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New combination of drugs shown favorable in treating lupus

BY Diana Alickaj

NEW YORK A new study suggests that a combination of two potent drugs may serve as a new treatment for those who don’t respond to conventional Lupus treatments.

In the study, Ronald van Vollenhoven and colleagues at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm tested 16 female patients who did not respond to traditional lupus treatment, and were given, as a result, weekly infusions of rituximab for 4 weeks. The first and last infusions were combined with cyclophosphamide and a steroid, according to published reports.

It was found that after 6 months there was a significant decrease of SLE severity also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, which is an autoimmune disorder that damages the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs and blood.

Researchers noted that the presence of rituximab which targets B cells of the immune system, and cyclophsophamide, a strong immune suppressant drug, showed 50 percent improvement in disease severity, as well as causing the disease to go to remission in nine out of the thirteen patients.

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TMH gets FDA OK for AutoSafety Injector

BY Drew Buono

SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom The Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) clearance to The Medical House for its Compact AutoSafety Injector.

This clearance allows for the device, which is used for assisting self–administered subcutaneous injections to enter the market.

According to Ian Townsend, chairman, The Medical House: “This a key milestone achievement for TMH as it is our first ASI device to receive FDA pre-market notification which allows us to market the CASI in the US. It is also a vital approval for the project involving our global pharmaceutical partner and its commercial strategy. We are all delighted with this news and we look forward to reporting more progress for our Drug Delivery Division in due course”.

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HealthPort wins top honors at Texas EHR Summit

BY Drew Buono

COLUMBIA, S.C. HealthPort was named one of the top two vendors at a recent event held by the Texas Association of Community Health Center entitled the TACHC EHR Summit last month. The company was one of eight national/international electronic health record companies selected to participate.

More than 15 EHR vendors were initially identified as having a community health center appropriate software solution, but the eight finalists were selected when they incorporated CHC-specific clinical and functional elements and then demonstrated how those elements were used in a CHC setting during a web based pre-screening event.

At the summit, a representative from each vendor captured clinical details in a 15-minute, timed-staged encounter. Immediately following each demonstration, audience participants used a keypad to vote on 6 criteria, providing the vendor and attendees immediate feedback on the look, feel, and functionality of the software.

“It was an honor and privilege to have been selected to attend the TACHC EHR Summit. The strength of our CHC product suite was acknowledged by attendees, illustrating why HealthPort has achieved significant CHC marketshare over the past 20 plus years,” says Kerry de Vallette, senior vice president of solution sales for HealthPort.

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