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CDC report assesses U.S. life expectancy at new high of 78 years

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA A child born in the United States in 2005 can expect to live nearly 78 years–a new high–according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2005.”

The report from CDC?s National Center for Health Statistics is based on approximately 99 percent of death records reported in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for 2005 and documents the latest trends in the leading causes of death and infant mortality.

The increase in life expectancy represents a continuation of a long-running trend. Over the past decade, life expectancy has increased from 75.8 years in 1995, and from 69.6 years in 1955.

“This report highlights the continued reduction in deaths from the three leading killers in the United States, heart disease, cancer and stroke, which is most likely due to better prevention efforts and medical advances in the treatments of these diseases,” stated Hsiang-Ching Kung, a survey statistician with CDC?s National Center for Health Statistics and one of the report?s authors. “If death rates from certain leading causes of death continue to decline, we should continue to see improvements in life expectancy.”

The full report is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs. Final U.S. mortality data for 2005 will not be available until next year, the agency reported.

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Abbott starts correction on blood glucose meters

BY Drew Buono

ALAMEDA Abbott has started a worldwide medical device correction for its Precision Xtra, Optium, ReliOn Ultima, Rite Aid, and Kroger blood glucose meters that were manufactured after Jan. 31, 2007.

If the meter is dropped on a hard surface, it may affect the screen’s readability. Risks of not being able to read the test results include hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

Abbott Diabetes Care discovered the problem during testing which found the meters’ display can be jarred or disconnected when dropped, thereby making it difficult to read the lot number or date information; in some cases it caused the screen to appear completely blank.

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Adams celebrates 10-year anniversary

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESTER, N.J. Adams Respiratory Therapeutics Tuesday morning announced that it will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its incorporation with a celebration for employees on Sept. 12 at Municipal Field (Gazebo Park) in Chester, New Jersey.

“On the occasion of this important milestone, I applaud our employees, whose talents and tireless efforts have fueled Adams’ phenomenal growth in the past several years,” stated Michael Valentino, Adams president and chief executive officer. “I’m proud of our accomplishments and I look forward to a second decade of success with multiple new product introductions and our planned expansion into the prescription respiratory market.”

Adams, best known for its Mucinex and Delsym cough and cold products and the nationwide Mr. Mucus consumer advertising campaign, commenced operations in Fort Worth, Texas in September 1997. In April 2004, the company relocated its corporate headquarters from Fort Worth to Chester. Adams currently employees nearly 500 people and its Chester facility houses more than 80 of its employees. The company has expanded its headquarter operations twice since relocating to Chester in 2004 and doubled its portfolio of marketed respiratory products this year.

Federal, state and local officials are scheduled to attend and participate in a ceremony recognizing Adams for its decade of success as a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of respiratory disorders.

“I congratulate Adams Respiratory Therapeutics on its 10-year anniversary, and the tremendous growth and success that this company has achieved in such a short period of time,” stated Stanley Kosierowski, chief operating officer and senior vice president, business support, New Jersey Economic Development Authority. “It is New Jersey’s good fortune to have companies like Adams come to our state, where they create jobs, become good neighbors and corporate citizens, and continue New Jersey’s fine tradition of improving public health by providing important medicines for the entire nation.”

In August 2007, Adams was named to Deloitte & Touche’s prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program for New Jersey, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, and life sciences companies in the area. Adams was ranked No. 7 overall, based on achieving a revenue growth rate of 1,638 percent from 2002 to 2006.

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