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Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) September 10, 2012

Critical Path Institute and CDISC (Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium) announce the availability of a breakthrough tool to help combat tuberculosis (TB)a persistent disease resulting in 1.7 million deaths globally each year.

This new toola standardized way to report research datais critical for advancing new TB drug regimens. For the first time, researchers are able to combine and evaluate data from multiple studies using a common approach. This will help accelerate the development of new TB drugs by enhancing the design of clinical trials and the evaluation of new drugs. The TB data standards will also assist the regulatory review process for new drug development tools, such as clinical trial simulation models and methods to evaluate treatment endpoints.

The scope of this project was immense and its delivery in nine months was made possible by the smooth collaboration among C-Path, CDISC, FDA, industry partners and the many volunteers who participated in this effort through the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens initiative, says Dr. Carolyn Compton, President and CEO of Critical Path Institute.

The Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) initiative is a global collaboration among pharmaceutical companies, academia, patient advocacy groups, and regulatory bodies having the shared goal of accelerating the development of new drug regimens targeting TB.

A tremendous amount of innovation has enabled an exciting new era of TB drug development, says Dr. Mel Spigelman, President and CEO, TB Alliance. To support a regimen-based development approach, the research and regulatory communities need new standards and platforms to help conduct, submit, and review this work. This new standard is an example of such a tool and will benefit both researchers and regulators, ultimately helping to ensure new TB cures reach those who need them as quickly as possible.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified TB as one of several disease areas having a critical need for data standards. CDISC is very pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the FDA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, and C-Path to complete this TB standard work, based in part on preliminary work conducted through a National Institutes of Health Roadmap grant and clinical terminology support provided through our partnership with the National Cancer Institutes Enterprise Vocabulary Services, says Bron Kisler, VP, Strategic Initiatives and CDISC lead on the project. CDISC standards are vendor-neutral, platform independent, and publically available through the CDISC website at

Future CDISC therapeutic area data standards will be developed under the leadership of CFAST (Coalition For Accelerating Standards and Therapies), a joint endeavor between C-Path and CDISC to accelerate clinical research and medical product development by creating and maintaining data standards, tools, and methods for conducting research in therapeutic areas important to public health.

ABOUT CRITICAL PATH INSTITUTE (C-PATH): Established in 2005 as a non-profit organization, C-Path was formed with public and private philanthropic support from the University of Arizona, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Tucson community. Additional funding has been provided by Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz). C-Path is committed to improving human health and well-being by developing new technologies and methods to accelerate the development and review of medical products. An international leader in forming collaborations around this mission, C-Path has established global, public-private partnerships that include more than 1,000 scientists from government regulatory agencies, academia, patient advocacy organizations, and 41 major pharmaceutical companies. C-Path has headquarters in Tucson, AZ and an office in Rockville, MD. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook.


CDISC is a 501(c)(3) global non-profit charitable organization, with nearly 300 supporting member organizations from across the clinical research and healthcare arenas. Through the efforts of volunteers around the globe, CDISC catalyzes productive collaboration to develop industry-wide data standards enabling the harmonization of clinical data and streamlining research processes from protocol through analysis and reporting, including the use of electronic health records to facilitate the collection of high quality research data. The CDISC standards and innovations can decrease the time and cost of medical research and improve quality, thus contributing to the faster development of safer and more effective medical products and a learning healthcare system. The CDISC Vision is to inform patient care and safety through higher quality medical research.

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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 02, 2012

When Mrs. Ramirez met with American Financial Solutions certified credit counselor Carmen Perales, she and her husband owed $ 30,000 in medical bills. Perales worked with the family to establish a budget and to understand all of their expenses, but that was not all they accomplished.

The Supreme Courts recent ruling in favor of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (visit our website to learn more), provides multiple benefits for consumers. Free preventative care, no waiting periods for care, and no maximum amount of benefits someone can receive in a lifetime. However, those benefits may come at a higher price for other services. Some insurance companies, medical providers and pharmaceutical companies are struggling to reduce their expenses and find a way to shift their increasing costs to consumers.

Every day, American Financial Solutions (AFS) assists people overwhelmed with medical debt. According to Becky House, Education Director for AFS, Nearly everyone we counsel has some sort of medical debt. If it has not been paid, it shows up on their credit report. If it has been paid, it may be hidden in the debt on their credit cards.

In a study published in 2010 by Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization, and The Access Project, a resource center for local communities working to improve health and healthcare access, households with medical debt carried an average of $ 11,612 in credit card debt. Of that amount $ 2,194 is attributed to healthcare expenses.

In March of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control released a report stating that in 2011, one in three persons was in a family experiencing the financial burden of medical care. One in 5 persons was in a family having problems paying medical bills, 1 in 4 persons was in a family paying medical bills over time, and 1 in 10 persons was in a family that had medical bills they were unable to pay at all.

Mrs. Musgrove came to American Financial Solutions in 2007 looking for help to rebuild her credit after filing bankruptcy to eliminate $ 68,000 in medical expenses. Before the bankruptcy, I was actually borrowing money from family to pay collection agencies. I couldnt keep up with the bills. I wanted to pay for the services, but no one would take payments. They all wanted the entire amount – now. I didn’t know there was help available.

As for the Ramirez family, their story ended very differently. After reviewing the familys financial situation, Ms. Perales encouraged them to contact the hospital to whom they owed money and seek charity care or financial assistance. They did and based on their income and family size, the Ramirezes qualified for charity care and the entire debt was eliminated.

Both of these families provide an example as to why it is important to know your medical debt repayment options.

As shown in the Ramirez case, resolution of medical bills does not have to end in bankruptcy or with accounts sent to collection agencies. American Financial Solutions recommends exploring all options for handling the debt. Below are some tips:


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(Reuters) – A Georgia woman fighting a flesh-eating bacterial infection was in critical condition at Augusta Hospital on Saturday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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Ayr, Scotland (PRWEB UK) 13 March 2012

Finding the ideal insurance policy online has become ever more a process of calculations, sliding scales and automated systems. From the impersonal touch of the comparison sites, to the mammoth electronic forms requiring your entire life story in exchange for a free quote, the human element is increasingly absent.

Refreshingly, there is a new online proposition for the market, First Critical. With a personal touch that is unmatched in the industry company founder Stuart Lang, a fully qualified, Diploma Status Independent Financial Advisor, undertakes to personally contact every applicant requesting a quotation through the First Critical website and a focus on finding the most appropriate critical illness cover for the individual applicant, clients can be assured that they are receiving expert advice on an individual level.

Partnering with some of the industrys most recognisable names Friends Life, Bupa, Legal & General, Bright Grey, LV, Aegon and Aviva First Critical have access to a wide range of products and the knowledge and experience to ensure that the client finds a policy that provides adequate coverage for their circumstances, not simply the lowest premium based on a number of generic enquiries.

The nightmare scenario for any individual is to fall critically ill and find that their policy terms exclude the condition from which they are suffering, or limits the available payout. At First Critical each client is involved in the process of choosing their policy to ensure that they fully understand what they are and are not covered for, eliminating the risk of a painful, nasty surprise when a claim is made.

Additionally, First Critical has a guaranteed best price scheme in operation. The First Critical Guarantee entitles each client to a

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In a move that highlights dilemmas plaguing the U.S. drug supply, federal regulators warned a major manufacturer about problems including bugs in vials of sterile drugs — insects, literally — the same day that officials let the firm to ramp up scarce medications for kids with cancer.

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It is often cheaper for local authorities in the UK to keep old people in their own homes, with regular visits from health and social care workers, than in a care home.

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This fall’s open enrollment period is an important opportunity for every employee to get a true view on how their benefits plans may be changing as a result of health care reform. It is also a critical time for employees to ensure that they have the coverage they need at a price they can afford.

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