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BREAKING: Direct Relief Makes $32 Million in Medical Inventories Available to Colombia and Peru amid Historic Flooding

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$200,000 Initial Cash Committed for Relief Effort, FedEx and Healthcare Companies Step Up as Emergency Unfolds

GOLETA, Calif., April 6, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Direct Relief today committed an initial $200,000 in cash and made available $32 million in medical resources for relief and recovery efforts in Colombia and Peru, where historic flooding and mudslides have claimed hundreds of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands more.

Today’s commitment follows several emergency air shipments from Direct Relief of medical aid totaling $7.8 million and 38 tons (76,000 lbs.).

“People in Peru and Colombia are facing severe risks in the wake of devastating storms, and Direct Relief is extending support to our capable partner organizations providing frontline care in a still unfolding, complex emergency,” said Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe.

Water sources often become compromised after serious flooding, which can lead to a host of health issues. Cholera and other diseases related to poor sanitation pose additional threats to public health. Neglected tropical diseases including trachoma, soil-transmitted pathogens, and various bacterial and parasitic infections also present risks to people in the area.

Bolstered by strong support from corporate partners that include AbbVie, Allergan, Actavis, Baxter, BD, Boehringer Ingelheim, Teva, Pfizer, and Unilever, Direct Relief is sending antibiotics, antivirals, rehydration supplies and hygiene kits. FedEx has provided emergency airlift support.

In Peru, Direct Relief is assisting four partner organizations providing emergency services and conducting medical missions in close coordination with the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Patrulla Area Colombiana (PAC, a Colombian NGO of pilots and medics), Asociacion Paz Peru, Socios en Salud (Partners in Health), and Asociacion Vida Peru have received and distributed $3.9 million of essential medications and supplies totaling 17.5 tons to eight hard-hit regions: Lima, Huarmey, Piura, Pedregal Alto, Simbila, Tumbes, Casma, and Arequipa. Direct Relief also is funding the deployment of 20 medical personnel to Piura to provide medical care and deliver seven tons of medicine and medical supplies. Keep Reading

Tens of Thousands of Orthodox Jews Protest Israel’s Military Draft Law

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JERUSALEM, March 30, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews gathered yesterday (Tuesday) to protest Israel’s Military Draft Law, resulting in the forced enlistment of many Orthodox Jews. The protestors also decried Israel’s brutal tactics to crack down peaceful protestors.

The demonstration was organized by the Edah HaChareidis – a Rabbinic umbrella association representing hundreds of Orthodox Jewish congregations with a combined membership of over 250,000. During the protest, leading Rabbis sharply attacked Israel’s conscription policy, passed in 2014, curtailing a 60 year old policy exempting all Yeshiva students from military service. Since then, many who refused to enlist were incarcerated for weeks and even months under brutal conditions. Those who peacefully protest those policies are subject to harsh punishments as well.

For instance, a father of seven, Rabbi Binyumin Friedman was recently incarcerated for peacefully protesting the draft. He was denied bail and is now scheduled to remain detained until the completion of his trial, which can take many months.

“The Israeli Army is an irreligious entity, and it is impossible for Orthodox Jews to fully practice their religion while in the army. We cannot serve in the army; because, the Torah prohibits us to create a state before the coming of Messiah… because, the Torah prohibits us to wage war against any sovereign nation!” declared Rabbi Issac Mark, the intergovernmental liaison for the Edah HaChareidis. Keep Reading

New Collaboration Improves Access to Treatment for Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Patients Most at Risk for Early Heart Attacks and Death

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In collaboration with The FH Foundation, Express Scripts expands access to PCSK9 inhibitors for those with FH.

PASADENA, Calif., March 15, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — The FH Foundation, a patient-centered non-profit dedicated to research, advocacy, and education of all forms of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), today announced its collaboration with Express Scripts, a leading pharmacy benefit manager, to improve pharmacy coverage for patients with FH, an inherited genetic disorder that causes high LDL-cholesterol from birth. With a more comprehensive set of diagnostic criteria, a broader group of patients will have access to cutting-edge PCSK9 inhibitor treatment, as appropriate.

“The FH Foundation applauds Express Scripts for its leadership, working with the FH Foundation to ensure that high-risk FH patients, for whom these novel therapies were approved, will have access to the care their healthcare provider has recommended,” said Katherine Wilemon, Founder and CEO of the Foundation. “Collaboration and open communication among stakeholders in the fragmented US healthcare system are vital to informing and delivering optimum care and improving health of the American public.”

More than 1.3 million Americans, or 1 in 250 people, suffer from FH, a genetic disorder that can significantly increase the risk for early heart disease and even death. Often undistinguished from other causes of high cholesterol, FH is under-diagnosed and undertreated. However, with early diagnosis and optimal treatment, the risk for heart disease can be lowered to almost that of the general population.

With these new, more inclusive criteria put into practice by Express Scripts last month, patients with an untreated LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C) equal to or greater than 190 mg/dL whose LDL-cholesterol is still over 70 mg/dL on maximally tolerated statins plus Zetia will qualify for prior authorization for a prescribed PCSK9 inhibitor. Other diagnostic criteria to better define the condition of FH were also added. Keep Reading

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