive impact.

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Athira Pharma Announces Topline Results from ACT-AD Phase 2 Proof of Concept Study of Fosgonimeton in Mild-to-Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

Athira Pharma, Inc. | June 27, 2022

Athira Pharma, Inc. a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing small molecules to restore neuronal health and slow neurodegeneration, today announced topline results from its exploratory ACT-AD Phase 2 study of fosgonimeton in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Fosgonimeton is a small molecule designed to enhance the activity of Hepatocyte Growth Factor and its receptor, MET, which are expressed in the central nervous system to promote brain health and function. “Following compelling ERP P300 latency biomarker data from a small Phase 1b trial over eight days in Alzheimer’s patients on fosgonimeton monotherapy, this Phase 2 trial provides valuable insights into the nature of this novel intervention over 26 weeks. ACT-AD was designed as a learning study to further investigate the ERP P300 biomarker signal over 6 months, assess safety in a patient population more representative of the real world, by allowing the use of add-on standard-of-care acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs, e.g., donepezil), and explore fosgonimeton’s effect on psychometric outcomes, including ADAS-Cog11, to inform the ongoing Phase 3 LIFT-AD study. To that end, this study achieved its goal,” said Hans Moebius, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of Athira. “The study was intended to show differences on the biomarker ERP P300 latency. This primary endpoint was not met by protocoled analysis, however a pre-specified subgroup analysis indicated a potential diminished effect of fosgonimeton when given in combination with AChEIs. A subsequent post hoc analysis of the data from patients on fosgonimeton monotherapy showed a meaningful improvement in both ERP P300 latency and cognitive performance compared to placebo at 26 weeks. “These data points are very encouraging as they indicate the expected pharmacological activity of fosgonimeton by parallel improvement on ERP P300 latency and ADAS-Cog11 and show a favorable safety profile over six months. This is the first time monotherapy fosgonimeton has shown an effect on ADAS-Cog11, suggesting a potential cognitive benefit. We will use these insights for a rational optimization of the ongoing LIFT-AD trial. We plan to seek advice from our scientific advisors, investigators, and ultimately regulators on how to expeditiously analyze and potentially adapt the LIFT-AD study,” Dr. Moebius “The data from the fosgonimeton monotherapy analysis are encouraging and show biologic activity that may support the potential role of the HGF/MET pathway in neurodegenerative diseases,” said Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., FAAN, professor of neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ. “ACT-AD adds to the body of literature suggesting ERP P300 latency as an important biomarker for cognitive status.”

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MEDITECH Wins Google Cloud Industry Solution Partner of the Year Award for Healthcare

MEDITECH | June 15, 2022

MEDITECH announced that it has received the 2021 Google Cloud Industry Solution Partner of the Year award for Healthcare. MEDITECH was recognized for its achievements in the Google Cloud ecosystem, helping joint customers to develop systems that complement their EHR with scalable, secure data storage and access. Built to harness Google Cloud for patient data storage and access, provider mobility, and organizational efficiency, MEDITECH Expanse encompasses a growing suite of solutions that deliver innovative, cost-effective healthcare technology. The company also deployed MEDITECH Cloud Platform, a set of new applications including Expanse Patient Connect, Expanse Now, Virtual Care, and High Availability SnapShot that provide providers and patients with a better, more mobile healthcare experience. “We’re proud to recognize MEDITECH as our Industry Partner of the Year for Healthcare, based on their deep knowledge and evident experience in helping customers across the healthcare industry succeed,” said Bronwyn Hastings, VP of Global ISV Partnerships and Channels, Google Cloud. “MEDITECH has demonstrated strong technical and service capabilities over this past year, and we look forward to expanding our work together to help healthcare organizations digitally transform their businesses.” Most recently, MEDITECH released Expanse Ambulatory for independent physician practices, representing its entry into a new segment of the healthcare market and leveraging Google Cloud to deliver an intuitive cloud-based practice management solution to more organizations. MEDITECH maintained a strong pace of new customer signings and solution deployments that further expanded its reach and bolstered the company’s reputation as a proven partner for health systems of all sizes. Propelled by the deployment of new solutions such as Ambulatory and impressive sales of the cloud-based MEDITECH as a Service (MaaS) deployment model, MEDITECH secured the second-largest market share growth in the EHR space in 2021. The company’s continued market growth in the large hospital segment again earned plaudits from the global healthcare research firm KLAS, which ranked MEDITECH Expanse #1 in Acute Care EMR (Community Hospital), Patient Accounting & Patient Management, and Home Health EHR. “Our embrace of Google Cloud-powered solutions is a further evolution of MEDITECH’s stance that the time for incremental change is over. We have set out to redefine what an EHR can be,” said MEDITECH Vice President Scott Radner. “We are honored to be recognized by Google Cloud for creating healthcare solutions that ensure faster development, lower costs, and better health outcomes. Our goal is to help healthcare organizations realize tomorrow’s possibilities, today.” About MEDITECH MEDITECH empowers healthcare organizations around the world to expand their vision of what’s possible with Expanse, the intuitive EHR setting new standards for usability, efficiency, and personalization. Our agile innovation is advancing the productivity of busy clinicians in 23 countries, driving positive clinical outcomes and patient experiences. MEDITECH solutions span every care setting, from acute centers and ambulatory practices, to home health and hospice, long-term care and behavioral health facilities, outpatient services, patients’ homes and beyond. Expand your possibilities.

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