Attorney General Awards $100,000 to CU and Tygart Technology

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 30 2006

Attorney General Awards $100,000 to CU and Tygart Technology

Athens, W.Va. – The Honorable Darrell V. McGraw, Jr., Attorney General for the State of West Virginia, awarded $100,000 to Concord University (through the Concord University Research and Development Corporation) for a study of the use of secure electronic prescriptions to help reduce fraud and abuse of Oxycontin and other prescription medications. Concord University and Tygart Technology, Inc. (www.tygart.com) will conduct the study.

This money comes from the latest installment in the $10,000,000 settlement with Purdue Pharma, Inc. over the addictive qualities of the drug Oxycontin.

“This program is designed to allow pharmacists to check prescriptions of patients to avoid the toxic intermixing of drugs and to avoid prescriptions that might be incompatible. In this program, we will also have an opportunity to monitor the use and possibly identify the abuse of many addictive substances. This will enable us to live up to the expectations of the judge [Stevens, McDowell County] of the court in which we settled the case,” stated Attorney General McGraw.

Concord President Jerry Beasley said that, “This brings us, along with our partner Tygart Technology, off the bench and into the game. Drugs have ruined the minds of many young people in this area. This gives us an opportunity to work on solutions. I’m grateful to Delegate Long who helped make the match between us and Tygart Technology. Technological solutions are very complex and they require the best minds. Ultimately, we hope that we will all see a dramatic reduction in drug abuse.”

Tygart, founded in 1991, is a native West Virginia technology company with offices in Fairmont and Charleston that specializes in information technology (IT). Tygart designs and develops commercial software products and provides an array of IT consulting services for state and federal government clients. Tygart is focused on helping customers understand and leverage the Internet as an enabling technology – capable of providing gains in productivity, intellectual capital and quality of service. Tygart provides a full spectrum of services including enterprise strategic planning, architecture design, software development and system operation and maintenance.

The Concord University Research and Development Corporation facilitates academic research.

Those in attendance for the grant award from Attorney General McGraw included Concord University President Jerry Beasley; Concord Research and Development Executive Director John Ferguson; Tygart Technology President John F. Waugaman, Vice President – Operations and Business Development Mary Ratliff, Chief Executive Officer Douglas J. Kirby; and Del. Marshall Long.

For more information, contact the Concord University Public Relations Office, 1-304-384-5288 or news@concord.edu.

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