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Archive for February, 2012

PPD recognized for expertise in clinical research

Monday, February 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE)– Demonstrating its expertise in clinical research, Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) today announced that PharmaTimes magazine has named a team of PPD researchers the 2012 Clinical Team of the Year.

The honor, bestowed at the Clinical Researcher of the Year Awards in London on February 16, capped a demanding, seven-hour competition in which six teams of researchers raced a time clock while tackling a series of challenging drug-development scenarios, then presented their creative solutions.

“To win the PharmaTimes Clinical Team of the Year Award requires outstanding technical competence and the ability to work under pressure whilst still maintaining superb team dynamics,” said Sean Morgan-Jones, director, PharmaTimes. “PPD’s achievement in securing the win should give them great confidence in their abilities as a first-rate clinical research team.”

PPD’s experienced clinical research associates (CRAs) monitor clinical trials to ensure compliance with clinical trial protocols, standard operating procedures and guidelines from the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use and guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (ICH/GCP).

“PPD’s clinical research professionals embody our company’s expertise, commitment and passion for delivering excellence in our clients’ important research programs,” said Roger Newberry, PPD vice president of clinical management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “We congratulate our colleagues on their achievement and are pleased that PPD’s leadership in clinical research continues to be recognized by our industry peers.”

The competition was created in 1999 to provide pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations and research sites of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) an opportunity to test their professional skills in a program of competency-based exercises developed through cross-industry collaboration.

Some 270 clinical researchers and 41 NHS research sites entered the competition in February 2011. They were filtered through a number of exercises to identify the top individuals, teams and organizations, which were invited to the finals in November 2011 to face the judges.

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Rep. Carolyn Justice decides to sit out 2012 elections

Monday, February 20th, 2012

She said she’ll instead devote her time to campaigns of candidates Dale Folwell and Chris Millis.

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First reported child flu fatality for 2011-12 season

Monday, February 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– North Carolina has reported its first child death from flu for the 2011-2012 flu season. A six-year old died on Feb. 4 of complications from an influenza infection. (To protect the family’s privacy, the youth’s hometown, county and sex are not being released.) The child was at risk for complications from the flu because of underlying medical conditions.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of their child,” said Dr. Laura Gerald, State Health Director. “Unfortunately, this reminds us that flu is a serious illness and can be potentially devastating to people at any age.”

Each year, influenza kills an estimated 25,000 people in the US and causes more than 220,000 hospitalizations. Most influenza infections can be prevented by the simple act of getting the flu vaccine. Flu vaccine is readily available and affordable and is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your family.

Flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over 6 months old. It is particularly important for people at high risk of complications, including pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, very young children and the elderly. However, almost half of the children who died from flu last season had no known high risk conditions, so public health officials encourage flu vaccine even for those in good health. This year’s vaccine protects against three strains of influenza, including H1N1.

State public health officials monitor the flu activity across the state. Until now, flu activity has been mild but more infections have been detected in recent weeks.

“It is not too late to get your flu shot because flu season can last well into the spring,” Gerald said. “If you do get sick, remember to stay home from work or school while you are sick, cover coughs and sneezes, and—most important—wash your hands.”

For more information about flu and to find a flu vaccine clinic near you, visit flu.nc.gov.

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Wilmington-area home sales, prices dropped in January

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Area home sales fell nearly 7 percent from a year earlier in January, and prices dropped as well.

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Driver killed in N.C. 211 wreck identified

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The N.C. Highway Patrol said Jack Kirkland died from injuries sustained in the crash.

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