IMPORTANT THERAPEUTICSMD, INC. INVESTOR REMINDER: Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP reminds investors that a securities class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against…

Lead Plaintiff Deadline is June 16, 2017

NEW YORK, May 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP announces that a class action complaint was filed against TherapeuticsMD, Inc. (NYSE MKT:TXMD) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, on behalf of all purchasers of TherapeuticsMD securities between July 7, 2016 and April 9, 2017, inclusive (“Class Period”).

Investors who have incurred losses in TherapeuticsMD, Inc. shares are urged to contact the firm immediately at classmember@whafh.com or (800) 575-0735 or (212) 545-4774. You may obtain additional information concerning the action on our website, www.whafh.com. 

If   you   have   purchased TherapeuticsMD, Inc. shares and would like to assist with the litigation process as a lead plaintiff, you may, no   later   than June 16, 2017, request that the Court appoint you lead plaintiff of the proposed class.

According to the filed complaint, on July 7, 2016, the company announced that it had filed its New Drug Application („NDA”) for TX-004HR with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration („FDA”) seeking approval of TX-004HR for the treatment of moderate to severe dyspareunia. The company subsequently stated that it was making excellent progress and that it was encouraged by its positive pivotal Phase 3 Rejoice Trial designed to assess the safety and efficacy of TX-004HR. The complaint further alleges that the company failed to inform investors that its NDA submission was deficient and was not supported by the complete TX-004HR clinical program, which would likely cause a delay of the FDA’s potential approval of the NDA.

On April 10, 2017, TherapeuticsMD issued a press release revealing that, as part of its ongoing review of the NDA, the FDA „identified deficiencies that preclude discussion of labeling and postmarketing requirements/commitments at this time.” The company further stated that the letter did not specify the deficiencies and that the company was not aware of the nature of the deficiencies. TherapeuticsMD noted that the FDA had previously set a target date of April 9, 2017, for communicating to the company proposed labeling and postmarketing requirements and commitments.

On this news, TherapeuticsMD’s stock fell $1.50 per share, or nearly 20%, to close at $6.20 per share on April 10, 2017.

Wolf Haldenstein has extensive experience in the prosecution of securities class actions and derivative litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts across the country.  The firm has attorneys in various practice areas; and offices in New York, Chicago and San Diego.  The reputation and expertise of this firm in shareholder and other class litigation has been repeatedly recognized by the courts, which have appointed it to major positions in complex securities multi-district and consolidated litigation.

If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions regarding your rights and interests in this case, please immediately contact Wolf Haldenstein by telephone at (800) 575-0735, via e-mail at classmember@whafh.com, or visit our website at www.whafh.com.

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Promise Technology’s VTrak A-Class and E5000 Series of Storage Solutions Now Certified with MXFserver

/EINPresswire.com/ — MILPITAS, CA–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – Leading storage solutions provider Promise Technology today announced that its VTrak A-Class and VTrak E5000 storage solutions have been certified with MXFserver for collaborative video editing.

As video production is transitioning to UHD/4K, storage system performance is becoming a bottleneck for many workflows. Industry-renowned for delivering high-performance file sharing for nearly all aspects of media and entertainment at a fraction of the cost of its competitors, Promise’s VTrak Series is equipped to handle the delivery of video streaming and content distribution at higher bandwidths. With the addition of MXFserver’s middleware, users have the ability to run high-end editing systems including Avid®, Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Final Cut Pro®, and DaVinci Resolve®.

Promise’s VTrak Series is a full-featured, affordable, enterprise-level storage system with the scalability (performance and capacity) needed to meet the demands of Near-Line Editing (NLE). The VTrak Series is fully redundant with active-active controllers, power supplies, and cooling units to provide continuous data availability and operation. Additionally, the solutions provide scalability for application-agnostic video editing workflows, simplified data management, and robust data protection at a reduced total cost of ownership IT managers can deploy the configuration with 6/12 Gb SAS/SATA hard drives and SSDs to optimize key enterprise applications performance with reduced latency.

MXFserver offers a virtual filesystem for rich media making the workflow fast and secure. The addition of MXFserver to a post-production workflow enables the organization of video editing processes such as ingest, collaborative editing, color grading, audio post, MAM integration, archiving and remote editing.

„We are pleased to certify Promise’s VTrak Series with MXFserver,” noted Pieter Hornix, CTO of FP development for MXFserver. „Together, the two offerings maximize the performance, availability, and utilization of NLEs by enabling users to collaborate. This makes for simple, faster video editing and supports bin-locked access.”

„Promise has been working closely with MXFserver for years to bring our customers additional capabilities to meet the bandwidth and storage requirements for total collaboration,” noted Vijay Char, president, Promise Technology USA. „With the VTrak Series now certified with MXFserver, customers can seamlessly integrate our solutions with MXFserver for a superior level of compatibility and optimized performance.”

For more information, visit www.promise.com and follow Promise Technology on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About MXFserver
MXFserver is a software only total solution for film, broadcast, VR & post-production. With MXFserver Editors experience the freedom to open projects in different editing systems simultaneously. Media & ICT Managers can have the best and most secure performance with their storage of choice. Production-teams work (in-house, remote or on the set) more efficient with our additional tools like our MediaBrowser, Remote Desktop Editing, VR-workflow, Task-X, Meta-Creator or the DIT-box. Read all about MXFserver at: http://www.mxfserver.com.

About Promise Technology
Promise Technology is a recognized global leader with 30 years of experience in the storage industry. Promise creates innovative solutions tailored to the unique needs of the IoT, Cloud, IT, Rich Media and Surveillance markets. From personal cloud appliances, to scalable enterprise IT Infrastructure, blazingly fast post-production tools, video security solutions and hyperconverged systems, Promise adapts its products to meet the real-world challenges customers face every day. Promise’s highly experienced sales and engineering teams are strategically located throughout the Americas, EMEA, and JAPAC regions to provide unparalleled services and support to its customers around the globe. For more information, visit: www.promise.com.

Brocade Wins „Marketing Campaign, Large Company” in Prestigious 2017 Marketers That Matter Awards

/EINPresswire.com/ — SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that it has won „Marketing Campaign, Large Company” in the prestigious 2017 Marketers That Matter Awards. Brocade was also a finalist in the „Transformation Journey, Large Company” category. The Marketers That Matter® (MTM) Awards honor exceptional marketing teams for applying innovative strategies and execution that generate tangible business results. The awards are judged by an elite panel of chief executive officers and chief marketing officers from leading companies such as Clif Bar, Google Cloud, Old Navy, Sephora, Visa, and Zillow. Executives gathered on May 18 for the MTM Gala to honor the finalists and announce the winners.

Marketing Campaign Award
The MTM Marketing Campaign Award recognizes a marketing leader and team for a one-time campaign or initiative that demonstrates exceptional creativity and innovation while creating buzz to attract new customers, enhancing brand perception, and driving sales. The 2017 award finalists were Brocade, Cisco, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, and The Clorox Company-Brita. Brocade won for its „On Second Thought” campaign, which made innovative use of cartoons and humor to better position the company in the market, alongside more established competitors with much stronger market presence. Poking fun at the absurdities of everyday life in networking endeared Brocade to new and old audiences, beating business-to-business (B2B) technology industry benchmarks for social media engagement by three to ten times. Moreover, LinkedIn recognized the campaign as its highest-performing B2B campaign ever, based on engagement rate.

„To stand out in a crowded space with an extremely limited budget, we needed a fresh and bold approach to generate awareness among our customers and potential customers,” said Vasu Jakkal, vice president, corporate marketing, Brocade. „Our ‚On Second Thought’ campaign engaged the market directly with authentic, smart, funny, and provocative messages using cartoons that people would immediately recognize as part of their daily life as networking professionals. We are deeply honored that the program, and the outstanding work of the talented Brocade team, has been recognized as the top marketing campaign by Marketers That Matter.”

„This year’s Marketers that Matter Award Finalists embody what the program stands for: innovative marketers creating results,” said Cara France, The Sage Group, CEO. „These 34 ground breaking marketing teams are blazing a trail other marketers can follow and learn from.”

The Brocade marketing team behind the campaign included Christine Heckart, Vasu Jakkal, Shelby Khan, Eric Gaither, Ed Graczyk, Jason McClellan, Maria Pavlick, Daria Storojev, Min Wang, Doug Wesolek, Brian Yoshida, and Olivia Zhou–along with creative and agency support from Ogilvy & Mather.

About Brocade
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today’s era of digital business. (www.brocade.com)

© 2017 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

These products and features and their availability are subject to change at the sole discretion of Brocade, and Brocade shall have no liability for delay in the delivery or failure to deliver any of the products or features described herein.

Brocade, the B-wing symbol, and MyBrocade are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. Other brands, product names, or service names mentioned of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. are listed at www.brocade.com/en/legal/brocade-Legal-intellectual-property/brocade-legal-trademarks.html. Other marks may belong to third parties.

Brocade Wins „Marketing Campaign, Large Company” in Prestigious 2017 Marketers That Matter Awards

/EINPresswire.com/ — SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that it has won „Marketing Campaign, Large Company” in the prestigious 2017 Marketers That Matter Awards. Brocade was also a finalist in the „Transformation Journey, Large Company” category. The Marketers That Matter® (MTM) Awards honor exceptional marketing teams for applying innovative strategies and execution that generate tangible business results. The awards are judged by an elite panel of chief executive officers and chief marketing officers from leading companies such as Clif Bar, Google Cloud, Old Navy, Sephora, Visa, and Zillow. Executives gathered on May 18 for the MTM Gala to honor the finalists and announce the winners.

Marketing Campaign Award
The MTM Marketing Campaign Award recognizes a marketing leader and team for a one-time campaign or initiative that demonstrates exceptional creativity and innovation while creating buzz to attract new customers, enhancing brand perception, and driving sales. The 2017 award finalists were Brocade, Cisco, Esurance, Kaiser Permanente, and The Clorox Company-Brita. Brocade won for its „On Second Thought” campaign, which made innovative use of cartoons and humor to better position the company in the market, alongside more established competitors with much stronger market presence. Poking fun at the absurdities of everyday life in networking endeared Brocade to new and old audiences, beating business-to-business (B2B) technology industry benchmarks for social media engagement by three to ten times. Moreover, LinkedIn recognized the campaign as its highest-performing B2B campaign ever, based on engagement rate.

„To stand out in a crowded space with an extremely limited budget, we needed a fresh and bold approach to generate awareness among our customers and potential customers,” said Vasu Jakkal, vice president, corporate marketing, Brocade. „Our ‚On Second Thought’ campaign engaged the market directly with authentic, smart, funny, and provocative messages using cartoons that people would immediately recognize as part of their daily life as networking professionals. We are deeply honored that the program, and the outstanding work of the talented Brocade team, has been recognized as the top marketing campaign by Marketers That Matter.”

„This year’s Marketers that Matter Award Finalists embody what the program stands for: innovative marketers creating results,” said Cara France, The Sage Group, CEO. „These 34 ground breaking marketing teams are blazing a trail other marketers can follow and learn from.”

The Brocade marketing team behind the campaign included Christine Heckart, Vasu Jakkal, Shelby Khan, Eric Gaither, Ed Graczyk, Jason McClellan, Maria Pavlick, Daria Storojev, Min Wang, Doug Wesolek, Brian Yoshida, and Olivia Zhou–along with creative and agency support from Ogilvy & Mather.

About Brocade
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation. With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today’s era of digital business. (www.brocade.com)

© 2017 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

These products and features and their availability are subject to change at the sole discretion of Brocade, and Brocade shall have no liability for delay in the delivery or failure to deliver any of the products or features described herein.

Brocade, the B-wing symbol, and MyBrocade are registered trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. Other brands, product names, or service names mentioned of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. are listed at www.brocade.com/en/legal/brocade-Legal-intellectual-property/brocade-legal-trademarks.html. Other marks may belong to third parties.

ZOOMPASS Virtual Card Program Enables Latin American (LATAM) Consumers access to US E-Commerce Markets

/EINPresswire.com/ — TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – Zoompass Holdings Inc. („Zoompass” or the „Company”) (OTCQB:ZPAS) is pleased to announce the following update on the Company’s business and information objectives going forward.

Zoompass is pleased to announce that it has been successfully operating a unique virtual card program in Latin America (LATAM) through agreements with companies in Miami and the Dominican Republic to enable e-commerce transactions. This program provides consumers outside the US with the ability to purchase US products online with prepaid cards provided to them virtually on their mobile phone. The program addresses an ongoing issue whereby consumers in LATAM cannot buy most products online from the US without a US address and US credit card. This program allows LATAM consumers virtual credit cards via a mobile push to their phone giving them a US credit card number, expiration and CVV. These programs are being facilitated through courier companies which also provide US addresses and shipping for all products purchased creating a full turnkey solution for consumers. Zoompass plans to expand the program to the rest of LATAM, as well as to other parts of the world that are experiencing the same difficulties purchasing US products online. Statista (www.statista.com) provided statistics on the size of the e-commerce market in Latin America with sales in 2016 at $57 billion USD and projected sales in 2019 to be $84.75 billion USD.

Steve Roberts, President of Zoompass, stated, „This is an illustrative example of making money mobile. We believe our virtual card programs are the way of the future and we are excited to make US products via e-commerce, much more accessible for people all over the world that don’t have the same access. We are positioned well to benefit from and help the growth of the LATAM e-commerce market.”

About Zoompass: Zoompass is a leading financial services technology company with a unique place in the Fintech space as both a financial platform provider with divisions in physical prepaid cards, financing enablement, and mobility products. Zoompass provides businesses and government tailored solutions to help digitize their financial transactions. In the card sector, Zoompass offers complete program management services for a wide range of open loop Visa® and MasterCard® prepaid and virtual card accounts. Zoompass enables businesses to provide their customers with a number of open loop card choices including, gift card, incentive cards, check replacement cards and online virtual card accounts. The company also provides advanced mobile technology, enabling businesses to provide their customers with a white label mobile wallet solution, like Zoompass, with the ability to manage their card balances, bill pay, transfer funds and perform card to card money transfers in real time using their mobile devices. Zoompass’s mobile device division helps carriers and mobile device manufacturers integrate the financial platform technology into their offerings. For more information about Zoompass, visit www.zoompass.com.

Safe Harbor:

From time to time, the Company may issue news releases that contain „forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual financial or operating results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements not to occur or be realized. Forward-looking statements made in this press release generally are based on our best estimates of future results, performances or achievements, predicated upon current conditions and the most recent results of the companies involved and their respective industries. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as „may”, „will”, „could”, „should”, „project”, „expect”, „believe”, „estimate”, „anticipate”, „intend”, „continue”, „potential”, „opportunity” or similar terms, variations of those terms or the negative of those terms or other variations of those terms or comparable words or expressions. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things, such factors as general economic conditions, the fulfillment of sales orders, delivery of product, the impact of legislation and the competition within our industry.

ZOOMPASS Virtual Card Program Enables Latin American (LATAM) Consumers access to US E-Commerce Markets

/EINPresswire.com/ — TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – Zoompass Holdings Inc. („Zoompass” or the „Company”) (OTCQB:ZPAS) is pleased to announce the following update on the Company’s business and information objectives going forward.

Zoompass is pleased to announce that it has been successfully operating a unique virtual card program in Latin America (LATAM) through agreements with companies in Miami and the Dominican Republic to enable e-commerce transactions. This program provides consumers outside the US with the ability to purchase US products online with prepaid cards provided to them virtually on their mobile phone. The program addresses an ongoing issue whereby consumers in LATAM cannot buy most products online from the US without a US address and US credit card. This program allows LATAM consumers virtual credit cards via a mobile push to their phone giving them a US credit card number, expiration and CVV. These programs are being facilitated through courier companies which also provide US addresses and shipping for all products purchased creating a full turnkey solution for consumers. Zoompass plans to expand the program to the rest of LATAM, as well as to other parts of the world that are experiencing the same difficulties purchasing US products online. Statista (www.statista.com) provided statistics on the size of the e-commerce market in Latin America with sales in 2016 at $57 billion USD and projected sales in 2019 to be $84.75 billion USD.

Steve Roberts, President of Zoompass, stated, „This is an illustrative example of making money mobile. We believe our virtual card programs are the way of the future and we are excited to make US products via e-commerce, much more accessible for people all over the world that don’t have the same access. We are positioned well to benefit from and help the growth of the LATAM e-commerce market.”

About Zoompass: Zoompass is a leading financial services technology company with a unique place in the Fintech space as both a financial platform provider with divisions in physical prepaid cards, financing enablement, and mobility products. Zoompass provides businesses and government tailored solutions to help digitize their financial transactions. In the card sector, Zoompass offers complete program management services for a wide range of open loop Visa® and MasterCard® prepaid and virtual card accounts. Zoompass enables businesses to provide their customers with a number of open loop card choices including, gift card, incentive cards, check replacement cards and online virtual card accounts. The company also provides advanced mobile technology, enabling businesses to provide their customers with a white label mobile wallet solution, like Zoompass, with the ability to manage their card balances, bill pay, transfer funds and perform card to card money transfers in real time using their mobile devices. Zoompass’s mobile device division helps carriers and mobile device manufacturers integrate the financial platform technology into their offerings. For more information about Zoompass, visit www.zoompass.com.

Safe Harbor:

From time to time, the Company may issue news releases that contain „forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual financial or operating results, performances or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements not to occur or be realized. Forward-looking statements made in this press release generally are based on our best estimates of future results, performances or achievements, predicated upon current conditions and the most recent results of the companies involved and their respective industries. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as „may”, „will”, „could”, „should”, „project”, „expect”, „believe”, „estimate”, „anticipate”, „intend”, „continue”, „potential”, „opportunity” or similar terms, variations of those terms or the negative of those terms or other variations of those terms or comparable words or expressions. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among other things, such factors as general economic conditions, the fulfillment of sales orders, delivery of product, the impact of legislation and the competition within our industry.

Governing & Living Cities Announce High-Performing Cities From the Inaugural Equipt To Innovate(TM) Survey

/EINPresswire.com/ — PHOENIX, AZ–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – Governing today announced the top-ranking cities of the first-ever national Equipt to Innovate™ survey.

Equipt to Innovate is a new initiative launched by Living Cities and Governing. It is an integrated, collaborative framework of seven essential elements that define high-performance government and empower innovation. It is also an invitation for cities to work together, learn from each other and help drive better outcomes for their communities. The seven Equipt elements are: Dynamically Planned; Broadly Partnered; Resident-Involved; Race-Informed; Smartly Resourced; Employee-Engaged; and Data-Driven.

Cities from across the country participated in the inaugural 2016 Equipt survey, assessing their capacity and competence in these seven key areas.

Based on the results of an inaugural survey and analysis, we are pleased to name the city of Phoenix, Arizona the Top Performing City Overall.

In recognition of innovative and effective practices in city management and citizen service delivery, we are also pleased to recognize other cities as Top 10 Performers Overall:

  • El Paso, TX
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Louisville, KY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Riverside, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Antonio, TX

„The Equipt framework gives us a way to look at cities in a multidimensional way,” says Mark Funkhouser, publisher of Governing. „Cities that perform well across the seven elements are able to adapt to and even anticipate the next challenge.”

Equipt is also naming Top Ranking Cities in each of its core categories

  • Fayetteville, NC – Dynamically Planned
  • Las Vegas, NV – Broadly Partnered
  • Albuquerque, NM – Resident-Involved
  • Seattle, WA – Race-Informed
  • El Paso, TX – Smartly Resourced
  • San Antonio, TX – Employee-Engaged
  • Kansas City, MO – Data-Driven

„People are increasingly looking to local government for solutions that address the nation’s biggest challenges,” says Steven Bosacker, principal for Public Sector and Partnerships at Living Cities. „By submitting to a rigorous examination of their competencies in these seven areas, city leaders across the country are proving how dedicated they are to establishing high-performing administrations that respond to the needs of their communities.”

The top-ranking city in each category — along with the top 10 overall high-performing cities — were highlighted today at the 2017 Summit on Government Performance & Innovation, an annual gathering of 250+ innovators, public sector change-agents, disrupters and civic entrepreneurs from around the country interested in making government work better for local communities.

For a comprehensive overview of the survey findings and a discussion of how cities fared across the categories, download the report „Becoming a High-Performing City: A Benchmark Study” at www.governing.com/equipt.

About Governing:

Governing covers politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. Recognized as the most credible and authoritative voice in its field, Governing provides non-partisan news, insight and analysis on budget and finance; transportation and infrastructure; workforce and economic development; health and human services and more.

Governing is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

About Living Cities:

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 18 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to develop and scale new approaches for creating opportunities for low-income people and improving the cities where they live. Its investments, research, networks, and convenings catalyze fresh thinking and combine support for innovative, local approaches with real-time sharing of learning to accelerate adoption in more places. Additional information can be found at www.livingcities.org.

Governing & Living Cities Announce High-Performing Cities From the Inaugural Equipt To Innovate(TM) Survey

/EINPresswire.com/ — PHOENIX, AZ–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – Governing today announced the top-ranking cities of the first-ever national Equipt to Innovate™ survey.

Equipt to Innovate is a new initiative launched by Living Cities and Governing. It is an integrated, collaborative framework of seven essential elements that define high-performance government and empower innovation. It is also an invitation for cities to work together, learn from each other and help drive better outcomes for their communities. The seven Equipt elements are: Dynamically Planned; Broadly Partnered; Resident-Involved; Race-Informed; Smartly Resourced; Employee-Engaged; and Data-Driven.

Cities from across the country participated in the inaugural 2016 Equipt survey, assessing their capacity and competence in these seven key areas.

Based on the results of an inaugural survey and analysis, we are pleased to name the city of Phoenix, Arizona the Top Performing City Overall.

In recognition of innovative and effective practices in city management and citizen service delivery, we are also pleased to recognize other cities as Top 10 Performers Overall:

  • El Paso, TX
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Louisville, KY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Riverside, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Antonio, TX

„The Equipt framework gives us a way to look at cities in a multidimensional way,” says Mark Funkhouser, publisher of Governing. „Cities that perform well across the seven elements are able to adapt to and even anticipate the next challenge.”

Equipt is also naming Top Ranking Cities in each of its core categories

  • Fayetteville, NC – Dynamically Planned
  • Las Vegas, NV – Broadly Partnered
  • Albuquerque, NM – Resident-Involved
  • Seattle, WA – Race-Informed
  • El Paso, TX – Smartly Resourced
  • San Antonio, TX – Employee-Engaged
  • Kansas City, MO – Data-Driven

„People are increasingly looking to local government for solutions that address the nation’s biggest challenges,” says Steven Bosacker, principal for Public Sector and Partnerships at Living Cities. „By submitting to a rigorous examination of their competencies in these seven areas, city leaders across the country are proving how dedicated they are to establishing high-performing administrations that respond to the needs of their communities.”

The top-ranking city in each category — along with the top 10 overall high-performing cities — were highlighted today at the 2017 Summit on Government Performance & Innovation, an annual gathering of 250+ innovators, public sector change-agents, disrupters and civic entrepreneurs from around the country interested in making government work better for local communities.

For a comprehensive overview of the survey findings and a discussion of how cities fared across the categories, download the report „Becoming a High-Performing City: A Benchmark Study” at www.governing.com/equipt.

About Governing:

Governing covers politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders. Recognized as the most credible and authoritative voice in its field, Governing provides non-partisan news, insight and analysis on budget and finance; transportation and infrastructure; workforce and economic development; health and human services and more.

Governing is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

About Living Cities:

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 18 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to develop and scale new approaches for creating opportunities for low-income people and improving the cities where they live. Its investments, research, networks, and convenings catalyze fresh thinking and combine support for innovative, local approaches with real-time sharing of learning to accelerate adoption in more places. Additional information can be found at www.livingcities.org.

National Lipid Association Releases Results of Survey on Barriers to PCSK9 Inhibitor Prescription Approval Process

/EINPresswire.com/ — JACKSONVILLE, FL–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – The National Lipid Association (NLA) released on Wednesday the results of its survey on the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitor prescription approval process.

The survey and the analysis of the findings was led by corresponding author Jerome Cohen, M.D. (Professor Emeritus, St. Louis University) and co-authored by Mark Cziraky, Pharm.D. (Research Department, HealthCore, Inc.), Terry Jacobson, M.D. (Department of Medicine, Emory University), Kevin Maki, Ph.D. (Midwest Biomedical Research, Center for Metabolic and Cardiovascular Health) and Dean Karalis, M.D. (Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania).

Recent findings from clinical trials have shown PCSK9 therapy lowers LDL-cholesterol in addition to lowering atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events. In 2016, the NLA conducted an online survey to assess the barriers and challenges experienced in the PCSK9 inhibitor prescription approval process.

„The findings of this survey will help healthcare providers who take care of high-risk lipid patients gain approval for this new effective PCSK9 inhibitor drug class,” Cohen said. „Our findings are significant in that they showed us there are a number things that healthcare providers can do (to get PCSK9 inhibitor prescriptions approved), which is really paying close attention to documentation of the patient’s clinical history. That includes documentation of the underlying disease, ASCVD or FH, documentation of recent lipid levels and documentation of the trial of statin therapy.”

The survey, which received a response from 434 healthcare workers with extensive experience in treating patients with lipid disorders, showed healthcare providers encounter significant barriers to PCSK9 inhibitor prescriptions. According to the survey data, major barriers to approvals were insurer processes, inadequate documentation and administrative burden.

„The survey results confirm there is a common problem with denials of PCSK9 inhibitors,” Cohen said. „There are opportunities for providers to improve the initial denial rate. We’ve created a checklist based on results of the survey for healthcare providers to follow when seeking approval.”

The full manuscript can be read online in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology at lipidjournal.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL LIPID ASSOCIATION
The NLA is a multidisciplinary specialty society focused on prevention of cardiovascular disease and other lipid-related disorders. The NLA’s mission is to enhance the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine, and one of its goals is to enhance efforts to reduce death and disability related to disorders of lipid metabolism in patients. Members include physicians (MDs and DOs), as well as clinical team affiliates, from an array of disciplines including PhD researchers, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, and dietitians.

PCSK9 Inhibitors Survey Findings Infographic Download (www.lipid.org/sites/default/files/files/NLA_PSCK9_Survey_Infographic_Print.pdf)
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Retail sales remain positive in Michigan

/EINPresswire.com/ — LANSING, MI–(Marketwired – May 24, 2017) – Michigan retailers expect more of the same after posting positive retail sales during April, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

More than half of retailers posted year-over-year sales increases during April and nearly three-quarters expect gains through mid-summer.

„Our index has been in positive territory the past three months, up significantly since January’s slow start to the year,” said MRA President and CEO James P. Hallan.

„Consumers are responding to the good spring weather and Michigan’s economy continues to show improvement. The state’s unemployment rate fell by three percentage points last month.”

The Michigan Retail Index survey for April found 51 percent of the state’s retailers increased sales over the same month last year, while 32 percent recorded declines and 17 percent reported no change. The results create a seasonally adjusted performance index of 54.5, down from 57.4 in March but still above the important 50 mark.

The 100-point index gauges the performance of the state’s overall retail industry, based on monthly surveys conducted by MRA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch. Index values above 50 generally indicate positive activity; the higher the number, the stronger the activity.

Looking forward, 72 percent of Michigan retailers expect sales during May-July to increase over the same period last year, while 11 percent project a decrease and 17 percent no change. That puts the seasonally adjusted outlook index at 74.3, down from 84.0 in March but well above the 50 level.

Nationally, retail sales excluding autos and gasoline, rose by 0.3 percent in April, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Note: William Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, can be reached at 312.322.8151.

Michigan Retail Index
April 2017 results
(2016 Index figures are available at https://www.retailers.com/news-events/michigan-retail-index/)

April Performance
Retailers reporting increased, decreased or unchanged sales, inventory, prices, promotions and hiring compared to the same month a year ago
(numbers in parentheses indicate March results)

    % Increased   % Decreased   % No Change   Index*   Responses
Sales   51 (43)   32 (34)   17 (23)   54.5 (57.4)   66 (67)
Inventory   44 (33)   21 (19)   35 (48)   54.1 (54.1)   66 (67)
Prices   15 (8)   6 (9)   79 (83)   53.2 (48.4)   66 (65)
Promotions   22 (17)   1 (4)   77 (79)   60.1 (56.8)   66 (66)
Hiring   15 (9)   5 (2)   80 (89)   55.0 (55.1)   64 (64)

Outlook for Next 3 Months
Retailers expecting increased, decreased or unchanged sales, inventory, prices, promotions and hiring compared to the same period a year ago
(numbers in parentheses indicate March results)

    % Increased   % Decreased   % No Change   Index*   Responses
Sales   72 (80)   11 (5)   17 (15)   74.3 (84.0)   65 (64)
Inventory   48 (49)   23 (23)   29 (28)   56.5 (55.5)   65 (65)
Prices   20 (27)   4 (1)   76 (72)   57.4 (62.6)   67 (67)
Promotions   50 (46)   2 (3)   48 (51)   73.9 (69.8)   67 (67)
Hiring   32 (34)   5 (2)   63 (64)   59.6 (63.3)   67 (67)

April Sales Performance & Outlook for Next 3 Months, by Region
(the first number indicates sales performance for the month; the number in parentheses indicates outlook for the next three months)

    % Increased   % Decreased   % No Change
North   46 (77)   31 (15)   23 (8)
West   58 (84)   21 (0)   21 (16)
Central   10 (56)   50 (11)   40 (33)
East   0 (100)   100 (0)   0 (0)
Southeast   65 (60)   35 (20)   0 (20)

*Seasonally adjusted diffusion index. A diffusion index, which is the sum of the percent of respondents indicating increase and half the percent indicating no change, is calculated and then seasonally adjusted using the U.S. Census Bureau’s X-11 Seasonal Adjustment procedure. Index values above 50 generally indicate an increase in activity, while values below 50 indicate a decrease.