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FDA approves Cross-Pilot laser support catheter

BY Alaric DeArment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Food and Drug Administration has given approval for a laser support catheter.

The Spectranetics Corp. announced Tuesday that the launch of the Cross-Pilot Laser Support Catheter will begin early next year in the United States, Canada and Europe.

The Cross-Pilot is meant to accompany the 0.9 Turbo Elite Laser Ablation Catheter and designed to provide additional support for reaching distal lesions. The braid-reinforced catheter construction and hydrophilic coating allow for better pushability through distal vessels, and the angled tip allows for quicker access to branched anatomy. Spectranetics offers it in 125 cm length and straight with angled tip configurations.

“We are pleased to receive FDA clearance for another important product,” Spectranetics chairman, president and chief executive officer Emile Geisenheimer said in a statement. “The Cross-Pilot product line and the Quick-Cross Extreme product line, which was approved by the FDA last week, will expand our support catheter product offering to the benefit of our physician customers and their patients.”

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Take Care opens three clinics in New Orleans area

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, announced on Monday that it has opened three retail-based clinics in New Orleans, marking the first Take Care Clinics in the state of Louisiana.

Additional locations are slated to open in New Orleans in early 2009.

“We are excited to bring high-quality, affordable care to the citizens of New Orleans,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and chief executive officer. “We have watched this city overcome incredible obstacles in the past few years and we feel that its residents will greatly benefit from the increased access to health care offered by Take Care Clinics. Nearly one million patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we are proud to expand into New Orleans as part of our continued growth.”

Last year, Walgreens celebrated the opening of its 6,000th pharmacy location nationwide in New Orleans and has historically maintained a strong presence in the city.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 312 clinics in 18 states.

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Medicine Shoppe teams with ADA on American Diabetes Month activities

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A retail pharmacy chain and the American Diabetes Association are collaborating to mark American Diabetes Month with free cards listing healthy recipes for people with diabetes.

Medicine Shoppe will distribute the cards, partially funded by Bayer HealthCare, listing 10 recipes that the ADA has approved as safe for diabetics, including chicken, turkey, potato, sausage and vegetable dishes.

The cards, titled the “Live Health Nutritional Recipe Cards,” list nutrition information and serving sizes for each recipe.

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