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There is great potential to incorporate trade elements in nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that has not been taken advantage of to date. This blog post argues that decision-makers’ awareness of the advantages of using trade opportunities in supporting the objectives of the Paris Agreement should be increased. There should also be better guidance for drafting future NDCs and the guidelines could describe the opportunities that trade elements offer. Having celebrated the adoption of the Paris Agreement as a historical step, the world must now move to making progress to achieving its goals to hold the increase in global average temperature to “well below 2°C” compared to pre-industrial levels and to “pursue efforts” to limit the increase to 1.5°C, achieving net zero emissions in the second half of this century. Going forward, one key option is to better harness international trade approaches that encourage and support the transformation to a low-carbon economy by incorporating more climate-friendly trade elements into country’s climate contributions. In that context, the UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn and Warsaw can play an essential role. Which opportunities does the inclusion of trade elements in the NDCs entail and how could this be done? Raising awareness on the benefits of incorporating trade elements In the run-up to the Paris negotiations, countries publicly announced their post-2020 climate targets, or intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). These contributions are essential for reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement: the ambition of the climate targets and actions communicated in these contributions, and the extent to which they are implemented, in principle decide whether or not the world achieves the agreement’s long-term goals. More than 190 countries have submitted their INDCs in 2015, of which more and more are being converted into NDCs once a country ratifies the Paris Agreement. In the future, countries will be required to submit updated and more ambitious NDCs every five years. All parties are asked to submit new or updated NDCs by 2020 and every five years after that. In 2018, for the first time, the parties of the UNFCCC will take stock of their collective efforts towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. In the same year, the parties will also inform the preparation of future NDCs, thereby providing more clarity and better guidelines for countries’ submissions. In this context, raising awareness of the benefits of incorporating trade elements represents a tremendous opportunity. International trade flows are central for fostering the availability of climate-friendly technologies and of products with relatively lower levels of embedded carbon at competitive costs and at larger scale. A huge shift to climate-friendly technologies is essential to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement. However, a number of trade barriers undermine their diffusion and deployment. The liberalisation of international trade can thus significantly stimulate the development of this market and increase the spread and affordability of, for instance, clean energy or energy efficiency technologies. In particular, the reduction of trade barriers for environmental goods and services can contribute to climate change goals by facilitating the switch to renewable energy, as well as in improving energy efficiency and thus reducing fossil fuel usage. Moreover, climate-related provisions in trade agreements can act as stimulating framework conditions for decarbonising economic activities. Trade can also help compensate for or adjust to altered productive capacities caused by climate change, for example to ensure access to food or to support economic diversification. Trade-related elements feature frequently in climate contributions under the Paris Agreement. Yet, there is tremendous untapped potential: while around 45 percent of all climate contributions include a direct reference to trade or trade measures, only around 22 percent include trade measures that are specifically geared towards fostering mitigation. There are thus not many direct references to the use of trade measures to foster climate protection, although trade elements offer substantial opportunities for increasing mutual supportiveness between trade and climate objectives. Harnessing the potential of trade to contribute to the aims of the Paris Agreement There are a number of steps that can be taken to increase the potential of trade and trade measures to support climate protection and to foster synergies between the trade and climate regimes. One key option for the pathway forward is to make sure that climate-friendly trade elements are more systematically incorporated into future NDCs. Since trade measures can contribute to combating climate change and to fostering the implementation of the NDCs under the Paris Agreement, in the next NDC cycle of the ratcheting-up mechanism governments should take better account of and make more use of trade elements in their NDCs. Trade measures can significantly complement and leverage emissions abatement and climate change mitigation efforts, above all if they are supported by other domestic policies, regulations and incentives. This potential should be harnessed – and UNFCCC guidance in the context of future NDC cycles can contribute to this endeavour. One reason for the untapped potential of trade elements in the climate contributions so far might be a lack of certainty about what should or could be included in the NDCs. Better guidance by the UNFCCC on how to prepare updated NDCs and more standardised submissions, and more awareness of the potential of trade elements as well as more expertise in that regard, can foster the synergies between trade and climate objectives in future NDC cycles under the Paris Agreement. Moreover, trade opportunities in future NDCs can be taken up more systematically if countries are aware of the various potential trade elements and related opportunities through a trade measures “toolbox.” For example, low-carbon markets can offer new trade opportunities and help countries gain market shares. Against this background, national assessment of specific trade opportunities can help in the design of tailor-made trade elements. For instance, conducting national assessments of the sectors with potential comparative advantage can be helpful in leveraging export opportunities. In sum, trade elements that facilitate co-benefits should feature more prominently in future NDCs. Decision-makers’ awareness of the advantages of using trade opportunities in the NDCs should be increased. There should also be better guidance for drafting future NDCs and the guidelines should describe the opportunities that trade elements offer. Overall, there is considerable room for a stronger emphasis on climate-friendly trade elements, especially among the major emitters and exporters of embedded carbon. This would ultimately help achieve the aims of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, contributing to a more sustainable future for all. This article is derived from the paper Trade Elements in Countries’ Contributions under the Paris Agreement authored by Clara Brandi and published by ICTSD. Dr Clara Brandi is a Senior Researcher and Project Leader at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

NDC's Founder and CEO, Mihailo Temali says, "for over 24 years, NDC has developed an approach of economic development that builds on the assets and determination of residents to increase their own wealth and rebuild their neighborhoods from within. Each city in the Alliance has its own unique challenges, but that allows us to learn from each other and adjust the NDC approach as each city sees fit." Efforts will focus on increasing the capacity of Alliance cities to create a complete eco-system of entrepreneurship within inner-city low-income and predominately minority and immigrant neighborhoods to include business training, business services, risk-tolerant lending, and real estate activities. In addition, the Alliance will benefit from peer-learning, coaching and program tool development, and an evaluation process. Current cities and organizations in the Alliance are Syracuse, NY, through CenterState Corporation for Economic Development; Philadelphia, PA, through Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and FINANTA; Wilmington, DE, through West End Neighborhood House; and Detroit, MI, through Prosper US and Southwest Solutions. West End Neighborhood House just celebrated their first training classes, Launcher, with a "Shark Tank" event and 24 entrepreneurs. Gov. John Carney and Mayor Mike Purzyck attended the event. About Neighborhood Development Center: NDC is a non-profit, community development financial institution that believes residents of low-income, inner city neighborhoods have entrepreneurial talent and energy that represent powerful assets available to help revitalize communities. NDC provides entrepreneur training, small business lending (and Sharia-acceptable financing), business services and real estate incubators that help our clients start and grow vital small businesses. For more information, visit www.ndc-mn.org. About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-build-from-within-alliance-launches-nationally-to-provide-entrepreneur-focused-services-to-address-concentrated-poverty-300457600.html

News Article | May 22, 2017
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MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CompPharma, LLC a consortium of workers’ compensation pharmacy benefit managers, has published its second research paper on compounding in workers’ compensation. “Compounds in Comp: A New Look at Patient Safety, Efficacy and Cost” can be downloaded at no charge from www.comppharma.com. Written by pharmacists and public affairs professionals working for CompPharma’s member PBMs, the paper examines patient safety, efficacy, quality, and cost issues surrounding compounds in workers’ compensation. “Even topical compounds can be dangerous,” said Lead Author Phil Walls, RPh, Chief Clinical Officer for myMatrixx. “Exposure to high concentrations of local anesthetics found in some compounded creams can cause seizures and irregular heartbeats, and there have been deaths associated with their use.” Authors stress their support of traditional compounding, which FDA defines as “the extemporaneous combining, mixing or altering of ingredients by a pharmacist in response to a physician’s prescription to create a medication tailored to the specialized needs of an individual patient.” Much compounding in workers’ compensation involves creating a compounded product, marketing it to prescribers and billing exorbitant prices. The paper shows how the Average Wholesale Price benchmark has been manipulated to drastically inflate compound prices and outlines state legislative and regulatory controls. One section examines healthcare fraud linked to compounding, including a recent workers’ compensation case involving kickbacks to providers who prescribed compounded creams and pharmacies that mass-produced compound transdermal creams for approximately 13,000 injured employees. “Payers should ask their PBMs to develop strategies to identify all compounds, and policy makers should require pre-authorization on compounds and individual ingredient billing data,” said CompPharma President Joseph Paduda. “And they should not reimburse components that lack a National Drug Code (NDC).” “Compounds in Comp: A New Look at Patient Safety, Efficacy and Cost” was written by Phil Walls, RPh, myMatrixx; Deborah Conlon, RPh, PharmD and Kevin Tribout, Optum Rx; Brigette Nelson, MS, PharmD, Express Scripts; and Nikki Wilson, PharmD, MBA, Coventry. Established by industry consultants Joseph Paduda and Helen Patterson, CompPharma, LLC is a consortium of PBMs active in workers compensation. Member PBMs are Coventry, Express Scripts, Mitchell Pharmacy Solutions, myMatrixx, and OptumRx, More information is available at www.comppharma.com.

News Article | May 17, 2017
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The past weeks have seen something of a storm of protest directed at Bret Stephens of the New York Times, following the publication of his first column for that newspaper which happened to be on climate change. In the article Stephens does note ‘By now I can almost hear the heads exploding’ and that is exactly what happened. While he could have easily avoided some of the petty criticism by not using words such as ‘modest’ to describe the extent of warming over the last century, his somewhat clumsy venture into the world of probability and uncertainty led many commentators to accuse him of climate denial – in fact they labelled him with the very names that he was cautioning were part of the problem with regards public disinterest in the climate issue itself. Stephens had noted; Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating sceptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts. While I don’t subscribe to the way in which Stephens put together his story, he was nevertheless correct in his assertion that ‘much else that passes as accepted fact is really a matter of probabilities’. This issue is also a problem when it comes to discussing mitigation strategies. While it is very clear that the Paris Agreement sets a goal of ‘well below 2°C’ and also challenges society to attempt to limit warming to 1.5°C, the current reality is that the world is not on track for this outcome and none of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) submitted to date are aligned with the ambition that emerged from Paris. Yet there is almost no possibility of discussing the implications of such an outcome for fear in the minds of many that the discussion could become a slippery slope to reduced ambition. So there is a return to the language that Stephens encountered. In my forthcoming book, Putting the Genie Back: Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma, I do actually explore this issue. The discussion emerges from the world of climate probability and uncertainty, which is at the heart of the work of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Unfortunately, the use of a 2°C reference point has now become politically rigid, to the extent that it is hardly possible to explore what the number really means, let alone talk of surpassing it. The most common argument is that if 2°C is passed then society must be on a certain pathway to catastrophe. Talk of catastrophe and hopelessness can distance an audience, exactly the point that Stephens is making. Even the IEA 450 Scenario is based on probability; the mitigation pathway it delivers gives a 50% chance of limiting warming to 2°C; it is far from a guarantee of 2°C success. By contrast, MIT have demonstrated that even a modest attempt to mitigate emissions could profoundly affect the risk profile for equilibrium surface temperature. They looked at five mitigation scenarios (see below), from a ‘do nothing’ approach to a very stringent climate regime (Level 1, akin to a 2ºC case). In the ‘do nothing’ approach, mid-range warming by the end of the century is some 5ºC compared to the late 20th century, but with a wide distribution, which means that there is a small probability of warming up to 8ºC or more – almost certainly a catastrophic outcome even when accounting for the small probability that it might occur. But even modest mitigation efforts, while not shifting the mid-range sufficiently for an outcome close to 2ºC, nevertheless radically changes the shape of the distribution curve such that the spread narrows considerably, with the highest impact outcome dropping by almost 5ºC. As mitigation effort increases and the mid-range approaches 2ºC, the distribution narrows further such that the highest possible outcome is limited to 3ºC (more like the IEA 450 case). This is not an argument for limiting the global effort to modest mitigation, but recognition that if modest mitigation is the best that can ultimately be achieved, the risk reduction it delivers has very high value to society. It also highlights that a singular focus on a very difficult-to-achieve goal can be counter-productive if it results in a breakdown of the efforts that deliver a less ambitious outcome. Some thought along these lines may be required as the current US Administration ponders the Paris Agreement. Perhaps a more pragmatic discussion about effort and outcomes would also garner more interest from a broader swathe of society and offer renewed interest in climate change for the 64% of Americans who Stephens notes do not care ‘a great deal‘ about the subject.

News Article | February 15, 2017
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PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 15, 2017) - Adaptive Insights, the only pure-play cloud vendor to be named a leader in strategic corporate performance management (CPM), today announced record achievements from 2016, capping a year of corporate, partner, and customer milestones for the company and the broader cloud CPM industry. Reaching the $80 million revenue threshold in 2016, Adaptive Insights continued its strong performance in the growing cloud CPM market. Also in 2016, Adaptive Insights was the only cloud-only vendor named a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Strategic Corporate Performance Management Solutions report*. "Our growth and expansion over the past year is a testament to the value our customers realize after adopting an active planning approach for their businesses," said Tom Bogan, CEO of Adaptive Insights. "As more and more organizations move their infrastructure to the cloud, we are seeing a significant demand for cloud planning solutions that are simultaneously easy to use, powerful, and fast. Today, we have thousands of customers using the Adaptive Suite to engage in a truly collaborative planning process, and we are committed to ensuring that our products and services continue to meet these growing demands as our company continues to scale." Key to the company's strong performance in 2016 were new customers, ranging from midsize and nonprofit organizations to Fortune 500 organizations. Notable additions to the company's global customer list in 2016 include Arizona Diamondbacks, Delta Plastics of the South, LLC., Hulu, Inc., National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, NDC Inc., NetMotion Software, New York Mets, Oakland Raiders, and Powdr Corporation. "We selected Adaptive Insights because it is fast and powerful, and we successfully implemented Adaptive Insights across our finance team and business partners because it is so intuitive and easy to use," said Brad MacDonald, senior director of finance, T2 Biosystems. "Our ability to rapidly adjust complex models and make changes to our plans and forecasts in real-time provides a significant competitive advantage for our company. Our finance team is tasked with greater corporate management responsibility and, with Adaptive Insights, we are able to meet these new challenges head on." Additional 2016 Highlights In addition to strong customer growth, Adaptive Insights achieved significant milestones and accolades in 2016, including: Expanding Partner Network The company continues to expand its global partner network, which now boasts five of the top 10 firms on the Inside Public IPA 100 list of top US accounting firms and 22 of Accounting Today's 2016 VAR 100 list. New partners such as Moss Adams, Grant Thornton LLP, and Clifton Larson Allen, join over 200 partners including Armanino, CohnReznick, Deloitte, Intacct, Miagen, NetSuite, PowerHealth Solutions, and others. Industry Recognition The company's significant achievements over 2016 recognize both the company's leadership and pioneering role in the cloud CPM arena. Notable achievements include: Expanded Executive Leadership Team, Board Over the past year, Adaptive Insights' executive leadership team scaled along with the company, completing an expansion plan announced in early 2016. Key hires added throughout 2016 include Jim Johnson, chief financial officer; Bhaskar Himatsingka, chief product officer; Michael Schmitt, chief marketing officer; and Fred Gewant, chief revenue officer, all reporting to Bogan. Additionally, the company appointed Mark Templeton, former Citrix CEO, to its board of directors to provide additional expertise with high-growth, large-scale business models. About Adaptive Insights  Adaptive Insights is the recognized leader in cloud corporate performance management (CPM). The company's Adaptive Suite enables organizations to collaboratively plan and model, easily access real-time analytics, streamline complex reporting, and accelerate financial consolidation. With this best-practice active planning process, Adaptive Insights helps more than 3,000 global customers drive business success using its cloud-based platform. Customers ranging from midsize companies and nonprofits to large enterprises benefit from the company's powerful, fast, and easy platform. Adaptive Insights is a privately held company with headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. To learn more, visit adaptiveinsights.com. *"Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Strategic Corporate Performance Management Solutions," by Christopher Iervolino and John E. Van Decker, May 31, 2016. **"The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Performance Management, Q4 2016" by Paul D. Hamerman with Christopher Andrews, Joseph Miller, October 6, 2016.

News Article | February 15, 2017
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JR Technologies has entered into an agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to design, develop, host, and operate the IATA Financial Gateway (IFG) payment solution - a turn-key information technology solution by IATA that will simplify the travel services suppliers shopping-to-cash process. IFG introduces a universal payment gateway allowing members to manage and optimize their diverse sales payment processes through a single global platform regardless of their network, business partners and distribution channels. The solution is fully integrated with the Weblink for agency sales reporting to the IATA Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP), further facilitating the early adoption by airlines, GDS, and travel agencies. JR Technologies was selected by IATA for its track record in innovation and continuous delivery of high quality services in a cost-effective manner. Through its strategic partnership with JR Technologies, IATA will have access to intellectual knowledge in line with leading best industry practices and benefit from continuous improvement in services and reduction of IATA's associated costs. JR Technologies specializes in NDC-enabled airline retailing solutions. The transition into a modern airline retailing model requires a solid payment gateway that expands the scope of airline transactions to include products and services from across the value chain. "This is a win-win situation for the entire industry," said George Khairallah, President of JR Technologies. "Our commitment to airlines and all travel suppliers is to continually offer innovative solutions at a speed to match the constantly evolving marketplace. Travel suppliers expect nothing less and that's what IFG and JR Technologies will deliver." "The IATA Financial Gateway will offer an innovative and cost efficient solution to address the airlines' payment challenges through their different distribution channels. It will help them optimize their payment processes and facilitate acceptance of different forms of payments including the BSP agency sales settlement through a single global platform," said Aleks Popovich, IATA Senior Vice President, Financial and Distribution Services. "IATA's objective, with the support of JR Technologies, is to go beyond the scope of airlines. This in turn will trigger cost efficiency, improve risk management and maximize resources to bring cost-saving benefits for the entire industry," added Aleks Popovich. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world's airlines, representing some 265 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. IATA supports many areas of aviation activity and helps to formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. JR Technologies is a thought leader in airline retailing and New Distribution Capabilities (NDC). Established in 2015 in Chania, on the Island of Crete, the JR Technologies Innovation Center is dedicated to supporting NDC adoption and boasts rapid prototyping and R&D capabilities unparalleled in the travel industry. With its locations in Athens (Greece), and Dublin (Ireland), JR Technologies offers end-to-end NDC enabled airline retailing solutions that support both direct and indirect distribution. For more information, please contact:

News Article | February 23, 2017
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WICHITA, KS, February 23, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- KeyCentrix, LLC announced on Tuesday a partnership with myDataMart by FDS. KeyCentrix and FDS have integrated myDataMart, the leading-edge business intelligence tool for pharmacies, into New Leaf Rx pharmacy software. myDataMart is the comprehensive tool that empowers pharmacies to thrive in today's competitive market. By providing a deeper look into each pharmacy's data, myDataMart can help better manage pharmacy operations and increase profits. New Leaf Rx by KeyCentrix is advanced pharmacy software with an exception-driven workflow to advance pharmacy practice. With robust reporting functionality built into New Leaf Rx, including stock reports, a Query tool, and a SQL-database, the addition of myDataMart incorporates additional easy-to-use interactive dashboards and transactional reports to help further measure performances and opportunities. The powerful business analytics that myDataMart provides will help enhance each pharmacy's impact on patient care and improve opportunities to increase profits. "The importance of data in the pharmacy industry is so great, it's immeasurable," stated Elie Khalife, KeyCentrix President. "One of KeyCentrix's principle outcomes is to provide access to critical data for operational excellence, and the partnership with FDS allows us to build on that promise to our customers." myDataMart allows users to compare the best NDCs for dispensing to maximize profits, identify questionable claims in seconds, and identify patients for outreach who filled at your pharmacy and did not return. Users also have the ability to track patients who refilled late or not at all, including maintenance medication users who impact Star Ratings. Easily pinpoint, in detail, the most frequently dispensed medications and the overall financial impact each NDC makes on the pharmacy, track fills returned to stock by patient or by drug, and identify CMS Star Ratings, non-adherent patients and more with a variety of compliance-focused reports. "We are excited to work with the team at KeyCentrix to offer myDataMart to their growing customer base. KeyCentrix and FDS are dedicated to helping community pharmacies compete and succeed in today's pharmacy marketplace," said Rich Bukovinsky, EVP Business Development for FDS, Inc. New Leaf Rx and myDataMart customers can immediately take advantage of this integration. About KeyCentrix KeyCentrix is dedicated to the pharmacy industry by offering best in class technology, thought leadership, solutions consulting, and hands-on support ensuring our customers are equipped with solutions to advance pharmacy practice. Our pharmacy management systems, RxKey and New Leaf Rx, along with our integrated flexTRAX Point of Sale, offer a complete solution for your pharmacy. For more information on KeyCentrix products or services, please visit: http://www.keycentrix.com. About FDS FDS offers professional, comprehensive and affordable business solutions that immediately impact pharmacy profitability by providing tools to manage patients, third party receivables, Star Ratings, immunization opportunities, MTM cases and much, much more. FDS' leading edge business analytics tools are simple to use but provide a robust array of dashboards and graphical reports to make your data meaningful and useful. FDS products and services help pharmacies and managed care organizations connect with their patients 24 hours a day, analyze and better understand their business, while also offering population health management tools. For additional information or to request a demonstration, please visit our website at http://www.fdsrx.com or call us at (877) 602-4179. Contact Information: KeyCentrix Sales sales@keycentrix.com KeyCentrix, LLC 2420 N. Woodlawn, Bldg. #500 Wichita, KS 67220 (316) 262-2231 http://www.keycentrix.com FDS Sales sales1@fdsrx.com (877) 602-4179 http://www.FDSrx.com

DUBLIN, Feb. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Endo International plc (NASDAQ / TSX: ENDP) today announced that one of its operating companies, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is voluntarily recalling one lot of Edex® (alprostadil for injection) 10 mcg to the consumer level. This product recall is due to the detection by Endo of a defect in the crimp caps used in the manufacture of the subject product lot. This defect has the potential to lead to a loss of container closure integrity, which could impact the product's sterility assurance and may lead to serious adverse events such as infections, both localized at the site of injection and systemically. To date, Endo has not received adverse event reports related to this recall. Edex® (alprostadil for injection) is a prescription only intracavernous injection indicated for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction. The recall applies to the 10 mcg strength, packaged in a 2 pack carton, (NDC 52244-010-02), product lot number 207386, Expiration Date: May 2019 (see photographs of packaged product within). The affected lot was distributed from December 13, 2016 through February 13, 2017 to wholesale distributors and retail pharmacies throughout the United States. The lot number can be found on the manufacturer's unit. Consumers who are unsure if they have the affected lot number should consult their pharmacist or health care professional. Consumers in possession of any unused prescribed Edex® 10 mcg product bearing lot number 207386 should immediately discontinue use of the product and return the unused product by following the instructions below: Pharmacists and wholesalers are asked to check their inventories for lot number 207386, segregate any impacted inventory and contact Inmar at extension #1 at 1-800-967-5952, Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST) or via e-mail at rxrecalls@inmar.com for instructions on product return. Pharmacists who have dispensed impacted product are asked to notify their patients of this recall. Pharmacies and wholesalers that received lot number 207386 will receive a letter as well as a copy of this press release with their recall notification information. Endo takes this issue seriously and is fully committed to ensuring all of its products and packaging meet the highest quality standards.  If you have any questions regarding this recall, please call 1-800-462-ENDO (3636), between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST on Friday. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using this product. Additional information regarding this recall can be found at http://www.endo.com/endopharma/our-products. Adverse reactions or quality problems associated with the use of this product may be reported to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either by phone, on line, by regular mail or by fax. This Product Recall is being made with the knowledge of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). About Endo International plc Endo International plc (NASDAQ / TSX: ENDP) is a highly focused generics and specialty branded pharmaceutical company delivering high-quality medicines to patients in need through excellence in development, manufacturing and commercialization. Endo has global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and U.S. headquarters in Malvern, PA. Learn more at www.endo.com.

News Article | February 16, 2017
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Air France-KLM plans to invest more than €200 million on digital and data development by 2020 with a priority on better use of its data. The group says it has had an internal “Big Data Platform” since 2015 and last year connected to all of its customer data sources to get a rounded view of customers and develop personalised services. Speaking during the group’s full-year 2016 results presentation to analysts, CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said Air France-KLM is now one of a few companies in the world which collect and use online and offline customer data to make personalised offers. The group says it has been increasing digital and big data investment by about 15% every year since 2013 with last year’s investment standing at €55 million. The airline group expects to reap €200 million in additional revenue over the same period. “It’s going to be our priority and and quite important in terms of revenues because we do think that this possibility to have a personal link with customers will enable us to get €200 million in additional revenue.” The latest ancillary revenue report from Ideaworks and Cartrawler estimated airlines would earn $67.6 billion in ancillary revenue in 2016. Responding to a question about adjusting distribution channels to continue digital growth, Janaillac says the airlines want to be able treat passengers in a different way as it currently does through the GDS and that it is working on IATA’s NDC standard. Air France-KLM reported €5 billion in online sales in 2016 and has been seeing an average annual increase of  7%. Further digital milestones for the group in 2016 include 56% of passengers now interacting via mobile and one-in-three tickets sold via its AF.com and klm.com websites. For the year, the group reported operating income of €1.049 billion million. The group carried 93.4 million passengers, a 4% increase on the previous year.

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Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance | Year: 2011

Microstructural analyses of thermal or mechanical fatigued Nitinol show remarkable similarities and are characterized by an increase in dislocation density with increasing number of cycles. Dislocation bands, which are thought to be due to the effects of moving martensite interfaces, align with the martensite lattice invariant plane. These microstructural effects result in modification of transformation temperatures, strain (under stress-control) and stress (under strain-control). Processing has a major effect on fatigue properties, whereby optimized thermomechanically treated microstructures provide more stable (and predictable) behavior than the annealed microstructures. © ASM International.

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