OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 18, 2013) -
In consultation with Health Canada, three companies (Cobalt Pharmaceuticals Company, Laboratoires Riva Inc. and Sanis Health Inc.) are voluntarily recalling all lots of their antipsychotic product (Quetiapine) due to potential contamination with an antibiotic product (Clindamycin) during the manufacturing process. The recall affects the 25 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg and 300 mg doses of Co Quetiapine, Riva Quetiapine, and Sanis Quetiapine.
Quetiapine is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adult patients. All three companies are advising health care professionals to contact their patients who have been supplied with any quetiapine (listed above) product to help ensure a safe transition over to alternative authorised and not affected Quetiapine products on the Canadian market.
Who is affected:
As of May 17, 2013, Health Canada has not received any adverse reactions associated with the possibility of contamination of Quetiapine and Clindamycin.
The population at risk includes those who are susceptible or hypersensitive to the antibiotics clindamycin or lincomycin. The risks include mild skin rashes; however, hives and in rare instances more serious skin disorders resembling Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a more severe rash with blisters and peeling skin), and a few cases of anaphylactoid reactions have also been reported during drug therapy with clindamycin.
What patients should do:
-- Immediately contact your healthcare practitioner with any questions or concerns regarding the use of quetiapine products. -- Do not discontinue treatment and contact your health care professional to obtain medical advice. -- Report any adverse reaction potentially related to these products to Health Canada. -- Contact Health Canada's toll-free line at 1-800-267-9675 with questions or complaints about these products.
What Health Canada is doing:
Health Canada has requested that all three manufacturers recall the affected product, which the companies have agreed to do. Further, Health Canada will monitor the recall to ensure it was effective.
During a recent inspection by European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) in March 2013 of Suzhou No. 4 Pharmaceutical Factory, China, a concern was identified related to the factory's Good Manufacturing Practices. The active pharmaceutical ingredient quetiapine may have been contaminated with another active ingredient, clindamycin.
The EDQM noted that the API manufacturer's cleaning records for a piece of common equipment were found to be inadequate. As such, the presence of trace amounts of clindamycin hydrochloride on that common equipment has not yet been ruled out and there's a possibility of a serious allergic reaction in patients sensitive to clindamycin.
Three Canadian companies sell products that contain quetiapine sourced from the Suzhou manufacturing site: Cobalt Pharmaceuticals Company, Laboratoires Riva Inc. and Sanis Health Inc.
For most adult patients, exposure to trace amounts of clindamycin hydrochloride will not represent a health risk and there are no contraindications for taking the two medications together. However, for those who may have hypersensitivity to clindamycin (estimated at less than 1% of the population), even trace amounts may cause serious allergic reactions.
All lots of 25 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg and 300 mg doses of Co Quetiapine (Cobalt Pharmaceuticals Company), Riva Quetiapine (Laboratoires Riva Inc.), and Sanis Quetiapine (Sanis Health Inc.)
For more information:
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.
Media enquiries related to this Advisory should be directed to Health Canada Media Relations at 613-957-2983.
How to report side effects to health products:
To report suspected adverse reaction to these or other health products, please contact Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form and send to us using one of these methods:
-- Fax: 1-866-678-6789 -- Internet: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect -- Mail: Canada Vigilance Program Marketed Health Products Directorate Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701E K1A 0K9
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Media Inquiries: Health Canada 613-957-2983 Public Inquiries: 613-957-2991 1-866-225-0709 Source: Health Canada
WALTHAM, Mass., May 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bentley graduates are armed with superpowers, thanks to Bert and John Jacobs, brothers and co-founders of the Boston-based Life is good (LIG) company. The dynamic duo addressed approximately 1,000 Bentley University undergraduate students at the 94th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Speaking to an estimated audience of 8,000, they shared some of their company's core values, delivered in the optimistic "LIG style" that has become the trademark of their apparel and accessories, and iconic smiling stick figure, "Jake."
"At our company we refer to our core values as the 'Life is good Superpowers.' These are superpowers accessible to all. And they can help you find fulfillment not just in your careers but in your lives," John said of values that include creativity, courage, love, authenticity, gratitude and fun. It was a lively day filled with audience participation, as the brothers launched Life is good Frisbees into the audience throughout the address, each one representing a particular superpower.
Recalling the devastating events surrounding the Boston Marathon, Bert described the company's response: a Boston t-shirt to benefit effected families. "Our hearts go out to the families of the three we lost… to those who were badly injured. But we felt it was our job to focus on what was right rather than what was wrong." Citing first responders and people who came together, he added, "One act of hate is no match for millions of acts of love. Love is a superpower!"
Bert explained how the company has taken to heart the stories from customers who have faced adversity. "We no longer say 'have to' — ever. We never say 'I have to go to a late meeting' or 'I have to work late…we 'get to.' And it carries over into your life beyond your business. You 'get to' do your laundry because you get to stand on two legs. Gratitude is a superpower!"
Bert and John concluded with a superpower that got people up on their feet: fun. They cued up the brass band and to the beat of the popular song "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore, belted out a song written especially for Bentley grads. "Tell us what you see, optimism's key, it's how to be, we guarantee, sing if you agree. We gonna let it fly."
The Jacobs brothers each received an honorary doctor of commercial science degree at the ceremony.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS At the 38th annual commencement ceremony, Jorge Moran, Santander U.S. country head and president and CEO of Sovereign Bank, delivered the keynote address to graduate students at the Bentley University Graduate School of Business ceremony. He specifically shared lessons that have led him not only professionally, but on a personal level:
- Don't be afraid of failing, leaving your comfort zone or facing your fears
- Don't walk alone, don't work alone, don't dream alone
- Deliver on your commitments and honor your word
Growing up in a city in Northern Spain with a dramatic history, he referenced Christopher Columbus' entrepreneurial spirit. "If you want to grow, both as a corporation and as a person, you can't forget Columbus' words: 'You will never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to leave your own shore.' And remember, you can't reach the other shore if you are alone."
Citing life's ups and downs, Moran emphasized that accomplishments happen when people work together. "Not only have I needed help and support to succeed, I also needed it when I failed. Sharing the root of a failure is the first step to succeed."
The power of trust is something that guides Moran on a personal and professional level. "Trust is a priceless asset in good times and bad. If you spend your career and your life meaning what you say and honoring your word, I cannot guarantee you will get everything you want but I can promise you one thing – you will be successful. Because if you look at yourself in the mirror and trust the person you see, that is the definition of success."
Moran received an honorary doctor of commercial science degree at the ceremony.
ABOUT THE GRADUATES At the undergraduate ceremony, 1,048 bachelor of science degrees, 15 bachelor of arts degrees and five certificates in Accountancy were awarded to 1,068 students. (Figures include degrees and certificates conferred on October 26, 2012; March 1, 2013, and May 18, 2013.)
At the Graduate School of Business Ceremony, 11 doctoral degrees, 437 master of science degrees, 178 master of business administration degrees, 13 dual MS/MBA degrees, and 94 certificates were granted to 638 graduate students. (Students may earn multiple degrees and certificates so may be counted more than once. Figures include degrees and certificates conferred on October 26, 2012; March 1, 2013, and May 18, 2013.)
FACULTY AND STUDENT AWARDS The Gregory H. Adamian Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Steven J. J. Weisman, senior lecturer in law, taxation and financial planning. The Bentley University Award for Excellence in Scholarship was presented to Gesa E. Kirsch, professor of English and media studies. The Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising was given to David Szymanski, assistant professor of natural and applied sciences.
Student honorees included Jennifer Berkley, winner of the Professor Robert J. Weafer Award for Undergraduate Academic Excellence. The Professor E. William Dandes Award for Graduate Academic Excellence went to William Donlan and Lauren Hatchouel. This year's Outstanding Evening Scholar is Dmitry Dukhon.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS Bert and John Jacobs Bert and John Jacobs are co-founders and Chief Executive Optimist and Chief Creative Optimist, respectively, of The Life is good Company. Jake, Life is good's iconic hero with the contagious smile, teaches men, women and kids that optimism is fun, healthy, and empowering.
In 1989 the Jacobs brothers designed their first T-shirts. They began selling their designs on the streets of Boston out of an old van at colleges and fairs along the East Coast of the United States. In 1994, following a not-so-successful road trip and a combined sum of just $78 in the bank, they returned to Boston, unsure of the future of their business. After gathering friends at their apartment to share stories and ask for comments on their new drawings and sayings, one image received considerable favorable attention: the beret-wearing, smiling stick figure and the phrase "Life is good." The brothers named the character Jake and printed up 48 shirts. At a street fair in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the shirts sold out in less than an hour. They began to sell shirts and hats featuring Jake in local stores and the demand for the merchandise grew quickly, as did national recognition of the brand.
Life is good expanded its product lines from T-shirts and caps into a lifestyle brand that features optimistic apparel and accessories focused on positive messages and emphasizing simplicity, humor and humility. Today, Life is good products are sold by over 3,500 retailers nationwide, 6 company-owned stores and on lifeisgood.com. The innovative company focuses on forging meaningful, emotional connections, and relies heavily on its community of Optimists to help spread the power of optimism.
Life is good also holds an annual two-day celebration of music and optimism, The Life is good Festival, which raises money for kids in need. The Festival features three stages of nationally-known musical talent, hands-on games and interactive arts activities. More importantly, the Festival is a one-of-a-kind fundraiser for The Life is good Kids Foundation and creates a community of fundraisers. The Life is good Kids Foundation receives 100 percent of the funds raised at the Life is good Festival.
After graduating from Villanova University in 1987 with a degree in Communications, Bert worked as a ski instructor, pizza delivery man, and substitute teacher. John graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1990 with dual degrees in English and Art. He began designing and selling T-shirts after college and also worked as a substitute teacher to supplement his income during Life is good's infancy. Bert and John are the youngest of six siblings from Needham, Massachusetts and they credit their mother with teaching them to face the bumps in the road with a smile. The Jacobs brothers see simplicity, humility and a sense of humor as the three keys to Life is good's continued success.
Jorge Moran Jorge Moran has been Santander's US country head since February 2011 and president and chief executive officer of Sovereign Bank since December 2010. He joined Santander Group in 2002 as head of Asset Management. He has also served as head of Santander's Global Asset Management and Insurance Division, as senior executive vice president and head of the Global Insurance Division at Banco Santander, S.A., and as chief operating officer of Santander UK plc.
Before joining Santander, Moran was chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley for Spain and Portugal, and a partner of AB Asesores, a brokerage and asset management company. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Business from ICADE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Further details on Commencement 2013 can be found on the Bentley University commencement web site at: http://www.bentley.edu/events/commencement
SOURCE Bentley University
SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Mara Online provides professional, personal and social tools for communicating, networking, innovating and collaborating across borders
The launch of Mara Online was announced today by Ashish J Thakkar, Founder and CEO of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, during his keynote at the world's largest entrepreneur's conference TiEcon. The vision of this new online and mobile platform is to become the first most inspirational choice for connecting African youth across the continent and to the world.
Mara Online is an online and mobile eco-system allowing users to communicate, interact and collaborate with each other via social portals, while building communities that are centered around common interests and information needs. Mara Online is a convergence of web and mobile technology that creates user-driven experiences spanning from educational tools for entrepreneurs to highly interactive mobile applications that provide connectivity to people across the globe.
"With the expansion of the African mobile and internet markets, we strive to develop quality services and tools that will empower and inspire African users. By engaging with our African youth, our goal is to support them in creating an identity in the world of technology, enabling them to innovate, share and collaborate across borders", Ashish J. Thakkar stated during his keynote speech.
Three new mobile platforms to stay connected in Africa
Throughout this year, Mara Online will launch its own mobile applications. The first three applications are communication focused, with the ambition to create new opportunities for African youth and ultimately change the way people interact online across the continent:
- MaraConnect - A free mobile VoIP, allowing smartphone and tablet users across Africa to call and text for free, both domestically and internationally. As of today, this application is available in App Stores and on Google Play.
- MaraMessenger - An instant messaging platform facilitating real time communication via mobile and offers quick transmission of text-based messages.
- BuzzMe - The first African social media network, providing a new way for youth to meet and network across the continent and globally, via the Internet and on mobile. BuzzMe will be interlinked with the other applications and allow members to chat online using MaraMessenger and via VOIP on MaraConnect.
"Launching today, I am confident that MaraConnect will shake up the market and become the premier choice for connecting people in Africa and beyond, while reducing consumers' costs for mobile communication," Ashish J Thakkar announced.
The idea behind Mara Online started off last year when Mara created Mara Mentor; an online mentoring platform to support young entrepreneurs. Launched as an initiative by Mara Foundation and Mara Online, this platform already has over a 100,000 users. Going forward with new product launches as part of the Mara Online platform, MaraMessenger and MaraConnect will serve as the two communication tools for Mara Mentor. The Mara Online ecosystem will be truly interconnected and thus enabling African youth to communicate more freely on a global scale.
For more information about Mara Group and Mara Online, please visit http://www.mara.com
For more information about Mara Connect, or to download the app please visit connect.mara.com
Sabina Lindstedt, Communications Director at Mara
+971-567-798-974 or email@example.com
SOURCE Mara Group
HAINES CITY, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Florida event raced around Lake Eva Park today. Thomas Moore from UnitedHealthcare of Florida, and Patrick McGee, IRONKIDS Race Director kicked-off the triathlon’s pool swim, bike course and run aimed to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through exercise and healthy lifestyles.
Students from Lake Orienta and Bentley Elementary Schools are pictured with Moore, Griffin, Patrick McGee, IRONKIDS Race Director, and Colleen Gonzalez, Lake Orienta Elementary School at the UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Florida triathlon. (Photo: Business Wire)
UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring 10 IRONKIDS events – nine running races and a triathlon – in seven states. Today’s triathlon in Haines City included hundreds of young athletes, ages 6 to 15. The company provided complimentary tickets to the race and weekend-long IRONMAN activities to local students from Seminole County Schools, enabling children who often face barriers to good health, to compete in the event.
Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America’s Health Rankings®, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. Florida ranks 18th in the country in childhood obesity, and more than 11% of Florida youth are estimated to be obese.
UnitedHealthcareMolly McMillen, 612-353-7778
LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's the training ground for L.A.'s most promising young talent and the alma mater of the likes of recording artist Josh Groban, actor Corbin Bleu and playwright Josefina Lopez. But since its founding in 1985, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts has never really had a home of its own, having always shared facilities on the Cal State L.A. campus.
So it marked a milestone for "LACHSA" and arts education when the school's new $31 million facility was unveiled today at a grand opening ceremony.
"LACHSA's new building is more than a beautiful learning environment. It serves as a beacon of hope for the future of arts education in our public schools," said Arturo Delgado, superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Educations, which operates the school in partnership with Cal State L.A.
The three-level facility features 21 classrooms and black box theatre on 1.24 acres of land on the university campus. For the first time in nearly 30 years, LACHSA is able to hold academic classes in one building and has access to its own rehearsal and performance space.
"It has been more than two years since we broke ground on the new Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and the wait has been well worth it," said Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser. "Now some of the region's — and beyond — most talented young artists have a state-of-the-art facility that is esthetically beautiful and provides its talented and dedicated faculty and staff a variety of tools to engage and enable students' full potential."
Elected and education officials joined with hundreds of students, families, alumni, school personnel and stakeholders for the afternoon grand opening ceremony held as part of the annual "LACHSALive" all-day festival of performances and exhibitions.
Funding for the school's construction came from a $31.8 million "financial hardship" grant to the Office of Education through the California School Facilities Program from Propositions 47, 55 and 1D. The final cost of the project was $31 million. Construction began in February 2011. The Office contracted with HMC Architects of Ontario and construction management firm Bernards of San Fernando for the project.
The black box theatre was equipped through a $1.25 million grant from state's Career Technical Education Program and a generous matching gift from the Leonetti-O'Connell Family Foundation through the Arts High Foundation. Named "Caroline's LOFT" (Leonetti-O'Connell Family Theatre) in honor of LACHSA co-founder Caroline Ahmanson, the space provides for rehearsals and performances as well as technical training in the cinematic arts and stagecraft.
An $875,000 grant from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich (Dist. 5), also a LACHSA co-founder, is funding construction of an amphitheatre scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2014.
The award-winning LACHSA combines college-preparatory academic instruction with conservatory-style training in the visual and performing arts. The school serves 600 diverse students from across Los Angeles County who are selected through a competitive process of juried auditions or portfolio review. Learn more at: www.lachsa.net.
A photo of new building can be downloaded at: www.tinyurl.com/lachsabuilding. Video of the day's events can be found on our FTP site at: www.lacoe.edu/videodownloads by 5:00 pm PST (username: mediauser; password: media2013).
SOURCE Los Angeles County Office of Education
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