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Sprout Pharmaceuticals Is Close To Obtaining FDA Approval On The First Drug Available For Women Suffering HSDD

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) met jointly with the Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee and also the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee to decide with an eighteen to six vote that Sprouts Pharmaceuticals ADDYI meets approval of FDA guidelines with their Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) for women in premenopausal. A stipulation was set stating only if certain options for risk management apart from labeling are used.

Sprout Pharmaceuticals is very excited about this outcome. They are now one step closer to being able to get their product out to the public for one of the most common female sexual dysfunctions. HSDD is a sexual dysfunction in women that has been recognized by the medical community for over 40 years. This disorder is defined as having a lack of desire for sexual activity. This results in the decline of women’s personal relationships. There are approximately one in three women who suffer from HSDD in the United States and one in ten who are distressed by its affects.

ADDYI is one of the most studied health products in history. This medication continued to demonstrate significant results over placebo tests on three key points.
* Increase in sexual desire
* Decrease in distress as the sexual desire returned
* Increase in the frequency of satisfying sexual activity
The improvements were seen in as little as four weeks and were maintained over the 24 week treatment time. The women included in the testing, agreed themselves that the improvements they experienced were meaningful to them.

ADDYI was tested in clinical trials in over 8,500 patients. Of the 8,500 patients, 1,000 of them used the treatment for about a year. The safety profile it created was favorable. The side effects experienced in some of the test patients included; sleepiness, nausea and dizziness. The FDA is still not required to accept ADDYI and apply their approval to it even though the joint meeting did end in favorable results. They are still considering this new drug and if approved it will be the first on the market with FDA approval for HSDD.

ADDYI is designed to help restore prefrontal cortex control. This is the part of the brain that controls motivation and reward structures. This is the part of the brain where sexual desire manifests. It is to re-balance neurotransmitters influencing sexual desire and increase dopamine and norepinephrine. These are both responsible for sexual excitement. Sprout Pharmaceuticals will continue to seek FDA approval for ADDYI as there currently is no medicine on the market to help women with this disorder.

Advantage Capital Partners Invests $7.2m in Healthcare Tech Company

Advantage Capital Partners Invests $7.2m in Healthcare Tech Company

Advantage Capital Partners, a leading venture capital and small business finance firm invested $7.2 million in 3DR Laboratories, Inc. in August 2012. 3DR Laboratories is a visualization lab that provides 3D imaging services to hospitals and other organizations. The  $7.2 million was a component to an alliance with Kentucky New Markets Development programs. The operation expansion allowed 3DR Laboratories to create 15 new highly paying jobs in a relatively distressed area.

“This funding allows us to enhance our capabilities in order to better serve our clients. It also allows us to maintain our position of leadership in the imaging industry,” said David Ferguson, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors for 3DR Laboratories.

3DR Laboratories is a vital component to over 200 clients in the health care realm. It provides 3D images by processing CT scans and MRIs performed at hospitals and other health care facilities. It processes over 3,000 cases per month, some in a matter of minutes if it’s an emergency.

“We are pleased to provide funding to 3DR Laboratories,” said Tim Hassler of Advantage Capital Partners of the investment.

Things businesses do to improve worker health

Things businesses do to improve worker health

Many businesses realize the financial and personnel benefits of adopting official health initiatives into company policy. These initiatives must entice and excite a corporate body into action. Whether through financial means, promotions, or other modes; it is often difficult to recruit a staff into a concerted effort toward a healthy workplace effort. Most employees consider themselves to be separated from their employers when it comes to personal things like health.

It is also true that most employees are seeking long-term and profitable employment. If a company and its staff can reconcile the benefits of having a fit and health-minded employee base, a greater employer-to-employee relationship will emerge. This is true for small businesses and mega-companies with vast numbers of employees.

Corporate, governmental and medical communities are quickly adopting policies and attitudes affecting common worker communities. These policies result in greater opportunities for employees to take advantage of insurance-related benefits and the incorporation of healthier and safer work spaces. Many employer strategies are becoming commonplace when creating and sustaining a safe and healthy workplace that attracts the best worker talent.

Common Health Concerns in the Workplace

Anywhere large groups of diverse individuals gather for extended periods of time presents the possibility of adverse health elements. Communicable diseases, viruses and emotional distress is common in environments housing large employee groups.

In order to combat these preventable maladies, employers are instituting “buddy” programs that train individuals for certain tasks and helps them integrate successfully into a large employee group. When it comes to communicable sicknesses, employers are starting to allow more sick days per term, and approve time-off for the conscientious safety of the entire staff.

It is much more beneficial for a worker to stay home one day with a sickness, rather than to come to work out of the fear of breaking protocol and infecting a wider cross-section of fellow workers. This is one humane and strategic way businesses are providing a healthier environment for their workers. Allowing an extra sick day without penalty is much more beneficial than allowing a workforce to be exposed to a sickness for the sake of sick day records.

Working Individuals Are Exposed To Sickness In The Strangest Places

Employees are often exposed to unhealthy things at work and through daily routines. There are hundreds of places each day where an otherwise healthy employee might come into contact with something detrimental to their health. These include:

– commuter trains, buses and public transportation
– changing rooms before and after shift
– carpool vehicles with one or more sick riders
– unclean conditions at work, especially in the food preparation, grocery and packaging trades

Compared to conditions in decades past, modern workers are presently afforded much safer and healthier work environments. This is due to the perceived benefits that employers receive for treating employees with concern, and the oversight of official agencies like OSHA.

Viruses Found in the Workplace

Anywhere a diverse number of humans interact, a large list of viruses can be found. Some are common and some are uncommon and quite dangerous. Whether it is a metropolitan office, or a meat packing warehouse; these viruses will thrive if employers don’t perform their due diligence for safety and health.

– influenza, including TB and Pertussis
– HPV (Human Papiloma Virus responsible for fungal growth and hepatic symptoms)
– the common cold
– Tetanus (from worn work tools)
– Staph and Strep infections (immune intolerance from human fluid diversities)
– numerous allergic reactions

Employer-Initiated Workplace Health Improvement

The adopting of the most stringent governmental and health agency protocols for employee behavior and task execution is now standard in the best workplaces. Employers still want the long-term loyalty and growth provided by great employees, and they are taking steps to make the workplace a carefree and safe environment.

Most businesses now require safety and health training for each employee before their first day on the job. Some extend promotions and wage increases for CPR, OSHA and CDC training outside of normal job duties. Many employees have opportunities to increase their salaries and decrease their insurance rates with commitment to weight loss and smoking cessation programs. Some businesses are even going to great lengths to work with insurance agencies that put the welfare of the worker first.

While the workplace presents the potential for health problems, the majority of reputable employers are changing their approaches to hiring based on the benefits of a healthy and happy workforce!