Bracket Acquires Clintara In Move To Strengthen Rater Training, Quality Assurance, And Electronic Clinical Outcomes Assessment Capabilities

WAYNE, Pa. and BOSTON, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Bracket Global, LLC and Clintara are happy to announce both companies have actually agreed to combine. Bracket will certainly include the Clintara platform of surveillance strategies produced for clinical trials within Bracket’s proprietary electronic platform for Clinical Outcome Assessments (eCOA). The integration will certainly consist of Clintara’s innovative C-VISA Subject Eligibility Validation regimen made to make certain correct patients are enrolled in clinical trials.

Bracket CEO Jeff Kinell stated, “I am impressed by the culture, company practices, and scientific innovation reflected in Clintara’s stable growth and impact on our industry. I am actually excited concerning our future possibilities together.”

Founded in 2009 by Steven D. Targum, MD, Clintara’s methodology and technology involves audio-digital pen recordings of site-based interviews and site-independent “dual” scoring reviews. The Clintara surveillance strategy has actually enhanced ratings precision and improved the data integrity of clinical trials.

The Clintara leadership will certainly assume expanded roles within Bracket. Dr. Targum will certainly come to be the Scientific Director of Bracket and will certainly job carefully along with Bracket’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, David Daniel, MD. Clintara CEO Colin Bower will certainly come to be Vice President, Scientific Programs and will certainly job along with the Bracket leadership group and Scientific Advisory Board to create cutting-edge solutions to enhance the conduct of clinical trials.

About Clintara
Clintara is a privately-held clinical service and technology business headquartered in Boston, MA. Clintara was founded in 2009 by Dr. Steven Targum, MD. Clintara has actually conducted over 60 trials which have actually included 23,000 screens at over 2,200 sites about the world.

About Bracket
Bracket, along with 7 offices and much more compared to 500 employees worldwide, is focused on bringing with each other best-in-class science, technology and service to drive superior clinical outcome outcomes for pharmaceutical companies and for patients. In August 2013, Bracket became an independent portfolio business of Parthenon Capital Partners, a Boston– and San Francisco-based growth-oriented private equity firm that provides capital and strategic resources to growing middle market companies for acquisitions and internal growth.

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Best Practices in Building Strong Medical Affairs Capabilities in the Changing Healthcare Environment

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As the importance of Medical Affairs continues to grow and the marketplace evolves, discovering exactly how companies Medical Affairs functions are adapting to the changing healthcare environment is important for overall organizational success.

According to recent research by benchmarking firm, Finest Practices, LLC, it is important to demonstrate Medical Affairs value proposition via clear, compelling metrics. The lot of believed leader engagements, and total lot of panels and presentations conducted were the top performance metrics used by the 2 Mature and Emerging Market companies in the study to underline the value of the Medical Affairs organization.

The related report, “Finest Practices in Aligning the Medical Affairs Function to Satisfy Its Role in a Changing Healthcare Environment,” provides leaders along with current comparative data, performance metrics, insights and Finest practices from Medical Affairs leaders at top companies throughout the healthcare industry.

Key study topics include:

  • Medical Affairs Group Structure & Leadership
  • Medical Affairs Source Allocation & Management
  • Medical Affairs Performance Metrics
  • Field-Based Medical Group Operations
  • Thought Leader Management

This benchmarking research drew participation from thirty leading healthcare companies. Segmentation analysis was Essential to examining trends and efficient practices. Twenty-two participants comprise the Mature Markets segment, while the Emerging Markets segment features 6 participants from Brazil, India and various other Asia markets.

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For a lot more write-up on various other recent primary research studies, contact us at 919.403.0251. For related research, visit our Finest Practices, LLC website at

Finest Practices, LLC is a leading benchmarking, consulting and advisory programs firm serving biopharmaceutical and medical device companies worldwide. Finest Practices, LLC’s clients contain every one of the top 10 and 48 of the top 50 global healthcare companies. The firm conducts primary research and consulting utilizing its comprehensive proprietary benchmarking tools and analysis. The operational insights, findings and analysis form the basis for our Benchmarking Reports, databases and advisory programs to assist executives in commercial and R&D operations. Finest Practices, LLC believes in the profound principle that organizations can easily chart a road to superior economic performance by studying the very best firm practices, operating tactics and winning strategies of world-class companies.


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New research aims to refine increasingly popular plastic surgery procedures: Buttock augmentation and vaginal rejuvenation surgery

2 of the fastest-increasing plastic surgical procedure functions have gluteoplasty or “butt augmentation,” to enhance the look of the buttocks; that time labiaplasty to treat cosmetic that time flexible comes to along with the vagina. Brand-new insights in to the usage that time outcomes of these functions have postured in a Brand-new article.

Australia Breaks With Biologic Prescribers, Other Regulators on Biosimilar Substitution

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) today condemned recent announcements by Australian Good health Minister Sussan Ley and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) that Australia would certainly break along with widely-held global standards by becoming the initial and only nation to enable pharmacy-degree substitution of biologic medicines devoid of physician involvement.

Patient advocate Stephen Murby, former chair of the Consumers Good health Forum and an ASBM Advisory Board member said of the move: “Allowing automatic substitution of biosimilars is an enormously retrograde step for Australia. One which is forever out-of-kilter along with globe ideal technique and which has actually the potential to reduce the standards of safe use of biosimilars for patients.”

Biosimilars are copies of the biologic medicines used to treat severe conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer- potentially at lower costs. Yet unlike generic versions of chemical drugs, which are structurally identical to their reference products, biosimilars are merely “similar” to their reference products. Even seemingly minor differences between two similar biologics can easily develop unexpected effects in patients, such as unwanted immune responses that harm quite compared to heal.

“In eleven countries, ASBM has actually asked the physicians that routinely prescribe these medicines to weigh in on automatic substitution, and in every country surveyed, the response has actually been widespread opposition” Murby said.

  • Notification in the event of a biosimilar substitution was considered “quite important” or “critical” by 80% of U.S., 77% of European, 85% of Canadian, and 87% of Latin American physicians surveyed.
  • The ability to stay clear of a substitution by indicating “do not substitute” or “dispense as written” on the prescription was considered “quite important” or “critical” 82% of U.S., 77% of European, 80% of Canadian, and 85% of Latin American physicians surveyed
  • Even at the initiation of treatment, allowing a pharmacist to figure out which biologic to dispense to the patient was considered “unacceptable” to 62% of European, 71% of Canadian, and 85% of Latin American physicians.

Respondents were almost exclusively certified in one of specialties in which biologics are routinely prescribed: Dermatology, Endocrinology, Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology, or Rheumatology.  The results of Every one of ASBM studies are available at

“There are good reasons that no country on the planet currently uses automatic substitution-chief among them that treatment decisions involving these complex and sensitive medicines need to be gained by the physician and patient, not a third party.”

Neither Good health Canada, nor the European Medicines Agency, the two of which have actually approved biosimilars for clinical use, support automatic substitution; the determination of which biologic to use is left solely to the physician. While France statutorily permits automatic substitution in quite limited cases, this policy has actually never ever been implemented. The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, which recently approved its initial biosimilar, has actually not yet defined exactly what data would certainly have to be given in order for an approved biosimilar to be safely substituted devoid of physician involvement.  

About the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines
The Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM) is an organization composed of diverse healthcare groups and people from patients to physicians, biotechnology companies that create innovative and biosimilar medicines, and others that are working with each other to make certain patient safety is at the forefront of the biosimilars policy discussion.

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Amgen Presents Open-Label Extension Data From Ongoing Phase 2 Study Of AMG 334 In The Prevention Of Episodic Migraine

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced positive interim results from its open-label extension of the global Phase 2, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating the safety and efficacy of AMG 334 for the prevention of episodic migraine. Patients that entered the open-label phase received AMG 334 70 mg monthly and suffered a sustained reduction in monthly migraine days at week 52. The data were presented at the 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS) on June 19, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

At one year, patients receiving AMG 334 70 mg suffered an standard of a -4.9-day reduction from a baseline of 8.7 mean monthly migraine days, regardless of treatment received during the blinded phase. The 50 percent responder rate (greater compared to 50 percent reduction in monthly migraine days) was 62 percent at 52 weeks. Additional responder rates were reported for the initial time: at 52 weeks the 7five percent responder rate was 38 percent and the 100 percent responder rate was 19 percent.

“These long-term data further demonstrate that AMG 334 provided meaningful benefit to these patients along with fewer migraine days and more days along with the ability to participate in job and social activities each month,” said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. “The sustained safety and efficacy shown in this interim analysis adds to the growing physique of evidence that reinforces the potential of AMG 334 for patients along with this debilitating condition. We look forward to advancing the program to recommendations fill an unmet need in migraine prevention.”

The open-label section of the Phase 2 study included 383 patients. All patients received AMG 334 70 mg starting at week 12 for up to 256 weeks. Safety and tolerability were evaluated monthly and this interim analysis includes data up to week 52. Additional efficacy endpoints included the adjustment in monthly migraine-individual medication use days and patient-reported outcomes using the Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire.

Patients reported a nearly 50 percent reduction of monthly migraine-individual medication use days of -2 at 52 weeks, from a baseline of 4.3 days per month. In addition to clinical measures, patients self-reported the impact of headache and migraine on their day-to-day activities. At one year, using the MIDAS tool, patients reported an improvement of approximately 12 days over the previous three months in their ability to function in work, estate and social situations. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine costs American employers more compared to $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost job days.

The safety and tolerability profile during the open-label phase was similar to that observed in the blinded phase of the study. The most commonly reported side events included fatigue, influenza, nasopharyngitis, arthralgia and spine pain. No Grade 4 or five side events were reported. Serious side events were reported in 13 patients, one of which was deemed treatment-related. much less compared to five percent of patients discontinued the study during the open-label phase because of side events.  

About Migraine
Migraine has actually been declared one of the top 10 most disabling conditions in the world, along with more compared to 10 percent of the international population suffering from the condition.1 More complex compared to simply a headache, migraines involve incapacitating head pain and physical impairment, frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and aura-related sound or others sensory disturbances.2 Migraine poses a considerable burden to society, costing American employers more compared to $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost job days because of migraine.3 Migraine additionally has actually a tremendous impact on patients’ day-to-day lives, including job productivity and social interactions.3,4 More compared to half of people living along with migraine will certainly go undiagnosed.5

About AMG 334
AMG 334 is a fully human monoclonal antibody under investigation for the prevention of migraine. AMG 334 targets the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor, which is believed to transmit signals that can easily cause incapacitating pain.

AMG 334 is currently under evaluation in several large global, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies to evaluate its safety and efficacy in migraine prevention.

About Amgen
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of higher unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has actually grown to be the world’s largest independent biotechnology company, has actually reached millions of patients around the globe and is producing a pipeline of medicines along with breakaway potential. 

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