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Lambrecht appointed VP for research at Aurora Health

BY Alaric DeArment

MILWAUKEE Randall Lambrecht has been appointed Aurora Health Care’s vice president for research and academic relations, Aurora announced Thursday.

Labrecht will lead the Milwaukee-based non-profit health care provider’s research team, working closely with the integrated health system’s care management team to ensure the alignment of research and care management when he begins his job on Nov. 3. He will also be responsible for strengthening Aurora’s partnership with colleges and universities around Milwaukee.

Before accepting the position at Aurora, Lambrecht had been dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is a professor in the Department of Health Sciences.

“Aurora is recognized nationally for its leadership in efforts to improve health care and their research and academic programs are important aspects of finding new approaches to meeting the health needs of people and communities,” Lambrecht said.

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UI sues Amgen over patent infringement

BY Alaric DeArment

IOWA CITY, Iowa A major biotech company has trouble with the University of Iowa.

The university is suing Amgen, alleging that it has knowingly infringed on its patents for several years, specifically in its manufacture of drugs such as the rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis treatment Enbrel (etanercept).

The university is demanding unspecified damages from the Thousand Oaks, Calif., company.

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Take Care adds four new vaccines to its program

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has expanded its vaccine program with four new vaccines.

The new vaccination suite includes varicella (chickenpox); measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); pneumococcal (PPV); and human pappilomavirus (HPV).

These vaccinations—in addition to hepatitis B, menactra (meningitis), shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) and tetanus booster (Td)—are now available at all 223 Take Care clinics within Walgreens.

Flu shots will also be available from Oct. 1 through early 2009.

“Vaccinations are the cornerstone of disease prevention and health promotion,” stated Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer at Take Care Health Systems. “Routine immunizations are critical for both children and adults. Adults should ensure they are up to date on recommended vaccines to prevent against common, yet serious, diseases.”

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