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SDI: Antiviral prescriptions on the rise

BY Michael Johnsen

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. According to SDI’s Vector One: National, antiviral prescriptions rose dramatically last week to more than 648,000, an increase of more than 73% in the past two weeks, Surveillance Data reported Wednesday.

Antiviral prescriptions have climbed each week since the week ending Aug. 21, but the increases in the past two weeks have been significant. More than 640,000 prescriptions were filled for Tamiflu in the week ending Oct. 23, up more than 28% from just over 502,000 the week before.

At 648,000, the volume of antiviral prescriptions last week was higher than at any point last season, and approximately 40% higher than the most active antiviral prescription week during the spring pandemic wave: 271,169 in the week ended May 1.

“While there is always variability in flu activity each year, including antiviral prescription trends, this year we are well above prescription volumes we’ve seen in years past and significantly higher than any October on record,” stated Laurel Edelman, SDI’s VP clinical accounts. “This trend is also being seen in our weekly local tracking and consolidation of electronic healthcare claims, where we’ve seen submissions, representing physician office visits for influenza, increase an average 30% each week since the beginning of September.”

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Carex launches Pedal Exerciser with Digital Display

BY Michael Johnsen

OAKLAND, Calif. Carex Health Brands recently launched its new Pedal Exerciser with Digital Display for retail durable medical equipment sets.

The Pedal Exerciser is expected to appeal to those undergoing rehabilitation after injury or for seniors who may be a bit less mobile but want to remain fit, the company stated.

The new Pedal Exerciser features a digital display that enables users to readily track their progress. Display features include time elapsed, calories burned and the total number of repetitions undertaken.

Designed for consumers seeking a gentle workout, the Pedal Exerciser also features a resistance knob that can be simply turned as a user’s strength and endurance improves. In addition, the new product – which folds for compact storage – comes with anti-slip rubber pads for enhanced comfort and safety, as well as pre-installed batteries.

Carex’s Pedal Exerciser with Digital Display will be available at select retailers for a suggested retail price of $61.18.

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Mead Johnson develops Web site addressing infant health

BY Michael Johnsen

EVANSVILLE, Ind. Mead Johnson last week posted a collection of visual images and a video to tell the story of how nutrition plays a vital role in babies’ health, growth and development during the critical first 12 months at http://www.thevisualmd.com/health_centers/child_health/infant_nutrition.

The collection takes the viewer on an educational journey through the many aspects of infant development, including the benefits of the nutrients DHA and ARA on the eyes, brain and immune system, as well as the importance of vitamin D early in a child’s development. The images are designed to teach moms how nutrition works in babies, what nutrients are important for breastfeeding or what ingredients to look for in infant formula.

“Getting the right nutrition is essential for both mom and baby, during pregnancy and throughout the baby’s first year of life,” stated Madelyn Fernstrom, founder and director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Weight Management Center in Pittsburgh. “Helping moms take the complexity out of nutrition science and presenting information in a way that is easily understood helps them understand how vital good nutrition is in supporting growth and development.”

The Web site is sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutrition, the maker of the Enfamil family of products.

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