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Nov, 2020

Lindsey Hunter shares her one year living & working experience in Italy

 

I moved to Italy one year ago, after spending the entirety of my working life in London, United Kingdom. My move to Italy came about due to my Italian partner wanting to move back to Italy, after spending many years abroad. We decided to take the plunge – and here we are! I first heard of Penta in Italy from my work in the UK, and after seeing a job opening for a Communications Manager, I applied and started working at Penta in October 2019. Starting out in Penta Communications, I […]

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Nov, 2020

European Medicines Agency approves use of Dolutegravir 5 mg dispersible tablet for younger children living with HIV

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On November 12th, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a positive opinion recommending marketing authorisation for dolutegravir 5mg dispersible tablets for young children living with HIV. This decision was based, in part, on data from the ODYSSEY trial. These small tablets can now be used in combination with other medicines for treating children living with HIV who are aged at least four weeks and weigh at least 3kg. CHMP’s positive opinion also supported the updated dosing recommendations for dolutegravir film-coated […]

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Nov, 2020

#WorldAntimicrobialAwarenessWeek: Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs)

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In the spirit of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, we’d like to share a summary of the findings from the “Implementation and Impact of Paediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: A Systematic Scoping Review” study. As you may already know, Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) are a set of coordinated interventions designed to improve the selection of the appropriate agent, dose, route of administration, and therapy duration without compromising patient outcomes.

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Nov, 2020

Tools for Healthcare Workers to measure Health Research Capacity Development at an Individual Level

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  Author: Bilardi D, Rapa E, Bernays S, & Lang T Published in: European Academy of Pediatric Societies   Background: Despite health research capacity development (HRCD) in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) being recognised as a critical element to overcoming global health challenges, insufficient actions have been taken to tackle major barriers to HRCD. A key barrier in supporting HRCD is the lack of empirical measurement of competencies to assess skills and identify gaps in research activities. An effective tool to measure HRCD would help drive more capable teams to […]

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Nov, 2020

Louise Hill Presents NeoVanc Sub-study Results at ESPID 2020

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Louise Hill presented the findings of a NeoVanc sub-study at ESPID’s 2020 Virtual Meeting in late October. Below is a summary of the study and findings. Enterococcus (a bacterium) and candida (a fungus) can sometimes be found on or in the human body.  Occasionally enterococci can develop resistance to one of the antibiotics usually used to treat it – vancomycin. Vancomycin use has been linked to a rise in vancomycin-resistant enterococci and candida on or in the bodies of babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Babies with vancomycin-resistant […]

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