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Pharma Is at Home in the Heartland

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, April 22, 2016

Kansas City is one of the 15 largest U.S. markets for providing contracted research services to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, a group that is estimated to be generating as much as $39.5 billion a year,” – Twiddy, Kansas City Business Journal. 2012

A thumbtack above Kansas City on a map shows KC is home to CROs and pharmaceutical organizations

To classic movie lovers all over the world, the phrase “There’s no place like home,” evokes the thought of Kansas and the American Midwest. The same could be said of many drug development companies, but not because of the Wizard of Oz. The Midwest, particularly Kansas City, is a growing home for contract research organizations (CROs) and pharmaceutical companies because of the opportunities for collaboration, funding and expansion.

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Medication MATters in Opioid Addiction Treatment

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, April 08, 2016

Pharmacotherapies for opioid addiction, used in concert with behavioral therapies and other recovery support services (commonly referred to as ‘Medication-Assisted Treatment’ or ‘MAT’, have been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of opioid addiction.
American Society of Addiction Medicine. Advancing Access to Addiction Medications: 11

A collection of pills with a stop sign on top represents the treatment of opioid addiction.

The stereotypical addiction recovery involves a circle of current and former addicts talking about their lives. However, this is only one part of addiction, particularly when it comes to opioid addiction. Opioid addiction treatment includes not only behavioral therapy and support groups, but also additional medication. This combination is known as Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT). At least as important as the support groups, though not as well known to the general public, are the medications. Methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone all treat opioid addiction, and naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose.

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