SCIREX and Primary Care Network Establish Center of Excellence for Post-Marketing Research in Primary Care

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SCIREX Corporation and Primary Care Network (PCN) announced today the establishment of a Center of Excellence for Post-Marketing Research in Primary Care.

SCIREX Corporation and Primary Care Network (PCN) announced today the establishment of a Center of Excellence for Post-Marketing Research in Primary Care. SCIREX is a leader in the delivery of Phase I-IV contract research services to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and PCN is a 72,000-member association of physicians and other medical professionals that provides continuing medical education and clinical research.

“The current health care environment means rigorous post-marketing analysis of drug safety, usage, and effectiveness is critical,” said Peter Malamis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of SCIREX’s Post-Marketing Solutions group, “but reaching physicians engaged in real world primary care and recruiting them for research projects has historically been a challenge.

Explained Malamis, “SCIREX, with its research expertise and extensive relationships with manufacturers and trial sponsors, and PCN, with its membership of thousands of highly qualified primary care providers, are ideally positioned to collaborate on post-marketing research.” For SCIREX’s research clients, our partnership with PCN means easier access to hard-to-reach primary care physicians, better post-marketing study design, and quicker study start-up. SCIREX is proving once again our commitment to delivering innovative solutions to the challenges facing today’s pharmaceutical industry.”

PCN founder Roger Cady said the Center is an exciting opportunity to help bring the insights of practicing physicians to bear on the critical issues facing drug development and use. “As a national CME provider, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), PCN offers CME activities in a wide variety of therapeutic areas,” explained Cady. “The Center will enable PCN and our research affiliate, Clinvest, to contribute the needed research behind these efforts and facilitate the distribution of critical information to physicians who see patients every day.”

The Center will provide primary care physicians with research opportunities in areas including registries; risk management; safety surveillance; and observational, outcomes, and quality-of-life studies. Additionally, the collaboration will bring PCN physicians’ opportunities to act as lead investigators, advisory board members, pilot program participants, and focus group subjects. Training and guidance on post-marketing research practice will be provided to PCN members by SCIREX. A major function of the SCIREX/PCN partnership will be to identify projects and programs that enhance the understanding and execution of post-marketing research in the primary care setting.

About SCIREX

SCIREX Corporation is a leader in the delivery of Phase I-IV drug development services to the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. SCIREX’s clinical trial management capabilities include drug development planning, protocol design, submission services, regulatory affairs consulting, investigator and patient recruitment, data management, statistics, medical writing and offers an array of technology solutions including IVRS, EDC and SIMS(TM) (Study Information Management System). SCIREX’s experience portfolio includes more than 1,000 clinical trials involving well over 100,000 patients, evaluating new treatments for pain and inflammation, neurological and psychiatric disorders, infectious diseases and gastrointestinal and cardiovascular indications. SCIREX is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Omnicom Group, Inc.

For more information contact Blythe Vito, SCIREX Corporate Marketing at (215) 907-1330 x1054, or visit http://www.scirex.com.

About Primary Care Network

Primary Care Network, Inc. (PCN), a not-for-profit private foundation, is an association of healthcare providers and professionals linked by the goal of improving patient care through accredited education. PCN was founded in 1997 by Roger Cady, MD, board certified in Family Practice with expertise in headache and pain management. PCN provides cutting-edge, patient-centered educational programs based on practicing clinicians’ needs. PCN is dedicated to integrity and quality medical education and training that optimizes patient care for the welfare of individuals and communities. As a national CME provider, Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), PCN offers CME activities in a wide variety of therapeutic areas—including migraine, depression, asthma, pediatric asthma, rhinitis, COPD, STDs, pain management, managing the post MI patient, and Alzheimer’s Disease —in 6 different formats—women’s health, best practices in primary care (asthma, rhinitis, migraine, depression), evidence based medicine, prevention of disabling headaches, aging population, and chronic respiratory diseases. CME programs are presented in full day, half day, or one-hour program formats. For more information, go to http://www.primarycarenet.org or call 1-800-769-7565.

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