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Alliance for Transparent & Affordable Prescriptions

As policy makers in Washington, DC debate the next appointee to the United States Supreme Court, patient advocate groups are optimistic existing Justices and the nominee will support rights of states to impose regulations on the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) industry. The case, Rutledge v. the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association , will argued before the Supreme Court on October 6, 2020. The Alliance for Transparent and Affordable Prescriptions (ATAP), a coalition of patient and provider groups concerned about the role PBMs play in the rising cost of drugs and reduced patient access to affordable treatment, filed an Amicus Brief with the United States Supreme Court in an effort to support the rights of states to impose regulations on the PBM industry. ATAP’s Amicus Brief argues in part that PBMs are engaged in abusive practices with serious practical and policy consequences – including upward pressure on prescription drug pricing. “The relationship that really matters is the doctor-patient relationship, not the relationship with the middlemen” stated Dr. Robert Levin, ATAP’s President. “Every day, we witness first-hand how the PBM industry drives up costs and interferes with patient access to the medications they need. Doctors, patients, and legislators are saying ‘enough is enough’ and are fighting back. We welcome the opportunity to lend our voice and arguments on behalf of patients as the Supreme Court weighs in on regulating this industry.” The debate over the PBM industry is gaining traction in Washington as additional regulations are proposed, and even Presidential Executive Orders crafted in part to reign in PBM activity in the prescription drug marketplace. “PBMs construct formularies and utilization management tools not based on science but on profit, often leading to higher drug prices,” Dr. Madeline Feldman of the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations (an ATAP member organization) stated. “The Supreme Court should agree to allow states to protect ALL patients from the machinations of PBMs – whose only fiduciary responsibility is to shareholders. Perhaps if the federal government demanded transparency and regulated PBMs appropriately, the states wouldn’t have to step up to do the job.” "Countless healthcare stakeholders have waited eagerly for this day to come and will be closely watching the proceedings since this is the first case involving a PBM before the United States Supreme Court," stated Kathleen A. Arntsen, President & CEO of Lupus and Allied Diseases Association (an ATAP member organization). "As a patient-led organization who represents people that deal with serious health conditions on a daily basis, we have firsthand experience with the frustration in struggling to access affordable and appropriate treatments due to the existence of the unnecessary middleman industry. We are thrilled that the Justices will finally weigh in on these momentous issues and hopeful that they will stand with patients and rule in favor of fair drug pricing." In an earlier statement on the matter, the plaintiff, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge stated, “Our fight to protect Arkansans’ access to affordable prescription drugs will finally have its day before the Supreme Court. With arguments to be aired live, Americans will hear how we are protecting local pharmacists who play the vital role as frontline healthcare providers in rural Arkansas and across the country every day and particularly during this pandemic.” ATAP has been an active advocate for patients in a variety of federal and state battles to amplify the voices of patients and physicians. ### For more information, or to schedule an interview with an ATAP spokesperson please contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357. ATAP's mission is to address prescription drugs costs and patient access to affordable treatment by regulating PBM practices and reforming the drug industry through educational outreach and grassroots advocacy initiatives at both the state and federal level. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 Company Website

October 05, 2020 05:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Convey Services Launches Virtual Event Platform Exclusively for Sales & Annual Conferences

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Convey Services , a SaaS solutions company, today expanded its Cloud Conventions product line by launching Cloud Kickoffs™ , an online portal solution exclusively for sales and annual conference management. Cloud Kickoffs brings elements of a live sales kickoff or conference into a virtual environment to promote engagement, make connections and support team interaction. It’s content-rich experience maximizes the effectiveness of virtual events for yearend or sales kickoff programs. “Canceling live annual meetings or sales kickoffs has become a reality, but it doesn’t mean that those events can’t be effectively executed virtually,” said Carolyn Bradfield, CEO of Convey. “In many ways you can achieve better, more focused results without the time and expense of bringing everyone together physically. Using Cloud Kickoffs, the management team can align the organization around a common strategy, allow remote teams to foster relationships and at the same time deliver and reinforce critical training. Cloud Kickoffs helps you deliver the tools needed to succeed and provides access to training and content long after the live event is over.” Cloud Kickoffs manages live and on-demand education, brings teams together for forum and roundtable discussions, promotes one-on-one connections and offers a platform for networking and social interaction. After a Cloud Kickoffs event is over, the portal can retain its structure, extend the life of content and training and easily be repurposed for virtual sales events throughout the year. A virtual kickoff event can be fully managed by Convey or by your sales or marketing team. “Sales staff or association members look forward to annual conferences because they value the insights, connections and opportunity to walk away energized with a clear focus for the coming year,” added Bradfield. “Cloud Kickoffs provides an efficient solution to bring teams together virtually, saving tens of thousands on logistics planning, travel and entertainment.” Cloud Kickoffs comes complete with templates for branding, delivering email messaging, creating attendee dashboards, setting-up live and virtual sessions and gamification while always tracking attendee engagement. It’s designed for the non-technical user and doesn’t require any coding or development. Participating partners and sponsors can have virtual booths that remain intact or can be refreshed for future events. Each portal has online training and a support database to answer frequently asked questions. Sales and event managers can experience Cloud Kickoffs by visiting or explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting or contacting . About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions is a Virtual Trade Show and Conference Platform from Convey Services that brings new capabilities to a marketplace looking for solutions to replace the thousands of live trade shows, annual conferences and association meetings cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. Originally launched as ConveyLive, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, attendee registration, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. Trade Associations and event managers can explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting or contacting or call 888-975-1382. Cloud Conventions™, Cloud Kickoffs™, Conduct™, One-Touch Email Share™, Hub & Spoke™, 360° Virtual Exhibit Hall & Lobby Experience™ and ListLock™ are trademarks of Convey Services LLC Contact Details Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 Company Website

October 01, 2020 11:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Boarding for Breast Cancer Announces 13th Annual [VIRTUAL] Skate the Coast Presented by Suja Organic for Breast Cancer Prevention and Awareness


Boarding for Breast Cancer ( B4BC ), a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation providing breast cancer education, prevention and survivor support programs, announced they will be hosting their 13th Annual Skate the Coast fundraising event presented by Suja Organic in a virtual format on October 25, 2020. B4BC is inviting friends, family and partners to skate-bike-roll their local trail, path, or neighborhood in honor of breast cancer awareness and prevention, while promoting B4BC’s mission of a healthy, active lifestyle. Skate the Coast fundraising goal is set at $50,000 and participants are invited to raise a minimum of $25 to join the virtual event . Every year, Skate the Coast raises awareness for breast cancer with a 19-mile cruise on skateboards from the Santa Monica Pier to Redondo Beach. This year, amid the adversities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual event will significantly expand the scope to a worldwide level. “We are turning a challenge into an advantage by inviting our entire global community to our virtual Skate The Coast event where they can be active in any way that fits their lifestyle and support our event,” said Lisa Hudson, President and Co-founder of Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC), adding: “Be it 19 miles or just a few laps around your block get outside, ‘Be Healthy, Get Active, Ride,’ and help us raise funds for B4BC’s education, prevention and survivorship programs.” Registration comes with a B4BC face covering and a chance to win in the annual raffle. This year’s raffle prizes will include items from Suja, Yeti, Traeger Grills, Blendtec, The North Face, Pura Vida, Vans, GoPro, Smith, Gnu, Nikita, Dakine, Arbor, VonZipper, Globe, Impala Skates, Sector 9, Tahoe Longboards, SunBum, Show me your Mumu, Bravo Skateboards and many more. As B4BC’s biggest fundraising event, Skate the Coast is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and prevention while promoting the nonprofit’s mission of a healthy, active lifestyle. Since its inception, Skate the Coast alongside partner event Skate the Lake has attracted over 1,500 participants, fundraised over $700,000, and gained media coverage from national and local media. Virtual participation will be highlighted through B4BC’s social channels using the hashtag #skatethecoast and tagging @b4bc. Check out the 2018 Skate the Coast video here to see what the magic of this event is all about! Media representatives can find shareable social assets and event photos for download here . For event registration click here and visit B4BC.ORG for more information. Make sure to also follow@b4bc on social media for updates. ### About B4BC: Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates early detection and a healthy, active, and conscious lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices that promote lifelong wellness through grassroots events, educational outreach, sustainability, and survivorship support programs. About Skate the Coast: Skate the Coast is a 19-mile skate-bike-roll that promotes an active lifestyle while raising awareness and funds for Boarding for Breast Cancer’s (B4BC) education, prevention and survivorship programs. This unique event, which runs along a 19-mile coastline route from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach, CA, with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, is a part of B4BC’s summer long Skate Series that also includes The Annual Skate the Lake, a 28-mile skate along a portion of beautiful Lake Tahoe. The series attracts skaters young and old and of all abilities to push for the cause! Since their inception, Skate the Coast and Skate the Lake have collectively attracted over 1,500 participants, fundraised over $700,000, and gained media coverage from national and local media. Contact Details Kimberly Paige Dresser +1 949-300-5546 Company Website

September 30, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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Homegrown: UK premium CBD brand, Infused Amphora launches

Infused Amphora

British premium CBD wellness brand Infused Amphora launches today. Their product range includes a variety of vape cartridges designed to address and capture the needs and moods of society. Everything from tackling anxiety, muscular aches and stress to helping inspire, calm and focus minds. The cartridges were designed in collaboration with Vessel Brand, an industry leading California-based vape hardware company. The launch features four premium CBD-infused cartridges: INSPIRE : delivers an earthy and herbal vibe with lilac undertones, and a lemon-pepper nose. Allowing you to brainstorm, be unique, think differently or create a masterpiece. PEACE : combines a sweet woody flavour with a tickle of green peppercorn and a clean grapefruit finish. You will feel the embrace of a warm hug that removes the edge off stress. MEND : allows you to slip into a relaxing bath of sweet stone fruits, savoury herbs and a pine finish. Find relief from tension and release muscular aches and pains. ZZZ : offers the sensation of walking through a forest after the rain. Like the perfect cup of tea to be taken at bedtime - hints of juniper and lemon. Infused Amphora’s CBD products enhance health, wellness and help achieve personal lifestyle goals through their pesticide-free, non-intoxicating and THC-free CBD cartridges. All products contain two simple ingredients, 100% organic CBD distillate and plant-sourced terpenes. Products retail at £35 and are launching with a 20% discount at £28 each, for a limited time. All Infused Amphora products are rigorously third-party lab-tested* for content and purity. Angus Taylor, CEO of parent company, Infused Products International LTD, commented: “Infused Amphora is about creating an unmatched customer experience by offering easy to understand products that deliver a specific and predictable experience such as athletic recovery, sleep, inspiration, and tranquility. We are aiming to grow this international brand to 24 exciting products in 2021. We’re on track to build our own supply chain and will be able to quickly move high quality products to market that meet the needs of our customers. We will use the UK as a launch pad to expand and enter additional international markets, such as Brazil and India, next year”. On the partnership with Vessel Brand, Angus Taylor added: “As Infused Amphora thoughtfully considered its entry into the UK market, we intentionally sought out the best-in-class market partner, Vessel Brand, a company with complimentary visions of supporting mental and physical health through an exceptional customer journey. Premium CBD is at the core of our customer experience, it’s a crucial step of many that also includes third-party testing to guarantee compliance, education, premium hardware technology and unparalleled customer service.” James Choe, CEO and Co-Founder Vessel Brand, Inc. commented: "We are honoured to partner with Infused Amphora because of their dedication to quality product and their willingness to challenge the industry status quo by designing a better experience for every customer. We’re seeing countless CBD-related brands hitting the market but majority of them are battling for the customer’s attention with the same commodity offering, or in some cases, a step up with fancy packaging. “The customer experience needs to push well beyond this. ‘Premium’ in our eyes, has little to do with a price point and everything to do with delivering on a brand promise - the customer experience doesn’t end at the point of quality consumable product, that is just the beginning. The thoughtfulness to extend the experience to the battery that powers your oil, the control you have over your consumption, the way you charge and store your oil, and how you feel when you interact with their support team - that is what makes their offering compelling and that shared philosophy is what makes our partnership so strong” added James Choe . * Each product comes with a Certificate of Analysis from an accredited testing lab. Notes to the Editor For further information please contact the Amphora press office: Bilal Mahmood on or +44 (0) 20 3640 7759 and +44 (0) 771 400 7257. About Infused Amphora Infused Amphora is a premium CBD wellness brand formulated in the UK. It is owned by Infused Products International LTD, a global health-and-wellness product business. Infused Amphora is dedicated to providing all-natural, symptom-targeting and high-quality CBD products. Elevating users on their wellness journeys, each product is designed with a specific purpose, whether it’s sparking creativity, relieving stress, calming their thoughts before bed, or soothing muscle aches & pains. With only two simple ingredients (CBD distillate sourced from 100% organically grown hemp and plant-based terpenes to supply that beneficial entourage effect) we keep our customer’s health as our top priority. All of our products have zero harmful additives & solvents, are nicotine-free, pesticide-free, and THC-free to ensure no intoxicating effects, just pure bliss in every breath. Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 Company Website

September 30, 2020 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Citizens of Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia now have a free, confidential, first-of-its-kind tool to connect those in need with high-quality and appropriate addiction treatment. ATLAS™, an Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform, , evaluates addiction treatment facilities’ use of evidence-based best practices, allows patients to see and provide feedback on their experiences, and offers an easy-to-use online interface to allow those in need and their loved ones to search for and compare facilities using criteria such as location, services offered and insurance accepted so they can connect with appropriate treatment. The “Compare” feature of the platform allows users to review the quality measures and offerings of multiple facilities side by side. This enables patients and their loved ones to select a treatment facility that is higher-quality and a better fit. ATLAS also gathers and displays feedback from patients on their experiences at facilities using an anonymous crowd-sourced approach. This feedback helps to inform other people’s care selection decisions in the same way we utilize consumer reviews for selecting goods and services in other areas of healthcare and commerce. Anyone who has experience with a treatment facility in Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia are encouraged to visit to leave a patient review. “During a time when social isolation, economic hardship and disruption of everyday routines are compounding our nation’s addiction crisis, ATLAS is a critical new resource. When my son Brian needed addiction treatment, my family agonized trying to find him the right care. It was impossible to know who to trust,” says Shatterproof Founder and CEO, Gary Mendell. “ATLAS is a sea change in the addiction world. It will give those in need and their families the transparent and trustworthy information my family never had and will help put more people on the path to recovery.” ATLAS lists all of Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and West Virginia’s addiction treatment facilities for any substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, with more than half voluntarily providing information on the services and practices they utilize. ATLAS features: Facilities’ use of best practices based on the Shatterproof National Principles of Care , evidence-based standards derived from the Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction, using data gathered through a combination of validated sources; Feedback from other patients once a minimum threshold of 20 responses for the facility is met, that is updated every 24 hours; An expert-agreed upon Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment , created in collaboration with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and OpenBeds, to help guide the search based on the individual’s needs and severity; Ability to search and filter using criteria such as location, services offered and insurance accepted, as well as compare the facilities. ATLAS was created by Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America, and worked with RTI International, an independent research institute with expertise in quality measure development, data collection, and quality reporting, to build ATLAS using a combination of rigorous analytic approaches and data collection innovations. About Shatterproof: Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America. Shatterproof is focused on ensuring American substance use disorder treatment is based upon proven research and ending the stigma of addiction. The organization advocates for changes to federal and state policy, payer reform, treatment quality assessment, and provides public education through online programs. ### Contact Details Holly Jespersen +1 646-334-1024 Company Website

September 29, 2020 09:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fully Promoted® is Celebrating 20 Years with Nostalgic Business Campaign

Fully Promoted

Fully Promoted ®, the world’s largest branded products and marketing services franchise, is celebrating 20 years in business. The brand launched as EmbroidMe in 2000 as a small, family-owned business known for quality embroidered apparel and branded products. The brand was quickly recognized as the pioneer in the promotional products franchise. In 2017, after years of requests to provide more products and services to help businesses grow and get more customers, the brand became Fully Promoted powered by EmbroidMe. Fully Promoted is a one-stop destination for small and medium sized businesses looking for promotional products and branded apparel. While the brand always provided a wide range of products and services, specifically known for delivering “Cool Stuff and Awesome Results,” with the name change came additional custom apparel and promotional products to printing services, making the brand stronger than ever. Today, the brand has grown to over 300 franchise locations in more than 11 countries worldwide and has attracted some of the brightest and creative minds in the business. Each Fully Promoted location is independently owned and operated with knowledgeable individuals who will put together the best and most effective promotional products and marketing campaigns that have reached over a million customers over its 20 years. “I have been with the brand since inception and it’s been amazing to see how it’s evolved over the years. We truly have become the experts in branding and using promotional products in thoughtful and effective ways that benefit our clients,” said Mike Brugger, Fully Promoted brand President. “With decades of combined experience and global coverage, we have people all of all over the world helping businesses with quality promotional products, marketing ideas and embroidered apparel across every industry.” In 2019, the brand expanded further with the introduction Fully Promoted Office, providing customers more access and a host of quality services backed by the Fully Promoted name making it more convenient for customers. “With hundreds of locations in the United States and 20 years of experience, we are well positioned to meet customer demand for quality promotions and decorated apparel. The fact we embroider or print at many of our locations continues our 20-year trend of industry leading service,” added Brugger. Most recently, the brand launched its upgraded website to meet increased customer demand. The site allows customers to view products sold nationwide and pick them up at one of the local Fully Promoted locations. “We have a promotional product consultant available at all of our locations and chances are there is a location near you” said Brugger. As the site grows monthly, the Fully Promoted shopping platform will feature additional promotional products, and marketing ideas for businesses and organizations. A member of the United Franchise Group, Fully Promoted can access more than half a million promotional products . The company was formed by father and son team Roy and Ray Titus. To this day, Ray Titus continues the family legacy by holding the CEO position of United Franchise Group and consistently leading the company to reach new heights. Fully Promoted is currently seeking to partner with passionate entrepreneurs to become single or multi-unit franchisees. With a total investment as low as $85,000, Fully Promoted is a true turnkey investment with a well-developed business model. For more information on becoming a Fully Promoted franchise, visit . About Fully Promoted Fully Promoted has 300 franchise locations across the globe. The brand operates a full-service branded products and marketing service business and is the place to attract customers. From promotional products and embroidery to expert printing services, Fully Promoted can help take businesses to the next level. Fully Promoted also offers an office-based model allowing franchisees to operate their business using a developed network of resources. To find the Fully Promoted nearest you, visit . About United Franchise Group Led by Founder and CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to an affiliated family of brands, including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimax, Jon Smith Subs, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors, Accurate Franchising, Venture X, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, Network Lead Exchange and Resource Operations International (ROI). With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1,600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs. This advertisement is not an offer to sell a franchise. Any offer to sell this franchise will be made by a Franchisor Disclosure Document and only following registration by Inc dba Fully Promoted in any state requiring registration prior to sale. In New York: This advertisement is not an offering. An offering can only be made by prospectus filed first with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Such filing does not constitute approval by the Department of Law. In California: These franchises have been registered under franchise investment law of the State of California. Such registration does not constitute approval, recommendation or endorsement by the Commissioner of business oversight nor a finding by the commissioner that the information provided herein is true, complete and not misleading. Contact Details Brittny Fuchs +1 561-812-6032 Company Website

September 28, 2020 05:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Aspira Women’s Health has Emerged as a Global Leader for Innovations in Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment Starting with OVA1®plus, OVANex™, OVAInherit™ and ASPiRA GenetiX℠

Aspira Women's Health Inc.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer¹, impacting women of all ages and ethnicities. Early warning signs, such as bloating, weight loss and constipation, are vague, difficult to recognize and usually go undetected². As a result, most ovarian cancer is diagnosed in its late stages, leading to a five-year survival rate of less than 30%³. Aspira Women’s Health Inc. ("Aspira") (Nasdaq: AWH) is evolving and accelerating risk detection solutions for this lethal disease using multi-marker proteins and state-of-the-art genetics panels. The company’s core mission is to transform women's health, globally, starting with ovarian cancer. We aim to ensure that women of all ages, stages and ethnicities have the best solutions available to assess their personalized risk of cancer at the earliest stage when it matters most. Our end goal is to serve a large global pelvic mass population and overall women’s health sector with a platform coupled with proprietary science and data tools which will drive better health and wellbeing for each patient we serve. “We are focused on accelerating our research and delivering these potential lifesaving tools to women. We offer FDA-cleared, ACOG guideline-endorsed protein solutions coupled with comprehensive genetic testing panels for all known hereditary gynecological cancer risk. Each product serves to increase a woman’s awareness of her risk and to provide more opportunities for early detection," stated Valerie Palmieri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aspira. "Also beyond ovarian cancer, we are beginning to tackle other gynecological diseases with risk management and early detection solutions. Many gynecological diseases are connected from a proteomic and genetic perspective, and we are leading the charge. Ovarian cancer is the only gender specific cancer with a greater than 50% mortality rate³. Aspira offers testing to assess genetic risk, which can change care and surveillance for high-risk women. In patients with pelvic masses, OVA1plus has been shown to be able to detect ovarian cancer at its earliest stages, where survival rate for Stage 1 and 2 ovarian cancer is 70-90%³. “OVA1plus is my go-to test as soon as I see an ovarian mass, especially since everyone is so scared of cancers and missing cancers. It just gives you a lot of confidence in diagnosis and treatment of patients,” says Kathy Anderson, MD an obstetrician-gynecologist in Costa Mesa, California. In addition to early detection of ovarian cancer, Aspira works to lessen the disparity in ovarian cancer detection that exists among different ethnicities. It has been documented that Black women have a lower expression of [the CA-125 protein], which means that using CA-125 for risk assessment will disadvantage these women⁴. OVA1plus improves the detection of the risk of ovarian cancer in Black women because of its superior sensitivity and its multi-biomarker algorithm which measures changes in nutrition and inflammation which are not ethnicity specific. In summary, Aspira provides peace of mind to both physicians and patients by increasing the ability to detect ovarian cancer at its earliest stages or, conversely, providing high negative predictive value, as most pelvic masses are benign. We are dedicated to supporting women of all ages and ethnicities, and at all stages of ovarian cancer, as we strive to detect ovarian cancer risk as early as possible. We “Aspire” women to take control of their gynecologic health and “Empower” providers to deliver optimal care. Media Contact: Jaime Abrusci RX Medical Dynamics Tel 646-599-8606 References “Ovarian Cancer Statistics.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8 June 2020, . Tanne, Janice Hopkins. “US Cancer Groups Highlight Symptoms of Early Ovarian Cancer.” BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.) , BMJ Publishing Group Ltd., 23 June 2007, . “Cancer of the Ovary - Cancer Stat Facts.” SEER, Dunton, Charles, et al. “Ethnic Disparity in Clinical Performance between Multivariate Index Assay and CA125 in Detection of Ovarian Malignancy.” Future Oncology , 9 Aug. 2019, . About Aspira Women’s Health Inc. Aspira Women’s Health Inc. (formerly known as Vermillion, Inc. Nasdaq: VRML) has transformed women’s health with the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative testing options and bio-analytical solutions that help physicians assess risk, optimize patient management and improve gynecologic health outcomes for women. OVA1®plus combines our FDA-cleared products OVA1® and OVERA® to detect the risk of ovarian malignancy in women with adnexal masses. ASPiRA GenetiXSM testing offers both targeted and a more comprehensive genetic testing options with a gynecologic focus. Our focus is on delivering products that allow healthcare providers to stratify risk, facilitate early detection, and optimize treatment. Visit our website for more information about our products at Contact Details Emily Granger +1 508-341-9331 Company Website

September 28, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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US companies spending billions each month to return staff back to work


Getting businesses back up and running and employees back to work is critical to the US economic recovery. However, there’s confusion between employers and anxiety for workers returning to work. Digital health and therapeutics company Huma asked 5,000 US employees and 2,000 US employers about their views on returning to work. Only one in five businesses feel suitably informed on the specific policies/procedures they need to ensure a safe working environment for their employees. Yet employers are spending loads of money to reopen workplaces safely. Employers estimate that they will spend $3.4 billion per month overall, and $61.23 per employee each month to ensure employee health and safety. Nearly 9 in 10 employers (86%) have instituted new hygiene protocols, updated workplace layouts, and have a smaller workforce. While employers are readying the workplace, they have not planned for managing COVID-19 cases. Few employers have made accommodations for managing COVID-19 exposure. Only one-fifth of employers have updated sick leave policies (22%) or communications policies for exposure (19%). Economic realities are scaring employees more than health and safety risks Shockingly, two-thirds of employees believe their health and safety could be compromised in the workplace. Despite these fears, most employees are eager to get back to work, with over half of workers (52%) ready to get back to work today. Of those employees who have already returned to their workplace, only one in four (27%) employees are confident in the measures in place to ensure their safety and wellbeing. What’s driving employees’ concerns are interactions with other people, with respondents citing their co-workers’ hygiene (17%) and commuters (25%) as two of the three factors they were worried about, along with the workplace environment (21%). What causes the greatest fear for nearly three-quarters (72%) of employees is their coworker’s hygiene, which they rank as the single most significant factor in COVID-19 transmission at the workplace. Managing employee health for a safe workplace Employers have invested in the physical workplace, but have not put systems in place to manage employee health and COVID-19 case communications to ensure safer workplaces. Overwhelmingly, two-thirds (67%) of employees would be willing to do a daily symptom check-in with their employers, and the majority (75%) would be comfortable with employers tracking their symptoms. Moreover, nine in ten businesses (87%) are comfortable monitoring their employees' symptoms. This research shows that there’s a willingness on both sides to manage employee health, yet few are doing so. Dan Vahdat, founder and CEO of Huma, commented : “What this research identifies are the concerns of employers and employees in managing health and safety at the workplace during the COVID-19 era. Employers are spending millions to create a safe work environment, but not on solutions to manage employee health.” “Employers need new solutions and guidance on how to manage their health and wellbeing of their employees and provide assurance that they are prepared for COVID-19. Without new solutions to help manage workplace safety, businesses and the economy are going to take longer to recover.” Digital health and therapeutics company Huma is helping businesses and employees return to work safely. Huma Health Shield gives employees an easy-to-use mobile app to confidentially self-report their symptoms, track vital signs, and see their exposure risk. Employers have access to a secure web-based portal to see their workforce’s overall health while still protecting employee privacy. Ends Notes the editor Research findings based on a survey of 5,000 US employees and 2,000 US companies conducted in September 2020. About Huma Huma partners with scientists, technologists, and healthcare professionals to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent ill health. Giving knowledge and power to those with medical conditions, while saving clinicians time, energy, and valuable resources. Because, by collectively benefiting from the data we individually generate, we can all live our longest, fullest lives. Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 Company Website

September 16, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Google Added Free, Trusted Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment to Google Recover Together website this National Recovery Month


Google is now featuring the Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment, a new online resource created by Shatterproof, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and OpenBeds, an Appriss Health company, on their Recover Together website . The online resource features a set of consumer-friendly, clinically validated questions to assess the needs of a person with addiction and produce guidance on the type of treatment that is most appropriate for them. The free resource is available nationwide at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the addiction crisis, with drug overdose rates surging across the country. Google is helping to meet individuals and families where they are already searching for addiction treatment, online. The thirteen-question assessment was added as a new resource for Recovery Month to the Recover Together website , launched in 2019. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that only 1 in 10 people who need treatment for addiction, receive it. Far fewer individuals receive quality, evidence-based care. Google is helping to bridge the treatment gap by adding the assessment to their website and assisting those seeking treatment to obtain the appropriate level of care. In addition, Google is creating videos featuring individuals with lived experience to help families navigate the daunting process of finding care for loved ones. Currently, many people searching for addiction treatment don’t know where to start. Instead of selecting a treatment setting based on clinical guidance, they are swayed by high-priced internet advertisements or misconceptions about what addiction treatment “should” be. The new Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment will describe to users the type of treatment setting, for example outpatient treatment or residential, and other features to search for based on their needs. By increasing the consumer’s knowledge on where to start, the resource not only empowers patients and families but puts them on the right path for improved outcomes. “We applaud Google for adding a link to the Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment to their Recover Together website , making this trusted resource available to so many,” said Shatterproof Executive Vice President, Steve D’Antonio. “Treatment of a substance use disorder is not ‘one size fits all’ and by helping to identify the appropriate type of care we can greatly increase the chances of success.” The anonymous ATNA assessment asks a variety of questions related to substance use, health, and environment. The output of the assessment offers guidance on the treatment type an individual should start with as they seek treatment. “It is incredibly challenging to navigate the intricacies of the behavioral health system in the US, especially at a time of crisis,” shared Nishi Rawat, M.D., senior vice president at Appriss Health and co-founder of OpenBeds. “We hope that this tool will help people take the important first step toward making an informed decision about the right type of treatment for themselves or their loved one.” “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. The severity of this illness can vary significantly from person to person and therefore the type and intensity of treatment should be matched to each patient’s needs,” said Paul H. Earley, MD, DFASAM, president of ASAM. “The ASAM Criteria® provides an evidence-based framework for determining the right level of care and tailoring that care to the individual patient. The Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment, which is based on The ASAM Criteria , is an important tool for helping patients understand where to begin their search for care.” ### About Shatterproof: Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the course of the addiction crisis in America. Shatterproof is focused on ensuring that American substance use disorder treatment is based upon proven research and ending the stigma of addiction. The organization advocates for changes to federal and state policy, payer reform, treatment quality assessment, and provides public education through online programs. For more information, visit . About ASAM: The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) , founded in 1954, is a professional medical society representing over 6,000 physicians, clinicians, and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction. For more information, visit . About OpenBeds : OpenBeds offers a cloud-based platform that provides real-time behavioral health treatment facility and program availability, digital referrals, two-way digital provider communication, data aggregation and analytics, and clinical decision support resources. OpenBeds trusted and comprehensive treatment access and referral networks improve the timeliness of quality mental healthcare and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. All OpenBeds statewide networks have the ability to develop and deploy Treatment Connection , an online portal that enables those seeking mental health and SUD treatment for themselves or others to anonymously search for nearby providers, evaluate the type of care needed, and submit confidential online referral inquiries to appropriate treatment providers vetted by the state. OpenBeds is an Appriss Health company. For more information, please visit , or follow OpenBeds on LinkedIn . Contact Details Holly Jespersen +1 646-334-1024 Company Website

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