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CareMed receives URAC specialty, mail-order accreditation

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — Specialty pharmacy CareMed Pharmaceutical Services has received specialty pharmacy and mail-order pharmacy accreditations from URAC, the company said Wednesday.

URAC is a non-profit group that uses accreditation, education and measurement programs to promote healthcare quality. CareMed also received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care in 2009.

"CareMed’s dual accreditation is a testament to our commitment to excellence," CareMed SVP sales and marketing John Witkowski said. "We take meeting the high standards and scrutiny of the URAC and ACHC very seriously, and we are honored to have earned dual accreditation."

 

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FDA clears Novo Nordisk insulin pen for children

BY Alaric DeArment

PLAINSBORO, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to an insulin pen made by Novo Nordisk for half-unit dosing, the drug maker said Wednesday.

The Denmark-based drug maker announced the clearance of the NovoPen Echo, saying it marked the first and only pen device in the United States with half-unit dosing and a memory function that records the dose and time passed since the last injection. The system will be available for patients using NovoLog (insulin aspart [rDNA origin]) PenFill cartridges. Half-unit dose increments allow for finer adjustments, which can be important for children.

"The U.S. approval of NovoPen Echo represents a significant milestone in insulin delivery, especially for children with diabetes and their caregivers," Novo Nordisk SVP diabetes marketing Camille Lee said. "The pen can offer caregivers increased confidence that their children are managing their diabetes appropriately away from home by allowing them to see the amount and time passed since their last dose."

The pen is scheduled to become available in the United States early next year and is already on the market in Canada, Europe and Israel.

 

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Nabisco introduces new gluten-free Rice Thins snacks

BY Jason Owen

EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Nabisco announced this week a new gluten-free, baked snack made with rice.

Rice Thins are a light and crispy baked snack. Rice is baked until crisp, resulting in a light texture and irresistable crunch, the company stated.

Rice Thins are available in three flavors: White Rice Original, Brown Rice Sea Salt and Pepper and Brown Rice White Cheddar.

Rice Thins have a suggested retail price of $3.69 per box. They are available this month at retailers nationwide.

 


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