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U start-up acquired by large pharmacy company, Genoa

Medication Management Systems, a U-based start-up, was recently acquired by Genoa, the nation’s leading telepsychiatry and behavioral health pharmacy company.

Medication Management Systems (MMS) was the first company to get its start from the University of Minnesota’s Venture Center, which launches businesses around ideas and technology that are the offspring of University of Minnesota research.

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research-and-clinical-trials

More seniors taking inappropriate antidepressants, College of Pharmacy study finds

Antidepressant prescriptions for the elderly nearly doubled over a ten-year period, according to a recent study from the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy. But, many of those prescriptions were inappropriate and exposed seniors to unnecessary risks and adverse effects.

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research-and-clinical-trials

ICU patients can safely administer their own sedatives, new study finds

Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are often sedated to enhance their comfort with mechanical ventilator breaths and reduce anxiety. However, the prescribed sedatives are based on clinicians’ assessments of their patients’ discomfort or anxiety and may not meet their needs. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that patients can self-administer their own sedative in some cases, which could lead to a more tailored and possibly effective care experience.

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expert-perspectives

Make refugee health care great [again], writes UMN assoc. professor

Many health care providers aren’t fully educated on the unique challenges and circumstances refugees may experience, which can negatively influence their care.

Philbrick recently published a commentary detailing these challenges in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health. It is titled “Make Refugee Health Care Great [Again].”

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research-and-clinical-trials

Research Snapshot: Depression screening in older adults

The number of antidepressants prescribed in the U.S. is skyrocketing as more primary care providers give antidepressants to patients even though many of them don’t have a psychiatric diagnosis.

A group of University of Minnesota researchers set out to study how that trend might be affecting older adults.

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U joins national partnership aimed at expanding biopharmaceutical workforce and industry

The University of Minnesota will join a team of academic institutions, private companies, governmental entities and non-profit organizations across the U.S. as a partner for the newly established National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). NIIMBL, a public-private partnership supported by a $70M investment from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and at least $129M from other participants, aims to transform biopharmaceutical manufacturing in the U.S.

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