Healthcare’s Fountain of Youth

Oct 27, 2015

The medical revolution is creating the prospect of much longer – and healthier – lives. But achieving the full benefits requires better logistics. Undeniably, aging populations, chronic diseases and ongoing constraints on public finances are presenting significant challenges to healthcare systems in Europe. Daniel Gagnon of UPS focuses on healthcare. ...

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Contact Killing on Copper Surfaces: From Lab to Application

Oct 27, 2015

As evidence grows for the key role of the environment in the spread of infection, the selection of materials for hygiene-sensitive environments is moving up the agenda, and copper is leading the way with unmatched efficacy against headline-making pathogens. This article provides an update on the expanding evidence base – from laboratory experiments to clinical trials – and illustrates the growing adoption in healthcare and other sectors. Angela Vessey, of Copper Development Association, guides us from the laboratory to application, focusing on the usage of copper. ...

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Rapid and Traditional Methods in the Contract Microbiology Laboratory

Oct 27, 2015

In the world of contract testing, we are bound by regulatory guidelines and high client expectations. We perform the necessary safety and performance testing of pharmaceutical and medical device products that will be used by the general public. It is therefore vital that we work to prescribed guidelines, with our performance under constant review through audits by regulatory bodies and our clients. Lynne Murdoch at Wickham Laboratories Limited explains rapid and traditional methods in the contract microbiology laboratory. ...

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Orphan Drug Trials: Putting the Patient First

Oct 27, 2015

Over recent years, there has been a notable increase in the number of orphan drugs being successfully brought to market. Here, Jennifer Peters of Greenphire speaks to International Pharmaceutical Industry about the orphan drugs market, the unique logistical challenges faced by organisations when conducting clinical trials for this type of drug, and how addressing payment processes and financial management strategies can overcome them. ...

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Delivering Patient-centric Support Services in Clinical Trials

Oct 27, 2015

While patient safety is paramount in clinical trials, there are a number of additional key patient concerns, including recruitment, engagement, retention and compliance. Patients also require significant support throughout a trial for scheduling visits, visit/ medication reminders, completing diaries/questionnaires, emergency medical enquiries, technical device enquiries and simply questions related to their involvement in the trial. Julia Lakeland at PAREXEL shares her thoughts on patient-centric support services in clinical trials. ...

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