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  • Case Study: MMS Support for Final Study Tables

    Posted on 9/29/2011 11:29 AM

    THE CHALLENGE: Budgetary Issues Bring Phase 2b Study to a Halt To secure additional funding for continued business operations, a small pharmaceutical company was required to submit a Phase 2b study. However, during development of the study, the company encountered budgetary issues that forced them to discontinue the project. Making matters worse, their clinical research partner declined to participate in any further business activities without a significant operating budget. To get the study ba

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  • Book Review: Monday Morning Mentoring

    Posted on 9/22/2011 11:32 AM

    Monday Morning Mentoring is book on leadership by David Cottrell. This book tells the story of Jeff, a successful manager, who needs to work himself out of an uncomfortable region called “splat” which is located just over the horizon in management land. Desperate for answers, Jeff seeks advice from Tony, the father of one of his college buddies and a very successful entrepreneur. Tony agrees to help Jeff in a series of Monday morning meetings. The intent is not to solve his problems, but to help

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  • Recipe for Programming Success: SDTM Stew

    Posted on 9/15/2011 11:34 AM

    Ingredients: Raw Data (CDASH® brand if possible), CRFs, Protocol, SDTM Implementation Guide, WebSDM (or Open CDISC Validator if you’re on a tight budget), Client Input and 2 to 4 Programmers/Statisticians (4 to 6 for quicker results!). Directions: Begin with a finely grated selection of CDISC SDTM implementation guidelines (for extra spicy, choose version 3.1.2!) Set up trial domains and sprinkle with a dash of consistency to other studies if integration is desired.  Mix raw data, CRFs, Prot

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  • Thermography and Medicine

    Posted on 8/25/2011 11:48 AM

    Thermography is one of the non invasive tests, utilizing very sophisticated infra-red cameras and desk top computers. The thermal imaging technicians simply capture a photograph of the part - an infra-red photograph, or heat picture - and the data is stored in a computer and can then either be printed on high resolution color printers, or sent electronically to a physician with a similar computer for analysis. The radiologist or thermal imaging specialist then compares the heat patterns of the

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  • 5 Ways that Healthcare Reform will affect the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Posted on 7/14/2011 11:53 AM

    Although healthcare reform will take years to implement and the changes may not be visible instantaneously, this is a perfect time for the pharmaceutical industry to prepare for the changes yet to come and think prospectively. It is important to remember that while healthcare reform will reduce the number of uninsured Americans, it will not provide “universal” coverage. This brings us to the first point: After the reform takes place, an estimated 8% of Americans will be uninsured in the year 20

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  • Effective Project Teams: The Importance of Goal Setting

    Posted on 7/1/2011 11:05 AM

    In the Part 1 we discussed the characteristics of highly collaborative project teams. In addition to team collaboration, it is also important to discuss the need for team members to have shared goals and objectives.

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  • The Superbug Threat

    Posted on 6/2/2011 11:58 AM

    "Bacteria Run Wild, Defying Antibiotics" Puzzling the Experts.... Superbug has been characterized as an antibiotic resistant organism. This highly resistant organism carries a gene that produces an enzyme which renders the antibiotics futile. The superbug gene can be transferred between bacteria in horizontal fashion through chromosomes and plasmids. Bacteria have developed resistance to most of the known antibiotics for many decades - penicillin resistance in the 1950s followed by methicillin

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  • 7 Effective Uses of Pharma Social Networking

    Posted on 5/12/2011 12:01 PM

    Facebook, Twitter and more have led us to social media mayhem! Pharma companies are no exception, with many companies having a web presence through social media. Great pharmaceutical centers use social media platforms to release press updates, offer exclusive deals and keep connected with their clientele. Pharmaceutical social media is on the rise, and we have outlined seven ways in which pharma companies use social media most effectively to build their businesses. They are as follows: Pharmace

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