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A&D Medical rolls out new monitoring devices

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN JOSE, Calif. A&D Medical on Wednesday introduced three new wireless telehealth and wellness devices featuring ANT technology.

 

A&D Medical’s monitoring devices with ANT wireless technology are essential feedback components for wellness coaching and health tracking, the company stated. Suitable for Web-based employee health programs, disease management, prevention programs and consumer wellness solutions, A&D Medical’s ANT devices enable a richer, more data-driven experience for both program administrators and end users.

 

 

These three A&D Medical products are designed for use with both mHealth and eHealth applications. Using ANT technology, the new products include a tri-axial activity monitor, precision personal health scale and an automatic blood pressure monitor. Each of these products feature an ANT wireless radio with automatic data transmission for seamless health metrics tracking.

 

 

ANT is a proven protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low-power practical wireless networking applications. It is designed for ease of use, efficiency and scalability with an installed base of more than 11 million nodes to date.

 

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Express Scripts looks to curb nonadherence among patients

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts said it has created a way to accurately predict which patients were most at risk of not adhering to their medications.

The PBM announced Monday that it had created a computer model that could predict whether a patient would fail to take medications as prescribed up to a year in advance, allowing early intervention to improve adherence. The company said patent protection for the model is pending. According to Express Scripts’ 2009 Drug Trend Report, nonadherence results in $106 billion being wasted on increased medical costs every year.

“The problem of nonadherence isn’t new — it’s easy to walk through a hospital and identify people who would not be there if they had simply taken their medications,” Express Scripts chief medical officer Steven Miller said. “But our new predictive models allow us to do something that wasn’t possible before: better identify those patients before they run into trouble and tailor practical, patient-centric solutions that target the specific factors that put them at risk for nonadherence.”

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Alcon introduces new lubricant eye drops

BY Michael Johnsen

HUENENBERG, Switzerland Alcon on Monday announced the launch of Systane Balance lubricant eye drops, formulated with HP Guar, borate, sorbitol, propylene glycol and Alcon’s exclusive LipiTech System — an emulsion technology of mineral oil and an anionic phospholipid. The new eye drop is designed to restore the lipid layer and the natural tear film to allow for relief of dry-eye symptoms.

 

“We are dedicated to applying scientific rigor to discover treatments for chronic conditions, such as dry eye,” stated Sabri Markabi, Alcon chief medical officer and SVP research and development. “[For example], meibomian gland dysfunction is a significant cause of dry eye symptoms, and now patients who suffer from dry eye associated with MGD can use Systane Balance to restore their lipid layer, re-establish their natural tear film and maintain their tear film stability.”

 

 

MGD is the most common cause of evaporative dry eye, with an estimated 50% of dry-eye patients experiencing MGD. Physicians observed an association between the use of Systane Balance and better tear film stabilization, as well as an improvement in the thickening of the lipid layer, which are desirable characteristics in treating dry eye. Unlike some other drops where blurring may be a concern, patients reported minimal blur after instilling drops of Systane Balance, the company stated.

 

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