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Sandoz launches generic Precedex

BY Ryan Chavis

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz announced the launch of its dexmedetomidine hydrochloride injection, a generic version of Precedex from Hospira. The drug is used to sedate initially intubated and mechanically ventilated patients during treatment in an intensive care environment, according to the company. It's also used for the sedation of non-intubated patients before and/or during surgical and other procedures.
 
U.S. sales for dexmedetomidine hydrochloride injection were approximately $151 million for the 12 months ending July 2014, according to IMS Health. 
 
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GoJo to support cancer research center City of Hope through special Purell promotion

BY Michael Johnsen

AKRON, Ohio — GoJo on Monday announced today that it will support City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and life-threatening diseases located in Los Angeles, through a special promotion. Between now and June 30, 2015, GoJo will donate 30 cents for every bottle of Purell Spring Bloom Hand Sanitizer sold to City of Hope.

"The GOJO Purpose is saving lives and making life better through well-being solutions," said Steve Schultz, GoJo North American business president and COO.  "Each and every day, City of Hope is furthering the fight against cancer. We are happy to support their efforts."
 
City of Hope's mission is to transform the future of health through rapidly advancing scientific discoveries into better treatments and better prevention strategies for cancer. "The funds raised by GoJo will help our doctors and researchers specialize in discoveries and care that lead to longer and healthier lives for people everywhere," said Steven Martin, VP marketing at City of Hope. "We thank them for their support of our vital work."
 
Purell Spring Bloom Hand Sanitizer is available at participating office supply and online distributors and retailers.

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Omron launches new line of blood pressure monitors

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Omron Healthcare on Tuesday introduced a new line of monitors that provide even more accurate results, according to the company.
 
The new line captures five times more data points for a more precise reading. With more data points captured, interferences such as breathing and movement have less of an impact. Premium units include the easy wrap ComFit cuff which inflates around the entire arm to avoid incorrect positioning, and Omron’s algorithm allows for more consistency and precision.
 
“Studies have proven that monitoring blood pressure not only in the doctor’s office, but also at home, is vital to reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure,” said Sarah Meltzer, Omron blood pressure product manager. “With more accurate readings, people can confidently take their blood pressure at home, which is an easy step to improving health conditions.”
 
The newest offerings from Omron make it easier for people to stay on top of their blood pressure between visits to their doctor, the company said. Suggested retail price ranges from $49.99 for its 3 Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor to $99.99 for its 10 Series monitors. 
 
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