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Novo Nordisk seeks to uncover psychological, social effects of hemophilia

BY Alaric DeArment

BAGSVAERD, Denmark Novo Nordisk is launching a global survey on the psychological and social effects of hemophilia to mark World Hemophilia Day, which takes place Saturday, the Danish drug maker announced Friday.

The survey will include responses from more than 1,300 people in 12 countries. The first phase will involve 150 face-to-face interviews to identify the most common issues affecting people with the disease. A second phase involving 1,200 respondents will follow. Issues facing those with hemophilia include lack of self-esteem, adverse effects on family life, living with pain and fearing a future with disabilities, Novo Nordisk said.

The initial findings from the study will be presented at the World Federation of Hemophilia Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between July 10 and 14.

“Hemophilia has far-reaching consequences beyond the physical impact of the condition for people with hemophilia, their families and the people treating the condition,” Novo Nordisk corporate VP global stakeholder engagement Charlotte Ersboll said. “This new program will help us to better understand these broader effects on the hemophilia community.”

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Study: Remicade more efficient in treating Crohn’s disease than generic competitor

BY Alaric DeArment

HORSHAM, Pa. Patients who had not received previous treatment recovered and healed better when taking a Johnson & Johnson biotech drug for Crohn’s disease than when taking a common generic drug for the disease, according to post-marketing clinical trial results published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Results of a phase 4 study comparing J&J’s Remicade (infliximab) with azathioprine showed that a larger number of patients had steroid-free remission and mucosal healing when taking Remicade than when they took azathioprine. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory, autoimmune disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that affects around half a million Americans.

“The results provide new insights into the benefits of starting Remicade alone or in combination with azathioprine –– earlier in the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn’s disease,” principal study investigator and medicine professor of France’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille Jean-Frederic Colombel said.

The investigators found that after 26 weeks, 57% of patients taking Remicade and azathioprine together and 44% of those taking Remicade alone had remission of their disease without steroids, compared with 30% of those taking azathioprine alone.

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Babson College to host Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing program

BY Allison Cerra

WELLESLEY, Mass. Babson College will be offering two sessions of Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing, its seven-day open enrollment program on retail management.

As a leader in entrepreneurial management education, Babson said Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing works with retail leaders to identify and evaluate their organizations’ key success factors in order to plan more strategically and manage their businesses more effectively.

The program, designed for retail CEOs, senior and general merchandise managers, operations managers, district managers, and upper-level marketing, finance, human resources, and MIS managers, participants will learn to:

  • Strategically plan for growth, including financial modeling and productivity analysis
  • Analyze and interpret consumer, competitive, and market research
  • Develop and implement enhanced merchandising management and assortment strategies
  • Effectively manage strategic resources

Program faculty include: Lawrence Ring (faculty director) and John Strong.

The program will be held at The College of William and Mary from May 1-7 and at the Babson Executive Conference Center from September 11 – 17.

Click here to sign up.

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