COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expanded in Alabama to include persons ages 65 through 74 and others

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday starting February 8, ADPH will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people 65 or older, and additional groups of frontline workers. The Vaccine Allocation Plan is available at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf Frontline critical workers listed in the plan are as follows: First responders Corrections…

LOCAL GROUP WORKING TO GET MINORITIES MORE INVOLVED IN CLINICAL TRIALS

Acclinate’s #NowIncluded works to use trusted partners to educate and empower these communities to take control of their health. An Alabama group is working to encourage more minorities to take part in clinical trials through the spread of information from “trusted sources.” #NowIncluded, an effort backed by Acclinate, hopes to educate the community and empower…

Alzheimer’s Disease: Black Americans Are Hardest Hit

As the aging population continues to grow, so will the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and worse yet, Blacks will be hit hardest. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, an estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and 1.1 million of them are Black-American. Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as the sixth…

Informed Consent

This document is produced by the CEAL Inclusive Participation Group for investigators and trialists as best practices to maximize engagement, dispel misinformation and foster trust. The priority populations for these trials are minorities and the elderly. The purpose of informed consent it to ensure that a volunteer can make an informed choice about taking part,…

Shifting the Drug Development Paradigm

As new technologies emerge, an opportunity to radically change clinical trials from site-centric to patient-centric has presented itself. Mereck’s (Kenilworth, NJ) digitally enabled clinical trial initiative is focused on reducing patient burden and increasing patient engagement. The four areas of focus in this paper are: use of technologies that can monitor drug adherence (smart dosing),…