Adoption Center – Christ Yoder Mon, 19 Sep 2022 22:54:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Adoption Center – Christ Yoder 32 32 Distemper outbreak causes local animal shelter to close Mon, 19 Sep 2022 22:49:00 +0000

MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) — An outbreak of distemper has forced the Midland Animal Shelter to close for two days to clean and care for affected dogs.

Dogs that have been affected by this disease have been taken to other local shelters to be monitored in the meantime.

The animal shelter had two days of cleaning to make sure this virus was gone.

Distemper is a viral infection that can affect dogs.

Some symptoms may include fever, cough, tremors and seizures in dogs.

Although it is possible for dogs to recover from distemper,

They can take months to recover and even sometimes they are not the same afterwards.

“It’s deadlier than parvovirus. Parvovirus you can treat, distemper you can’t, the long term effects are neurological on the animal,” Ty Coleman said.

Fix West Texas, Midland Animal Shelter Adoptables and Permian Basin Animal Advocates are some of the organizations that have volunteered to quarantine some of the dogs.

During this time the animal services were cleaning the cages.

“We closed Thursday and Friday. We want to do a lot of deep cleaning, we hit the air vents, every bar in the cage, the door handles, we want to do everything we can to eradicate the disease,” Coleman said.

Coleman says the illness likely came from a stray dog ​​that had distemper, and like other illnesses, these dogs didn’t show any symptoms until it was too late.

“So it takes up to 14 days for an animal to test positive for distemper after being exposed. Right now we have a separate group whose animals are in isolation and who may have been exposed to distemper,” Coleman said.

A member of Midland Animal Shelter Adoptables says they have taken in 14 dogs who are being closely monitored for the virus, and unfortunately 12 dogs have had to be euthanized since this outbreak.

To date, the cages are clean and are expected to be used during the day.

One of three puppies stolen from Atlanta animal shelter found safe Sun, 18 Sep 2022 05:08:46 +0000

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One of three puppies stolen in a break-in at an animal shelter in Atlanta, Georgia, over the week was found safe and sound on Saturday and is now back at the shelter.

The burglary at PAWS Atlanta in Dekalb County happened early Friday morning. Employees monitoring security cameras noticed a person wearing a hoodie walking suspiciously around the shelter before hearing the sound of breaking glass. The employees called the police and rushed to the shelter.

When employees arrived, they found broken glass and a rock. They also noticed open animal crates.

Three dogs have been removed from the shelter – two puppies named Violet and Emilia and a toy Yorkie named Princeton. The Yorkie was about to be adopted.


One of three puppies stolen in a break-in at an animal shelter in Atlanta, Georgia has been found safe and is now back at the shelter.
(PAWS Atlanta)

But on Saturday, PAWS Atlanta announced on Facebook that Emilia had been found. The post says a volunteer at the shelter spotted a photo on the Nextdoor app that “strongly resembled” one of the missing puppies.

“The dog had been wandering scared in someone’s yard for a few hours,” the shelter wrote. “The volunteer contacted PAWS Atlanta staff who immediately attended the scene and determined that it was indeed Emilia!”


Three dogs have been removed from the shelter – two puppies named Violet and Emilia and a toy Yorkie named Princeton.  The Yorkie was about to be adopted.

Three dogs have been removed from the shelter – two puppies named Violet and Emilia and a toy Yorkie named Princeton. The Yorkie was about to be adopted.
(PAWS Atlanta)

Emilia suffered a few scratches and was hungry, but was otherwise uninjured. The shelter doesn’t believe the person who located the pup had anything to do with the break-in.

“It is possible that because Emilia was rescued from a neighborhood a short distance from the shelter, she escaped the man who robbed her after she was abducted,” the post read. . “It’s also possible that he lives in the area, but we can’t say anything for sure at this time.”

Emilia suffered a few scratches and was hungry, but was otherwise uninjured.  The shelter doesn't believe the person who located the pup had anything to do with the break-in.

Emilia suffered a few scratches and was hungry, but was otherwise uninjured. The shelter doesn’t believe the person who located the pup had anything to do with the break-in.
(PAWS Atlanta)


PAWS Atlanta said Emilia’s rescue gives them hope that they can also find the other two puppies safely. A $1,000 reward is offered for information that leads to their safe return.

]]> State’s largest animal shelter to open in Kollam Fri, 16 Sep 2022 13:32:00 +0000

Kerala’s largest animal sanctuary will be set up at Kuriyottotumala in the district as part of a comprehensive project launched by the Kollam district panchayat to control the threat of stray dogs.

While a mass campaign will be conducted to vaccinate pets, spot vaccination of stray dogs and animal birth control (ABC) camps will be held across the district. Along with other measures, the early sterilization of street dogs through a bloodless process will also be carried out.

Campaign on

“The goal is to ensure that all 68 grama panchayats in the district are rabies-free. The zero rabies campaign to vaccinate around 82,000 pet dogs and 28,000 cats in the district has already started. One lakh doses of vaccine have been procured for this purpose and vaccinated pets will be given licenses,” said district panchayat chairman Sam K. Daniel. The project will be jointly implemented by the Department of Livestock and the District Panchayat.

While immediate action will be taken to remove litter from the 19 stray dog ​​hotspots in the district, the project also offers animal lovers the opportunity to adopt puppies. Mass vaccination camps will be held at government veterinary hospitals and health centers. At present, 12 surgery centers have been set up for ABC program at Punukannur, Kalluvathukal, Adichanallur, Kuzhumathicaud, Sasthamcotta, Pathanapuram, Panmana, Chirakkara, Venchemb, Chitara, Kadakkal, Thevalappuram and Kollam. A total of eight veterinarians and 32 dog handlers have been assigned to implement the program.

Before October 20

The district administration plans to complete the vaccination campaign by October 20, and vaccinated stray dogs will be transferred to shelters. Besides block-level centers, two local organizations can jointly find land and build animal shelters. Civic body officials have been urged to address the threat of stray dogs as a serious social issue. People’s representatives have been tasked with working with the livestock department and ensuring that pets in each household are vaccinated.

Overcrowding at Montgomery County Animal Shelter Leads to Changes in Operations Wed, 14 Sep 2022 22:00:26 +0000 Concerns about overcrowding at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter prompted commissioners to appoint County Judge Mark Keough to oversee operations and staff at the shelter.

The action follows an outcry from residents who said the shelter was refusing animals and asking people to keep these dogs and cats for two weeks after the shelter vaccinated them.

MCAS director Aaron Johnson said officers were responding to calls about stray dogs but asking residents to keep the animal for at least two weeks after the shelter provided the vaccination to prevent the spread of disease. . He noted that there are situations where officers take animals in response to a call from a resident.

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Johnson said the underlying issue is the need for new, larger shelter and the continued effort to control disease among the population.

On Wednesday, Johnson said the shelter, which has a capacity of about 180 people, has 363 animals in its care. Of these animals, 53 were cats. The shelter recently participated in a mega-adotion event at the George R. Brown Convention Center where it found homes for more than 100 dogs and cats.

“We need to redo the policy and procedures for animal control officers and what they tell our constituents,” Keough said. “We need to figure out how to get the animals in and out more emotionally. That’s what needs to be done.”

Johnson said he looked forward to working with Keough to create the new policies.

Last August, the shelter stopped accepting animals for two weeks to deal with an epidemic of canine distemper. Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems of dogs and other animals such as ferrets, skunks and raccoons. The disease is often fatal.

The shelter moved to an appointment-only admissions process to address the distemper issue.

“We continue to monitor this and keep it under control,” Johnson said previously. “It’s a very big challenge because of the capacity and it’s going to continue to be our biggest challenge. (The appointment system) helped us with the illness, it helped us with the process.

The issue of the capacity of the aging facility has been at the forefront of discussions between shelter management and commissioners for several years.

During budget discussions in 2021, commissioners asked Johnson to begin collecting data for a new structure and to inquire with animal organizations, such as the Montgomery County Humane Society, about potential partnerships.

The 152,469 square foot facility at 8535 Texas 242 was built in 2002 and has a certified value of $2.634 million for 2021 according to the Montgomery Central Appraisal District.

Keough said if adding a new shelter was part of the county’s future growth plan, construction could take years.

“That won’t be the case in the near future,” he said.

Kansas family struggling to adopt adoptive daughter, says system is down Mon, 12 Sep 2022 21:17:25 +0000

TOPEKA Nicole DeHaven broke down in tears as she testified about her foster care experience during a Monday meeting with state lawmakers.

DeHaven and her husband, John, have raised their adopted daughter since she was three days old. But when the Gardner couple tried to adopt the 2-year-old, they were told that they would also have to adopt his three half-siblings. The Gardner couple did not have the resources to care for so many children and did not think it would be the right decision for any of the children.

The DeHavens say removing their daughter from their home would deeply traumatize her and also harm their adopted 2-year-old son, who has been raised by her side all his life.

“How am I supposed to explain to him what happened to his sissy?” Nicole DeHaven asked lawmakers.

The DeHavens told their story in person and in written testimony for the Joint Committee on Oversight of the Child Welfare System, which met Monday for the first time this year.

The DeHavens, who are approved adoptive parents through state contractor Cornerstones of Care, said they were assigned to a new case team in March 2021 and the team refused to accept them. consider or even include them in the process of finding an adoptive family. According to the DeHavens, social workers turned on them after a potential first adoptive family failed.

“We’ve been accused of so many things, it’s unbelievable,” the DeHavens said.

The DeHavens believe Cornerstones of Care is attacking them for taking legal advice and raising concerns about the organization’s procedures and decisions.

The case team accused John DeHaven of being physically and verbally aggressive, the DeHavens said. The case team also filed a report with the Department of Children and Families, alleging the family improperly conducted a therapist assessment of their home life, the DeHavens said.

“We were taking their advice, not knowing at all that the proper paperwork hadn’t been put in place,” Nicole DeHaven said. “And that this team never endorsed it, what part of me feels like that was intentional. It was intentional.”

DCF spokesman Mike Deines said the department has been made aware of the concerns.

“The agency is working with the family and our case management provider to address concerns raised today at the Joint Child Protection Oversight Committee meeting,” Deines wrote in a statement to Kansas. reflector.

Cornerstones of Care did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

Rep. Susan Concannon, a Republican from Beloit who is chair of the Child Welfare Oversight Committee, and Rep. Jarrod Ousley, a Democrat from Merriam, led a discussion on concerns about the foster care system. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ foster care system has long been criticized for the constant turnover of social workers, allegations of financial fraud and misconduct, and poor supervision of children in the system.

In June, a monitoring group discovered that Kansas had one of the highest rates of missing foster children. An August DCF report showed that 66 of the approximately 6,200 children placed in foster care were missing.

Lawmakers thanked the DeHavens for testifying on the issue, saying that in many cases foster parents were afraid to publicly criticize the organizations they worked with.

“Thank you so much guys for coming out and speaking on behalf of many of the foster parents that we’ve been hearing about quietly, who don’t want to talk because they don’t want any kind of retaliation against the kids they still have the ability to care. I wish we could wave a magic wand to fix this instantly,” said Rep. Charlotte Esau, R-Olathe.

Their adopted daughter is now set to be adopted along with her half-siblings, although the adoption has yet to be finalized. The DeHavens say they are done with fostering after this experience and will let their foster care license expire. They are currently focused on minimizing the trauma of the move for their adopted daughter.

“We are devastated,” said John DeHaven. “We are doing everything we can to keep him from suffering during this transition.”

The state is still failing victim of institutional neglect Sat, 10 Sep 2022 20:00:00 +0000

JHIS is an important book. It explores how those who have suffered in Madeleine laundries, mother and baby homes, other residential institutions and in a closed and secret adoption system over the past 100 years have been treated by both jurisdictions. from the island of Ireland. It also offers many suggestions for remedying shortcomings and draws on similar experiences in Canada, Great Britain and Australia.

The idea for this collection was born out of an international conference at Boston College in 2018 titled Towards transitional justice: recognition, truth and institutional abuse in Ireland; followed by a special issue of Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies in 2020 which included essays by conference participants. Thirteen of these essays, along with seven others also written by participants, are joined by four long-form journalism articles.

The editors are academics and members of the advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR), which places the survivors’ motto, “nothing about us, without us”, at the center of their work. In their introduction, they ask what justice is and “how might democracy evolve if the experiences and expertise of survivors were allowed to lead? “.

We must first understand the meaning of “transitional justice”. In her contribution, Claire McGettrick draws on the UN definition and argues that it involves “four fundamental principles: the right to know the truth about historical abuses and the fate of the missing; the State’s obligation to investigate and prosecute human rights violations; the right to reparations; and, finally, the obligation of the State to prevent the repetition of human rights violations in the future.

Does Ireland comply with these principles? Since 2009 and the publication of Ryan Report on the Commission of Inquiry into Child Abusewe have had inquiries into the Blanchisseries de la Madeleine ( McAleese Reportt, 2013), the investigation of the symphysiotomy ( Harding–Clark Report2016) and in 2020 the Commission of Inquiry into Homes for Mothers and Babies published its final report.

The state has apologized for its legacy of institutional abuse but, as numerous essays here argue, it continues to wield power over survivors, adoptees and their loved ones, in how it uses their testimonies, administers reparations and controls the remains of those who died and how these abuses are to be remembered.

At the center of criticism of the Republic’s investigations is the way survivors’ testimonies are collected and processed. In his essay titled Antigone in Galway: Anne Enright on the dishonored dead, the author claims that the women’s testimony to Martin McAleese is “turned into a kind of chorus in the report” while the testimony of Dr. Coughlan who worked at the Galway Laundry takes up much more space. In addition, congregational records are anonymized and the originals are returned to them.

No criminal proceedings have been brought against anyone who has abused residents of the Madeleine laundries, mother-child homes or other institutions or against those who have carried out or facilitated illegal adoptions, with the exception of a prosecution minor against a midwife in 1965, who continued to run an adoption agency for years afterwards.

Readers may remember the number of survivors who reacted to the release of the Mother and Baby Homes inquiry report two years ago. What angered them most was the way the survivors’ testimonies were used and the way the commission members refused to appear before a committee of the Oireachtas to answer questions. In April 2021, the Garda Commissioner announced that as the Commission’s findings were anonymized it meant that “there is not enough detail in the report” to open an investigation. The Garda Commissioner, according to Maeve O’Rourke’s essay, “failed to mention that his police force is legally prohibited from accessing the entire archive of records collected by the Commission of Inquiry into homes for mothers and babies, in accordance with the legislation underlying the investigation”.

Terri Harrison holding the only photo she has of her firstborn son, Niall, who was born at St Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home on Dublin’s Navan Road in October 1973. Baby Niall was taken from Terri a few weeks later late for adoption without her consent. Photo: Moya Nolan

It seems that the state does not want to know how its previous investigations and reports have been received by victims. Máiréad Enright and Sinéad Ring write of the Child Abuse Inquiry Commission that produced the Ryan Report in 2009: “Pseudonyms have been granted to anyone accused of abuse, whether convicted or not. The evidence collected during the process was not allowed to be used in criminal prosecutions. This cloak of anonymity and effective immunity created partial history and left many victim-survivors feeling exposed and ignored by the state.

They examine the activities of the Residential Institutions Appeals Board, established in 2002, and an agency established in 2013 to support victim-survivors with their health, education and housing. Survivors were required to appear before a council, and the experience was described by many as a re-traumatization.

eng. They had to endure being cross-examined on the evidence given by the religious orders, although the orders did not have to testify orally. According to Enright and Ring: “Efforts to provide redress…have focused on limiting the exposure of state and religious orders to compensation claims.

The state continues to treat religious orders with deference, absolving them of legal liability, and despite a 2002 agreement that called for a 50-50 split, they only contributed 16% of the cost of repair.

The state’s response is to Refuse, delay and buy silence, according to Irish Examiner alumnus Conall Ó Fátharta, who has written extensively on the topics covered in this collection. He argues that by listing mother and baby homes, Madeleine laundries, illegal adoptions, etc. state agencies and authorities.

He adds: “They are a story; a scandal which, seen in its entirety, tells us about the fundamental character of the Irish state – from its very foundation.

In her lecture, Ruth Rubio Marín describes it as “a policy which was intended to encourage prolific Catholic marriages…a joint venture between the Catholic Church and the Republic of Ireland from its inception and which lasted to some extent until in the 1990s”. She goes on to describe it as “justified gender-based violence in the name of Catholic morality transformed into state ideology…which has failed…to uphold basic liberal democratic norms promising women full and equal citizenship. “.

Paul Michael Garrett examines how attitudes towards single mothers were influenced by figures such as Father Richard Stanislaus Devane, a prominent Jesuit, in the early years of the Free State, which few of us have heard of before. He was among those who gave evidence to the Commission on the Relief of the Sick and Destitute Poor in 1927 and was “engaged in a particular form of Catholic Irishness” – threatened by young people widening their “circle of their pleasures” including jazz, which he describes as a “dance threat”.

These are just a few of the interesting mixes of contributions; while some are from academics, others are testimonials from those who have suffered the wounds caused, for example, by the long-term effects on single mothers.

Among the latter is Catriona Palmer whose memoir An Affair With My Mother documented the sad reality that her mother kept her existence a secret and lives a “bifurcated and haunted life”. Terri Harrison describes herself as an ‘outcast mother’ whose son was abducted when he was six weeks old.

Redress should be read by anyone who cares about vulnerable people and those who can influence how they are treated today.

Bark at the Moon Glow Walk to light up the Briggs Animal Adoption Center | Journal-news Mon, 05 Sep 2022 03:00:00 +0000

CHARLES TOWN — The Briggs Animal Adoption Center will welcome visitors for a dog-friendly moonlight walk on September 9, coupled with fun family activities. Visitors will find a photo booth, face painting, refreshments, a 50/50 raffle and a great opportunity to meet adoptable dogs.

Bark at the Moon Glow Walk attendees are invited to bring their canine friends dressed in their finest glow-in-the-dark costumes to compete for the title of Best Dressed Glow Dog. The first three winners will receive prizes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 7:45 p.m.

Bailey Funk, development and marketing associate for the National Humane Education Society, is looking forward to the event.

“The best part of our events is how excited everyone is about the animals! Everyone comes out to have fun, support our organization, and visit the adoptable animals that live on our campus,” Funk said.

“It’s always great to see the care people have for animals, and it’s so good for dogs and cats to have this time to socialize,” she continued. “Plus, every event is a great opportunity to connect and bond with our wonderful people who care about animals as much as we do! We always love the chance to get to know them better.”

Funk explained that there will be a boardwalk around the BAAC which will be illuminated with lanterns and lights and photo opportunities along the way. She added that the adoptable dogs will be present and walking around with the rest of the attendees.

She explained that Cindy Taylor, the animal care administrator, thought of the idea because of the mile-long trail around campus.

“It’s a beautiful walk and we wanted to share it with the community. We decided to open it to the public at night because the sky above BAAC is beautiful at night and it’s cool outside, so the walk is very relaxing,” Funk said.

“This event is for kids, families and companion dogs because seeing happy dogs with their families is what we do,” Funk added.

The Bark at the Moon Glow Walk raises awareness of adopting rather than buying pets and all proceeds will benefit animals in the care of BAAC.

“Animals are part of the family and we don’t think they should be bought. There are approximately 8,000 pets slaughtered in the United States every day,” Funk said. need us animals that have no home. or a particular pedigree. Every penny people spend on adopting an animal from us goes directly to animal medical care, such as neutering and vaccinations,” she added.

“The event is all about showing people how amazing adoptable dogs are and educating people about the importance of adoption and the process. Meeting the dogs first hand really shows people how adoption saves lives. lives,” Funk pointed out.

General admission is $5 and children are $2. Registration includes a free glow stick. In the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms, the Glow Walk will be rescheduled to September 16.

Albuquerque animal adoption center is still closed, costing the city money Wed, 31 Aug 2022 01:15:00 +0000

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Animal shelters in the city of Albuquerque are currently fuller than usual. So why is the adoption center at a busy mall still closed? And why is the city still paying thousands of dollars in rent?

With no shortage of animals in need of homes, the city says it’s working to open its Lucky Paws adoption center in the Coronado Center, but it’s hitting a roadblock that many businesses can. identify themselves these days. “Lucky Paws is such a gem for animal welfare, and we want to get it up and running,” said Carolyn Ortega, director of the city’s animal welfare department.

The adoption center, which has 14 dogs and 23 cats, is closed until further notice. It first closed in March 2020. “Initially it was because of COVID. But since then, as we started to loosen all the state protocols, it’s been more about staffing,” Ortega said.

It takes 12 adoption counselors to open Lucky Paws, but there are currently seven vacancies. The city’s five adoption counselors help out at the shelters, which currently have about 1,000 pets.

“It’s more than normal. We’re at full capacity and every day we’re really struggling to keep up,” Ortega said. “Operationally, it makes more sense than staff that we need to stay in shelters to ensure we have the appropriate number of staff for the number of animals we have in shelters.”

Yet keeping the space vacant is expensive. The city rents the space for about $100,000 a year, which means it spent about $250,000 while Lucky Paws was closed. “We really hate that it’s taking us so long, but we really need to focus our staff where they’re needed, and right now they’re needed in shelters because we have so many pets,” said Ortega.

The contract for the space runs through the end of 2024. The city said it will go to job fairs and offer incentives to try to recruit staff.

“We know how important this is for the community; we know how many people are really pushing and defending Lucky Paws,” Ortega said. “I encourage people who love animals and want to make a difference in their lives to apply for this position.”

Animal Welfare says Lucky Paws will be open on Black Friday for an adoption event. In the meantime, they’re looking at “creative” ways to use the space for other pop-up adoption events or just open on weekends until they’re sold out.

In addition to adoption counselors, Animal Welfare is looking for veterinary staff and volunteers. You can apply and view volunteer opportunities online.

The future of anti-inflammatory biosimilars Sat, 27 Aug 2022 11:05:32 +0000

According to the authors of a review article in Seminars on arthritis and rheumatism, who discussed recent developments and future prospects for anti-inflammatory biologic therapy, including the availability of biosimilars in the United States and the European Union.

Reviewers said there are more than 560 biosimilars in development worldwide. Biosimilars are currently available for chronic immune-mediated inflammatory diseases in rheumatology, gastroenterology and dermatology. These include tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitors, such as adalimumab, etanercept, and infliximab; and rituximab, an antibody directed against a surface antigen on B cells. These biosimilars have been approved for all indications of the reference products.

Biosimilars in US vs EU

The reviewers pointed to stark differences between the United States and the European Union in the use of biosimilars, with biosimilars being “widely adopted” in Europe. They said this could be partly due to the earlier introduction of biosimilars into the European Union.

The first anti-inflammatory biosimilar was launched in 2006 in the European Union. Since then, the European Medicines Agency has approved more than 60 biosimilars. The US FDA approved its first biosimilar in 2015. Since then, 33 biosimilars have been approved by the FDA and 11 launched.

The authors said European hospitals have widely adopted biosimilars in their formularies, resulting in “significant price reductions of 10% to 35% or more”. In contrast, patent protections have delayed US hospital formulary changes until 2029 for etanercept and 2023 for adalimumab. They added that many US states do not allow pharmacists to substitute a biosimilar without the knowledge of the prescribing physician, a practice more commonly allowed in European countries.

Reviewers cited additional reasons for the slow uptake of biosimilars in the United States, including patent litigation and other attempts by reference product manufacturers to delay biosimilar entry to market, poor understanding of biosimilars by many providers and patients, and insufficient cost savings associated with switching to biosimilars to drive wider adoption, particularly for infliximab. The authors consider biosimilar education to be “key” to increasing biosimilar uptake. Achieving cost savings in the United States similar to those in the European Union “may not be possible unless the US pharmaceutical market is reformed,” they added.

Competition, innovation and the future of anti-inflammatory biosimilars

The reviewers highlighted the importance of competition in the biologics market, both between biosimilars and between biosimilars and originators, which “drives technical innovation”. The subcutaneous infliximab assay is “a key example” of this innovation, they said, in addition to “many improvements in understanding pharmacokinetics and algorithms for better individual use.”

The authors discussed changes in the biosimilars regulatory landscape, such as the FDA’s Biosimilars Action Plan, released in 2018 to help develop the biosimilars market to increase competition. In the European Union, reviewers expected a “relaxation” of the requirement for comparative clinical efficacy trials for approval of biosimilars. They wrote that the value of the clinical efficacy trial has been “increasingly questioned” and the consensus is shifting towards the idea that analytical tools and a comparative pharmacokinetic trial can broadly predict clinical comparability. .

They said this shift started in the UK, as the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency issued guidance in May 2021 for a simplified regulatory pathway for biosimilars, which “in essence… removed the requirement for a comparative phase 3 efficacy trial in most cases where a well-argued justification can be provided.

Some biosimilars approved by extrapolation have been further studied in indications of interest, allowing for increased confidence in these biosimilars by patients, payers and providers. For example, the infliximab biosimilar CT-P13, whose approval was based on a clinical study in rheumatoid arthritis, is now being evaluated in inflammatory bowel disease. With these studies and more concrete evidence, the authors expect “physicians to become confident not only in initiating patients to biosimilars, but also in transitioning patients to and between them.”

To create a sustainable biosimilar market, the reviewers recommend policies designed to remove barriers to biosimilar market entry and increase uptake of biosimilars by physicians and patients, saying that “policies that would provide affordable treatments and accessible to patients should be encouraged, despite the lack of political will to implement them.

The authors concluded that biosimilars have already had an impact on clinical outcomes in rheumatology, gastroenterology and dermatology, and that affordable access to biologics via biosimilars will allow biologics to be used earlier in the lifespan. course of the disease, leading to better long-term outcomes.


Schreiber S, Puig L, Gonçalves J, Mease PJ, Panaccione R, Emery P. Critical appraisal and future perspectives on the use of anti-inflammatory biosimilars in chronic immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2022;55:152023. doi:10.1016/j.semarthrit.2022.152023.

Samsung Medical Center achieves EMRAM Stage 6 Thu, 25 Aug 2022 07:32:09 +0000

Samsung Medical Center is the latest hospital in Asia Pacific to achieve Level 6 accreditation for the HIMSS electronic medical records adoption model.

EMRAM assesses the adoption and maturity of a healthcare institution’s EMR capabilities.


During validation, HIMSS commended SMC for its health information system, noting its extensive use of computerized ordering and digital drug prescriptions. Clinicians have been enthusiastic about the EMR, with the hospital having a 100% user adoption rate for clinical documentation and CPOE use.

The hospital’s health information exchange capabilities were also impressive, with data being exchanged between multiple external and national databases “mostly in near real time”.

Additionally, the hospital was praised for its patient engagement initiatives, including its use of the Visual ARS system for scheduling appointments. SMC has also developed patient engagement solutions for medical treatment, nursing, hospital administration, pharmacy and radiology.

“SMC is well on its way to achieving its goal of being a SMART medical center, innovating in technology, space utilization and patient experience, while striving to provide the highest quality care. high quality,” Andrew Pearce, HIMSS Vice President for Analytics and Global Advisory Lead, said.

Meanwhile, HIMSS advised the hospital to integrate its many patient engagement tools into a single platform to provide patients and their caregivers with a seamless experience for accessing health records, communicating with providers, managing their health and performing administrative tasks.

In preparation for its Phase 7 validation, SMC is expected to prepare a case study presentation on its multiple technology solutions that are deployed to address operational and clinical issues.


SMC’s EMRAM Stage 6 validation comes four months after it became the first hospital in the world to achieve Phase 7 Accreditation for the HIMSS Infrastructure Adoption Model.

It also follows other Asian hospitals, Tung’s Taichung MetroHarbor Hospital in Taiwan and the Pondok Indah Hospital Group in Indonesia will receive EMRAM Stage 6 validation this year. Three Australian hospitals – Royal Women’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Center – have also received EMRAM Stage 6 in April.


“SMC has been continuously digitally transformed through optimization, efficiency and continuous integration efforts with a passion to deliver the highest healthcare service priorities in quality, safety, patient safety and work efficiency,” said Sang Seob Lee, IT operations manager at SMC.

He said that following this latest EMRAM accreditation, “SMC will continue to contribute to improving patient safety and medical efficiency, and accelerating the implementation of advanced smart hospitals through technology. ‘digital innovation’.