27 Jul. 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. (July 27, 2010) - PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced they have entered into an agreement to jointly implement an innovative technology solution designed to improve efficiency in managing U.S. Food and Drug Administration-mandated Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) programs.
The technology will be based on Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS), a data aggregation platform that gives healthcare professionals access to the information they need when they need it, and Microsoft HealthVault, a personal health application platform that lets consumers gather, store and share health information online.
When completed, this first-of-its-kind technology solution will provide biopharmaceutical companies with a long-term system for managing operational components of REMS programs while tracking large amounts of information collected from multiple sources, including the patient, healthcare provider and pharmacy.
The robust solution will integrate PPD's strategic, scientific, operational and regulatory capabilities in designing and implementing comprehensive REMS and risk management programs with Microsoft's strong global software development expertise.
"Efficient, effective REMS programs require real-time access to information by multiple internal and external stakeholders," said Mike Wilkinson, executive vice president and chief information officer for PPD. "We are committed to combining operational and scientific excellence with leading REMS-specific technologies for this rapidly evolving sector of our industry and are pleased to collaborate with Microsoft in this effort."
Lori Eberhardt, vice president of global late stage research for PPD, added, "Our clients rely on our expertise in delivering comprehensive risk management programs, which are critical to ensuring patient safety. Whether we are working with clients to develop and manage REMS programs to assure safe use or developing a virtual training curriculum, this platform is an efficient solution to connect, manage and track all components of REMS programs."
The centralized platform based on Microsoft Amalga UIS and HealthVault will provide an easy-to-use interface for physicians, pharmacists and patients involved in REMS. It will also feature intuitive navigation and a high level of customization to provide clients greater control of their REMS programs.
"We're excited to collaborate with PPD to deliver a new REMS solution for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry," said Steve Shihadeh, general manager, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. "Using Amalga and HealthVault, we will be able to connect all of the stakeholders involved in REMS programs and make it much easier for them to get the right information at the right time to help improve patient safety. We look forward to seeing the positive impact our solution brings to PPD clients as they manage the prescription drug life cycle."
REMS programs are required by the FDA for certain marketed drugs to ensure the benefits of a product offered to consumers outweigh the risks. They can include elements to assure safe use, communications plans and medication guides, which all require assessment.
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