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MagnaCare partners with Telcare around dissemination of new, wireless meter

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — MagnaCare, a health plan management company, on Thursday announced its partnership with Telcare on that company’s new wireless-enabled blood glucose meter. Through this partnership, MagnaCare’s clients will be among the first in the country to receive the Telcare BGM meter.

The Telcare BGM automatically transmits readings to an Food and Drug Administration-cleared, privacy-secured online database that can be accessed via Web browser or smartphone apps by patients, physicians, caregivers or family members, as authorized by the patient, MagnaCare noted. The Telcare BGM transmits real-time access to readings, provides feedback and enables physicians and caregivers to intervene when blood glucose reaches dangerous levels.

"The biggest challenge in the treatment of diabetes is compliance, which, with a 10% improvement in glucose control, can reduce the incidence of complications by 37%," stated Jonathan Javitt, CEO and vice chairman of Telcare. "The Telcare BGM was developed to eliminate noncompliance and inconsistency in tracking numbers. Through the simplified dissemination of information that is usable and functional, this unique technology is truly impactful in terms of connecting provider to patient."

The Telcare product represents the first of a new generation of wireless medical devices, designed to connect people with chronic illness to caregivers, the companies stated. The result of a partnership between Telcare, and Qualcomm, manufacturer of many of the internal components of today’s cell phones, the product is being launched at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, where it is ranked as one of the semi-finalists in the famous "Last Gadget Standing" competition.

The Telcare BGM is paired with Telcare’s back-end clinical server and a suite of smartphone apps designed to provide comprehensive access to care. The server connects directly to electronic medical record systems, while the phone apps are used by family members.


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Perrigo appoints Johnson head of OTC product development

BY Michael Johnsen

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Thursday named Bruce Johnson to VP consumer healthcare research and development. Johnson will lead new product development for the supplier in the U.S. market. 

Johnson joined Perrigo in 2005 and has since played a critical role in the company’s analytical research and development activities for both the U.S. and abroad.

Johnson holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He is a resident of Byron Center, Mich., and a native of Sioux City, Iowa, Perrigo reported.


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California Senate committee tables PSE Rx-only bill

BY Michael Johnsen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Senate Health Committee on Wednesday tabled a bill that would require a prescription for the purchase of a pseudoephedrine product, exempting children’s liquid formulations.

The bill initially failed to pass the committee by a vote of 2-2 with five no-votes. Subsequently, the committee placed the bill up for reconsideration by a vote of 7-0 with two no-votes. No subsequent hearing date has been posted the Senate’s website.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores reaffirmed its opposition to this piece of legislation in a statement released Friday. “Requiring a prescription for over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine would be a cure worse than the disease,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.  “A prescription requirement would disempower patients in their own health care and would only increase healthcare costs.”

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