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Archive for June 5th, 2014

Madigan: $195 Million Settlement with GlaxoSmithKline

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Attorneys General Alleged GSK Violated State Consumer Protection Laws by Illegally Marketing Advair, Paxil & Wellbutrin

CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $105 million settlement with GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK). The settlement resolves allegations by Madigan and 44 other state attorneys general that GSK unlawfully promoted its asthma drug Advair and antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin.

Madigan and the attorneys general alleged GSK violated state consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the proper use for and qualities of Advair, Paxil and Wellbutrin and by marketing the drugs for “off-label uses,” or uses that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Illinois will receive $5.1 million under the settlement.

The attorneys general alleged GSK promoted Advair for off-label use to mild asthma sufferers. Mild asthmatics were steered to the drug for initial treatment, which was not a use approved by the FDA, even when substantially cheaper alternative medications were a better treatment option for these patients.
GSK also illegally marketed its antidepressant drug, Paxil, as safe and effective for children and teens, which the FDA had not approved, in spite of clinical trials that raised concerns the drug was associated with an increased risk of suicide.

The attorneys general alleged GSK also illegally marketed a second antidepressant drug, Wellbutrin, to children without FDA approval. GSK also unlawfully marketed Wellbutrin as an “off-label” drug for weight loss and to treat attention deficit disorder, addiction, anxiety and bi-polar disorder.

“GlaxoSmithKline put its business interests ahead of what was best for vulnerable patients,” Madigan said. “This settlement will put a stop to the illegal marketing practices the company used to boost its sales.”

Under the settlement, GlaxoSmithKline also must reform its marketing and promotional practices. Specifically, GSK is prohibited from:
  • Making any claims about GSK products that are false, misleading, or deceptive;
  • Making promotional claims, not approved or permitted by the FDA that a GSK product is better, more effective, safer, or has less serious side effects than has been demonstrated by substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience;
  • Presenting favorable information or conclusions from a study that is inadequate in design, scope, or conduct to furnish significant support for such information or conclusions when presenting information about a clinical study regarding GSK products in any promotional materials;
  • Provide samples of GSK products to those health care professionals who are not expected to prescribe the sampled GSK products for an approved use, but who would be expected to prescribe the sampled product for an off-label use; or
  • Disseminate information describing any off-label use of a GSK product, unless such information and materials are consistent with applicable FDA regulations and FDA Guidance for Industry.
The settlement will require GSK to continue its so-called “Patient First Program” for five years. The Patient First Program reduces the level of financial incentives by the company to drug sales representatives in order to reduce deceptive marketing tactics. The settlement also requires scientifically trained personnel to develop and approve responses to health care provider questions to ensure their responses are unbiased and do not promote specific drugs.
Joining Madigan in today’s settlement were attorneys general from the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

University of Chicago Alumni Demand Trauma Center as U of C Preps Obama Library Bid

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Alumni Announce they will not donate to University until they open trauma center


CHICAGO, IL – As the University of Chicago prepares its bid for the Obama presidential library, alumni are joining a growing chorus of voices demanding that the school open a trauma center. During the University’s annual alumni weekend, a group of UofC alumni will hold a press conference this Saturday, June 7th at 1pm in front of University of Chicago President Zimmer’s House, 5855 S. University Ave, where they will publicly present the trauma center coalition with a financial donation and announce that they will not donate money to the University until it opens a trauma center.


Alumni of the University of Chicago are coming together in support of the trauma center campaign. Alex Goldenberg, BA ‘06, notes that “as alumni, we are in a privileged relationship with the University President Robert Zimmer who relies on our donations for his fundraising. We believe that we have a duty to speak out and tell President Zimmer that he needs to do more for the South Side before he deserves our support.”


The alumni action comes as the University is preparing to bid for the Obama presidential library and just weeks after UofC President Robert Zimmer announced a massive $4.5-billion fundraising campaign. Mr Goldenberg notes, that “it is particularly hypocritical for President Zimmer to announce a $4.5 billion capital campaign and to publicly bid for the Obama Library while at the same time claiming to be too broke to open a trauma center.”


The alumni action comes just two weeks after community members, students, doctors, unions and faith leaders from across the South Side organized a week of protests to demand the University open a trauma center. Students and community members staged civil disobedience, blocking construction on a parking garage for the University’s new $740-million hospital building before being violently dragged away by University of Chicago Police. One protester had to be taken to the ER for treatment. See video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_1zlVCDlMU.


Youth organizer Victoria Crider, who participated in the construction sit-in, notes that “the University of Chicago sits in the center of a gun violence epidemic on the South Side and has shown that it does not value black life, by refusing to open a trauma center and save the lives of the young black men dying at their door. Given the President’s roots and ties to Chicago, a South Side location for his library makes perfect sense. But until the University of Chicago shows real commitment to the surrounding community, the Obama library should be placed at another South Side institution.”


The community’s demand for trauma care was sparked by the death of Damian Turner, a youth activist, who was caught by a stray bullet in 2009 four blocks from the U of C but was taken 10 miles away to Northwestern where he died. The call for trauma care is also supported by new research by Dr. Marie Crandall of Northwestern Hospital on “Trauma Deserts” which shows that longer travel times to a trauma center increase your likelihood of dying.


The Trauma Center Coalition includes of Fearless Leading by the Youth, Students for Health Equity and the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and allies including the United Church of Christ, National Nurses United, Physicians for a National Health Plan and the Illinois Single Payer Coalition.

Who: University of Chicago Alumni and students and community leaders.

What: Alumni press conference and check donation ceremony in support of trauma center coalition.


Where: Univ of Chicago President Zimmer’s Home: 5855 S. University Ave.

When: Saturday, June 7th, 1pm.

Visual:

University of Chicago Alumni present trauma center activists with check in front of banner reading “Alumni Care, Zimmer doesn’t — Trauma Center Now!”


Background articles:

5/20 Chicago Tribune: Demonstrators again press for U of C trauma center

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-university-of-chicago-trauma-center-20140520,0,5200118.story

5/21 CNN: Chicago needs help, not Obama library

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/21/opinion/granderson-chicago-obama-library/?c&page=1

5/22 ABC 7 Chicago — UChicago Students to Deliver Letter to Obama Demanding Trauma Center

http://abc7chicago.com/news/uchicago-students-to-deliver-letter-to-obama-demanding-trauma-center-/73381

5/22 Progress IL: U Of C Physicians, Med Students Join Push For A South Side Trauma Center (VIDEO)

http://bit.ly/1phmjN9

5/22 Chicago Tribune: Doctors add voices to demand for U of C trauma center http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-doctors-add-voices-to-demand-for-u-of-c-trauma-center-20140522,0,5817731.story

G-7 Leaders Statement – Foreign Policy

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Brussels, Belgium
June 4, 2014


Ukraine

  • We welcome the successful conduct under difficult circumstances of the election in Ukraine on 25 May. The strong voter turnout underlined the determination of Ukraine’s citizens to determine the future of their country.  We welcome Petro Poroshenko as the President-elect of Ukraine and commend him for reaching out to all the people of Ukraine.
  • In the face of unacceptable interference in Ukraine’s sovereign affairs by the Russian Federation, we stand by the Ukrainian government and people. We call upon the illegal armed groups to disarm. We encourage the Ukrainian authorities to maintain a measured approach in pursuing operations to restore law and order. We fully support the substantial contribution made by the Organisation for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to the de-escalation of the crisis through the Special Monitoring Mission and other OSCE instruments. We commend the willingness of the Ukrainian authorities to continue the national dialogue in an inclusive manner. We welcome the “Memorandum of Peace and Unity” adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on 20 May and express the wish that it can be implemented rapidly.  We also encourage the Ukrainian parliament and the Government of Ukraine to continue to pursue constitutional reform in order to provide a framework for deepening and strengthening democracy and accommodating the rights and aspirations of all people in all regions of Ukraine.
  • The G-7 are committed to continuing to work with Ukraine to support its economic development, sovereignty and territorial integrity. We encourage the fulfilment of Ukraine’s commitment to pursue the difficult reforms that will be crucial to support economic stability and unlock private sector-led growth. We welcome the decision of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $17 billion programme for Ukraine, which will anchor other bilateral and multilateral assistance and loans, including around $18 billion foreseen to date from G-7 partners.  We welcome the swift disbursement of macro-economic support for Ukraine. We support an international donor coordination mechanism to ensure effective delivery of economic assistance and we welcome the EU’s intention to hold a high-level coordination meeting in Brussels. We welcome ongoing efforts to diversify Ukraine’s sources of gas, including through recent steps in the EU towards enabling reverse gas flow capacities and look forward to the successful conclusion of the talks, facilitated by the European Commission, on gas transit and supply from the Russian Federation to Ukraine.
  • We are united in condemning the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.  Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and actions to de-stabilize eastern Ukraine are unacceptable and must stop. These actions violate fundamental principles of international law and should be a concern for all nations.  We urge the Russian Federation to recognize the results of the election, complete the withdrawal of its military forces on the border with Ukraine, stop the flow of weapons and militants across the border and to exercise its influence among armed separatists to lay down their weapons and renounce violence. We call on the Russian Federation to meet the commitments it made in the Geneva Joint Statement and cooperate with the government of Ukraine as it implements its plans for promoting peace, unity and reform.
  • We confirm the decision by G-7 countries to impose sanctions on individuals and entities who have actively supported or implemented the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and who are threatening the peace, security and stability of Ukraine. We are implementing a strict policy of non-recognition with respect to Crimea/Sevastopol, in line with UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262. We stand ready to intensify targeted sanctions and to implement significant additional restrictive measures to impose further costs on Russia should events so require.
  • The projects funded by the donor community to convert the Chernobyl site into a stable and environmentally safe condition have reached an advanced stage of completion. While recognizing the complexity of these first of a kind projects, we call upon all concerned parties to make an additional effort to bring them to a satisfactory conclusion and call upon project parties to keep costs under control. This remains a high priority for us.

Syria

  • We strongly condemn the Assad regime’s brutality which drives a conflict that has killed more than 160,000 people and left 9.3 million in need of humanitarian assistance. We denounce the 3 June sham presidential election: there is no future for Assad in Syria. We again endorse the Geneva Communiqué, which calls for a transitional governing body exercising full executive powers and agreed by mutual consent, based on a vision for a united, inclusive and democratic Syria.  We strongly condemn the violations of international humanitarian law and human rights and indiscriminate artillery shelling and aerial bombardment by the Syrian regime. There is evidence that extremist groups have also perpetrated grave human rights abuses. All those responsible for such abuses must be held to account. We welcome the commitment of the National Coalition and Free Syrian Army to uphold international law.  We deplore Russia and China’s decision to veto the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution draft authorizing referral to the International Criminal Court and demanding accountability for the serious and ongoing crimes committed in Syria.
  • We are committed to supporting the neighboring countries bearing the burden of Syrian refugee inflows and deplore the failure to implement UNSC Resolution 2139 on humanitarian assistance. We urge all parties to the conflict to allow access to aid for all those in need, by the most direct routes, including across borders and conflict lines, and support further urgent action by the UNSC to that end. In our funding we decide to give particular support to humanitarian actors that can reach those most in need, including across borders. We call for the international community to meet the enormous funding needs of the UN appeals for Syria and its neighbours. We resolve to intensify our efforts to address the threat arising from foreign fighters travelling to Syria. We are deeply concerned by allegations of repeated chemical agent use and call on all parties in Syria to cooperate fully with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact-finding mission. We call on Syria to comply with its obligations under UNSC Resolution 2118, decisions of the Executive Council of the OPCW and the Chemical Weapons Convention to ensure the swift removal of its remaining chemical stockpile for destruction, and to destroy its production facilities immediately and answer all questions regarding its declaration to the OPCW.

Libya

  • We reaffirm our support for a free, prosperous and democratic Libya which will play its role in promoting regional stability.  We express serious concern at the recent violence and urge all Libyans to engage with the political process through peaceful and inclusive means, underpinned by respect for the rule of law.  We urge continued and coordinated engagement by the international community to support the Libyan transition and efforts to promote political dialogue, in coordination with the UN and with the UN Support Mission in Libya fulfilling its mandate in that respect.   We ask all in the international community to respect fully Libyan’s sovereignty and the principle of non-intervention in its affairs. In this framework, we commend the proposal of the High National Electoral Commission, endorsed by the General National Congress, to convene the elections on June 25. We emphasize the importance of these elections in restarting the political process and appreciate the vital work of the Constitution Drafting Assembly.

Mali and Central African Republic

  • We welcome the ceasefire signed on May 23 by the Malian Government and armed groups in the North of Mali, thanks to efforts by the African Union, through its Presidency, and the UN. We reaffirm our strong commitment to a political solution and to an inclusive dialogue process that must start without delay, as prescribed by the Ouagadougou agreement and UNSC decisions. We fully support the United Nation’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali efforts in stabilizing the country and, with the commitment of neighboring countries, including Algeria, Mauritania and the Economic Community of West African States, in working for a durable settlement respectful of the unity, territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Mali.
  • We commend the role played on the ground in the Central African Republic by the AU-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic, together with the forces sent by France and the European Union, to support the transition and encourage the Transitional Authorities to take urgent concrete steps toward holding free, fair, transparent and inclusive elections. We fully support the UN efforts in the areas of security, reconciliation, preparation of the elections, and humanitarian assistance.

Iran

  • We reaffirm our strong commitment to a diplomatic resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue and welcome the efforts by the E3+3, led by High Representative Ashton, and Iran to negotiate a comprehensive solution that provides confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme. We underline the importance of the continuing effective implementation by the E3+3 and Iran of the Joint Plan of Action. We call on Iran to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency on verification of Iran’s nuclear activities and to resolve all outstanding issues, including, critically, those relating to possible military dimensions.   We strongly urge Iran to fully respect its human rights obligations. We call on Iran to play a more constructive role in supporting regional security, in particular in Syria, and to reject all acts of terrorism and terrorist groups.

North Korea

  • We strongly condemn North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.  We urge North Korea to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and to comply fully with its obligations under relevant UNSC resolutions and commitments under the September 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks. We call on the international community to implement fully UN sanctions. We reiterate our grave concerns over the ongoing systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations in North Korea documented in the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry, and urge North Korea to take immediate steps to address these violations, including on the abductions issue, and cooperate fully with all relevant UN bodies. We continue to work to advance accountability for North Korea’s serious human rights violations.

Middle East Peace Process

  • We fully support the United States’ efforts to secure a negotiated two-state solution.  We regret that greater progress has not been made by the parties and urge them to find the common ground and political strength needed to resume the process. A negotiated two-state solution remains the only way to resolve the conflict. We call on both sides to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid any unilateral action which may further undermine peace efforts and affect the viability of a two-state solution.

Afghanistan

  • We renew our long-term commitment to a democratic, sovereign, and unified Afghanistan and our enduring partnership with the Government of Afghanistan based on the principles of mutual respect and mutual accountability. The first round of presidential elections and the provincial council elections marked a historic achievement, especially for the more than 2.5 million women who voted, and we look forward to the completion of the electoral process. We continue to assist the Government of Afghanistan to strengthen their institutions of governance, reduce corruption, combat terrorism, support economic growth, and counter narcotics.  We continue to actively support an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation.

Maritime Navigation and Aviation

  • We reaffirm the importance of maintaining a maritime order based upon the universally-agreed principles of international law. We remain committed to international cooperation to combat piracy and other maritime crime, consistent with international law and internationally recognized principles of jurisdiction in international waters. We are deeply concerned by tensions in the East and South China Sea. We oppose any unilateral attempt by any party to assert its territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion or force. We call on all parties to clarify and pursue their territorial and maritime claims in accordance with international law. We support the rights of claimants to seek peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law, including through legal dispute settlement mechanisms.  We also support confidence-building measures. We underscore the importance of the freedom of navigation and overflight and also the effective management of civil air traffic based on international law and International Civil Aviation Organization standards and practices.

Other Issues

  • We reaffirm our commitment to the protection and promotion of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including religious freedom, for all persons. We recognise the need to show unprecedented resolve to promote gender equality, to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls, to end child, early and forced marriage and to promote full participation and empowerment of all women and girls. We look forward to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict taking place in London later this month.
  • We reiterate our condemnation of terrorism and our commitment to cooperate in all relevant fora to prevent and respond to terrorism effectively, and in a comprehensive manner, while respecting human rights and the rule of law. We condemn the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by Boko Haram as an unconscionable crime and intend do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

  • We confirm that non-proliferation/disarmament issues remain a top priority and welcome the G-7 Non-proliferation Directors Group statement issued today.

Source: Whitehouse.gov

New Book “The Second American Revolution” by Harvey Smith, Sr., Closes the Four Basic Caps of African Americans

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Second American Revolution by Harvey Smith Sr

Pittsburgh, PA (BlackNews.com) — African American author Harvey Smith, Sr. has published The Second American Revolution: Closing The Four Basic Gaps of African Americans – a ground breaking book which provides a fresh look at the history of slavery in America as well as providing the first significant solution to the current problems that exist in America today. Harvey describes the differences between the Perfect Pair of achievements of white Americans versus the Imperfect Pair of achievements of African Americans. This book was written for the benefit of African Americans and all Americans who want to see all Americans have a fair opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

Today, it is very common to hear high profile wealthy white individuals continually express their racial hatred of African Americans. One example was Donald Sterling of the LA Clippers who said he did not want African Americans coming to his team’s basketball games. Another example was Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks who made racist comments about “a black kid in a hoodie…”

President Barack Obama in his speech on December 4, 2013 made the following comments: “The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe.” Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times said: “Yet today the American dream has derailed, partly because of growing inequality.”

The Second American Revolution describes the four basic gaps that exist in America and they are: Business; Income; Net Worth; and Education (the BINE Gap). The BINE GAP is a new concept that has never been discussed in America. The book provides verifiable documentation of facts that clearly identify the gaps. Just as importantly, the book, for the first time, provides solutions that will level the playing field and will yield fresh opportunities for African Americans to become truly free and to become first class citizens for the first time in the history of our country.

There is a need for a drastic shift of thought in America today. This book provides for a renaissance of ideas and plans that should be given immediate attention by all stakeholders and leaders in our country.

The following are some of the key topics taken from the book:

1. White Americans have achieved great success in religion and in economics, a Perfect Pair. African Americans have achieved great success in religion, but only a limited success in economics (an Imperfect Pair).
2. A history of white Americans and African American religion dating back to the early 17th century.
3. A summary of slavery and the African Diaspora.
4. The important economic role of the African slave and the importance of Black Rice both of which provided the foundation for economic prosperity in the development of America.
5. The basis of equality based on the Bible and the Declaration of Independence including comments that God wants everyone to prosper.
6. Economic comparisons by race and the social implications of the disparities.
7. Reasons for economic equality including the need for an accelerated plan of action.
8. A financial equity action plan that will lead to equality in America and the achievement of the American Dream by African Americans. This plan provides for a self-help component including personal financial management and a wealth maximization model.

Now is the right time for real change in America. All Americans should strive towards the achievement of the maximum and optimum productivity level that Americans are capable of achieving. It is time for African Americans to stop being complacent with their plight in life. It is time for the achievement of the American Dream by all African Americans.


About the Author:
Harvey Smith, Sr. earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has earned certificates in several writing courses and has a published article. He is a college professor where he teaches online business courses worldwide to undergraduate and graduate students. His past work experience includes work at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, PPG Industries as well as work in African American communities in Pittsburgh. He has worked as a CFO and a CEO, and is the founder of a nonprofit organization that serves disadvantaged youth. For more details, visit www.harveysmithsr.com


Four-Hundredth Year Celebration Planning
Harvey Smith is encouraging all African Americans and all Americans to join with him in planning for the 400th year 2019 celebration of the first arrival of African slaves who arrived in 1619 in colonial America. The event will commemorate the productive labor of the African slaves that substantially helped America’s economic growth.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author Harvey Smith, Sr.


Dr. Ken Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Travels to China as of the University’s Efforts to Develop and manufacture Pharmaceuticals

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Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), traveled to China earlier this month to participate in an international conference sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to discuss international concerns related to pharmaceutical supply chain security. The conference also focused on manufacturing practices, shipping and distribution networks, and the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry. The trip to Qingdao reflects UTHSC’s growing interests and efforts in pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing.

“Other global concerns discussed centered on internet pharmaceutical sales, counterfeit pharmaceutical trafficking and pharmaceutical cargo thefts,” Dr. Brown said.

UTHSC will begin construction of an approximately $12 million Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility for drug development and production in late summer or early fall. While in China, Dr. Brown visited Harbin Medical University to tour its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, grow UTHSC’s successful partnership with Harbin that already includes student exchanges, and explore future joint pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution possibilities.

“At Harbin, they have a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, and because we’re in the throes of building a facility like that ourselves, I wanted to take a look at their facility,” Dr. Brown said. “Our facility will certainly be much smaller in scale, but we talked with them about being able to be engaged as a partner to our production facility, so as we move from smaller projects into larger volumes of production, we will have a GMP-quality facility that can do large-scale products for us.”

Dr. Brown said plans call for breaking ground in late August or September on the UTHSC facility, which will be built in a recently purchased building on the outskirts of campus. Construction should last 12 to 18 months. Since the Plough Foundation gave $4.5 million in initial seed money to support the development of the GMP facility, the building will bear its name. “Because of that initial seed money, this facility got traction and it’s going to ultimately come to fruition,” Dr. Brown said. “So, as a testament to the university’s appreciation to the Plough Foundation, it will be named as the Plough Center for Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.”

UTHSC has approached several pharmaceutical companies about doing production work for them, and is working to develop international partners, Dr. Brown said. Meanwhile, four labs on the second floor of the Van Vleet Building on campus have been renovated for training classes for the pharmaceutical industry on aseptic manufacturing and pharmaceutical compounding. Some small-scale cleanroom projects will be handled in the Van Vleet Building, which is serving as the home to the GMP facility staff while the Plough Center is being constructed.

“As we get the GMP facility built, we’re working on our business strategy for getting customers in the pipeline,” Dr. Brown said. “Hopefully, in 12 months when the facility is commissioned by the FDA and ready to come online, we’ve got a pipeline of customers that already want us to do pharmaceutical manufacturing for them.” In support of its drug development effort, UTHSC will also do production for clinical trial efforts.

The Plough Foundation is a private organization that funds a diverse group of nonprofit entities that work to address the many pressing social and economic issues facing Memphis and Shelby County.

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or allied health students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 56,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.

Photo Caption: Dr. Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and COO of UT Health Science Center (fifth from right), is pictured with officials of Harbin Medical University during a recent trip to China.

Raw & Uplifting Books of Poetry by H.M. Walt Fuse Color and Emotions; Helping Readers Deal with Life’s Unpredictability

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Soothing, beautiful and written from the heart, ‘Changes’ and ‘Believe’ are two books that no household should be without. Written during the ups and downs of Walt’s emotional journey through life, this unique form of expression is set to bring solace to readers from coast to coast.

Clayton, Delaware – Simply put, life isn’t easy. With emotions often unpredictable and changing as rapidly as the weather, people express their thoughts and feelings in a myriad of ways. For H.M. Walt, life’s pivotal moments often become engrossing verses of poetry, and many are now being published to the world through two powerful books.

‘Changes’, Walt’s first book, hit the market in February of 2013. The book deploys a wholly unique way of organizing its chapters by attaching emotions to colors and grouping each poem accordingly.

Synopsis:

Changes by H.M. Walt is a book of poems. It has four chapters that range different emotions. Pink, Red, Yellow and Blue, colors that most people relate to certain feelings. I have written these poems about various personal situations or what has inspired me.

Inspiration can be anything from music to a book to a movie. I write about my own personal feelings and experiences. I use my emotions to show how I feel and how I dealt with my experiences. Most people can relate to them but don’t know how deal with the feelings. I hope this helps as much as it helps me when I write. I use colors as my chapters since that is how I see emotions. I also use music to get the poems onto paper. Sometimes when emotions are so muddled, music helps soothe me.

Walt’s soon-to-be-released second volume, ‘Believe’, is far more powerful and emotional. While it uses the same format as ‘Changes’, this empowering follow-up book takes readers to an entirely new level of emotional awareness.

“I’m a very reflective and empathetic person,” admits Walt. “When I am down I often sit at the beach and watch the water, which in turn inspires my writing. ‘Believe’ was written during a particularly emotional time of my life and I hope readers can find a friend in me while knowing they are not alone.”

Continuing, “In fact, if my work helps just one person through a bad patch or helps someone put their problems into words I’ll see my mission as complete. Equally, I hope to brighten the days of thousands and uplift them in their own quest for happiness.”

‘Changes’ garnered many positive reviews. For example, Melissa A. Johnson commented, “The author speaks to you. It is like you have experienced the emotions with her. Fantastic first for her…looking forward to the next.”

The book is available now, from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1p0Ob8t.

‘Believe’ is due for imminent release. Keep checking the author’s Amazon profile for a firm publication date.

About the Author:

Born into a military family, H.M. Walt has lived in several places and currently resides in Delaware.  She enjoys old movies, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She is an avid reader and loves traveling. She is proud of her Italian and Irish heritage and has dreams of visiting those countries.

Contact:

H.M. Walt

charmed80@gmail.com

A link to Lincoln’s backwoods education

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Slate owned by one of Abraham Lincoln’s first teachers is donated to Lincoln Presidential Library

SPRINGFIELD, IL – A backwoods cabin, a combination of teacher, preacher and farmer, and a room full of poor, virtually illiterate children. That was the scene nearly 200 years ago when a teacher named Caleb Hazel encountered a student named Abraham Lincoln.Now Hazel’s slate, one that may very well have been used by Lincoln in that Kentucky classroom, has been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The slate was donated by Hazel’s descendants: cousins Cathy Bowers Dixon; Marcia Lynn Tenney; Richard Douglas Byers; and Sue Ellen Sparks, in memory of their grandfather Erma Maurice Bowers. Hazel’s son was also a teacher and kept his father’s slate. Once Lincoln became famous, the family held onto the slate generation after generation.

The slate is 16 inches tall by 12 inches wide – larger than a standard computer screen. The wood frame has a hole so the slate could be hung on the cabin wall. Hazel likely used it to explain lessons to the whole class and then let each student come up to practice their writing or arithmetic.

The slate will be displayed in the museum’s Treasures Gallery.” The display will also include a page covered with teenaged Lincoln’s math practice, the earliest surviving writing from the future president, and a quill pen from his White House years.

“The descendants of Caleb Hazel have done a tremendous service by donating this slate so that everyone can see and learn from it,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. “The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has benefited greatly from the generosity of people who want to share their Lincoln artifacts with the world.”

Lincoln listed Hazel as the second of his five teachers when he wrote a brief autobiographical sketch in 1860. Lincoln was 7 years old when his parents scraped together a little money to send him and his sister, 9-year-old Sarah, to school after the 1816 harvest.
“As much as we prize Lincoln for his leadership in saving the Union and ending slavery, we greatly admire him as a writer. He was also very good with numbers, and here is the earliest surviving item to illustrate his boyhood beginnings at both of those skills. Lincoln proved that any kid could start small and become expert, maybe end in greatness,” said Dr. James Cornelius, curator of the presidential library’s Lincoln Collection.

Robert Falls Highly Acclaimed World-Premiere Production of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman to Appear at Los Angeles Center Theatre Group November 23 – December 21, 2014

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Falls upcoming projects also include Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera and The Ice Man Cometh at BAM

CHICAGO, IL -  Goodman Theatre’s Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Robert Falls brings his critical and popular hit production of Luna Gale to Los Angeles this fall. Center Theatre Group will stage Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman’s “sharpest drama yet” (Variety) at its Kirk Douglas Theatre. Luna Gale follows a veteran social worker struggling to find the right home for an infant of two drug-addicted teenage parents. The “top-notch production” (Entertainment Weekly) was hailed as “intensely involving” by Chicago Tribune and “provocative and impassioned” by Chicago Sun-Times with a cast led by the “utterly superb” (The New York Times) Mary Beth Fisher. Performances run November 23 – December 21, 2014 (Opening Night is December 2).

As previously announced, Falls also directs Don Giovanni, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season opening production and one of the most elusive and multilayered pieces in their repertoire, running September 27 – October 29, 2014. Falls then remounts his celebrated production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music presented by Scott Rudin, running February 5 – March 15, 2015. An epic portrait of hope and disillusionment, The Iceman Cometh, a “superbly cast production [which] contains as many great performances as I’ve seen in a single show in years” (The New York Times), features its original cast led by Tony Award winners Nathan Lane (as Theodore “Hickey” Hickman) and Brian Dennehy (as Larry Slade). The 2012 Goodman production garnered critical acclaim, including two Jeff Awards (Best Director and Best Production of a Play), and broke box-office records in an extended run, making it the most successful production in Goodman Theatre history, and “one of the most significant productions in Chicago” (Chicago Tribune).

Robert Falls has been the artistic director of Goodman Theatre since 1986—nearly one-third of the Goodman’s 90 seasons—where he has directed more than 30 major productions and produced/co-produced more than 200 plays (including 100 premieres). From 1977 to 1985, he established himself as one of the pre-eminent figures of the off-Loop theater scene as the artistic director of Wisdom Bridge Theatre. In addition to Luna Gale, Falls recently directed Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian off-Broadway at The New Group following its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. His Broadway credits include the remount of the Goodman’s Death of a Salesman (Tony Award for Best Director of a Play and Best Revival of a Play); the remount of the Goodman’s The Night of the Iguana; American Buffalo; Talk Radio (Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play); the American premiere of Shining City; The Young Man From Atlanta; Long Day’s Journey into Night (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play); and Desire Under the Elms. His production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida for Walt Disney Theatricals ran on Broadway for four years and toured nationally and abroad. His other international credits include productions at Lyric Theatre in London, Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and productions in Scotland, Germany, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands, among others.

First West Nile Virus Positive in Illinois for 2014 Reported

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive bird and mosquito batch reported in Illinois for 2014. Henry County Health Department employees collected a positive bird on May 29, 2014 in Colona and Madison County Health Department employees collected a positive mosquito batch on May 30, 2014 in Godfrey.

“West Nile virus activity is largely dependent on the weather. Despite our cold winter, mosquitoes are becoming active and infected with West Nile virus as the temperature increase. If we see a hot, dry summer, we could see a lot of West Nile virus activity,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “We want to remind people not to be complacent. Take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and taking other precautions.”

The first West Nile virus positive result in 2013 was a mosquito batch collected on May 21, 2013 in Cook County. Last year, 76 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case. For the 2013 season, IDPH reported 117 human cases, including 11 deaths. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.

Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

Common West Nile virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile Virus.

As temperatures warm up, remember to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten. Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel and report.

· REDUCE exposure – avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.

® Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.

® Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. Change water in birdbaths weekly.

· REPEL – when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

· REPORT – report dead birds to your local health department. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government about areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found by logging onto www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

African Trade Link & Expo Announces Inaugural Small Business Trade Mission to Nairobi, Kenya, July 23-26, 2014

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Africa Trade Link Expo

Nairobi, Kenya (BlackNews.com) — The African Trade Link and Expo’s (ATL & Expo) inaugural trade mission convenes on July 23-26, 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya at the Kenyatta International Conference Center.

ATL & Expo is a non-profit California corporation supported by businesses and individuals with the goal of providing a platform where U.S. small businesses and international firms can increase trade, economic development, and tourism in Kenya and the U.S.

Opportunities exist for ATL & Expo participants to network and link with prospective partners, government and business representatives. Briefings from businesses, are scheduled for all ATL & Expo attendee’s. Topics include Power Africa, Trade Africa, project finance, export/import, others.

Targeted sectors include electrical, solar and green power, energy, agri-business, construction, apparel, infrastructure, manufacturing.

Judi Minage, a Kenyan living in Southern California, is the executive producer and vision behind ATL and founder of MiNage, Inc, an exporter of apparel to Kenya. Other producers are Tyrone Hooks and Benjamin Walker; Evelyn Oyombera, Director of Kenya Logistics.

The Nairobi, Kenya location for ATL & Expo’s inaugural small business trade mission has a well-developed business and financial sector. Kenya is strategically located at the gateway of trade in East Africa and a key hub for the transit of goods, as well as a destination for American, European and Asian companies seeking to do business in the region.The ATL & Expo vision is to increase trade with Sub-Sahara Africa.

For more details, visit www.africatradelinkandexpo.org

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