Virginia A. Schad, PharmD, RPh

Virginia A. Schad, PharmD, RPh

Contributing Writer
Virginia A. Schad, PharmD, RPh, is a contributing medical author for the Haymarket Medical Network, part of the Medical Communications Group of Haymarket Media. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1999. For the past 20 years, Dr Schad has worked in medical communications developing numerous presentations, as well as slide libraries and kits, and editing journal articles and supplements, clinical study reports, product monographs, and program abstracts. She has also organized and implemented speaker training meetings, consultants’ meetings, advisory board meetings, roundtable meetings, and CME symposia. While Dr Schad has worked in many therapeutic areas, her areas of focus have been in endocrinology, infectious diseases, pulmonology, neurology, and cardiology.

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Radiotherapy Shows Potential in Managing GISTs

The effectiveness and role of radiotherapy for patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) may need to be reevaluated, according to findings that were recently published in Cancers. GISTs are believed to be resistant to radiotherapy and their use is primarily for palliative care. However, because patients with GISTs are expected to live longer compared with…

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Automated Monitoring of Online Forums Could Yield New Insights on Drug Side Effects

Automated monitoring of online patient forums may provide real-world data on adverse drug events (ADEs) and could be used to supplement pharmacovigilance, according to a study of patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors. The research was published in Scientific Reports. Clinical trials are often relatively short in duration and are conducted in a small sample of…

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Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery Benefits Gastric GIST

Shorter operative time, a simpler operation, and faster postoperative recovery time are some of the advantages of hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HLS) compared with total laparoscopic surgery (TLS) for the surgical treatment of gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs), according to a retrospective analysis published in BMC Surgery. TLS has replaced open surgery for the treatment of…

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Cardiovascular MRI May Detect Meaningful RV Volume Changes in PAH

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) may be useful in detecting clinically relevant changes in right ventricular (RV) volumes and function related to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), according to a study published in Pulmonary Circulation. Targeted therapy has demonstrated a reduction in morbidity and mortality in patients with PAH. As RV dilatation may predict clinical worsening…

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Inebilizumab-cdon May Benefit Poor Responders to Other NMOSD Treatment

Inebilizumab-cdon (Uplizna®) may reduce attack risk and disability in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) who typically have poor treatment response, according to phase 3 pivotal trial data recently presented at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting. Most patients with NMOSD, a neuroinflammatory autoimmune disease, test positive for anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibodies, with…

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