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Bayer launches mobile app for hemophilia patients

BY Alaric DeArment

WAYNE, N.J. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has launched a free mobile application for patients with hemophilia, the drug maker said Monday.

Bayer launched FactorTrack, a customizable application for hemophilia A patients designed to make it easier for them to track and record hemophilia factor VIII infusions. The application captures dosing history, frequency and locations of bleeds, and allows patients to customize their infusion schedule based on prescribed regimens, view infusion histories and receive alerts.

“FactorTrack is the latest innovation from Bayer that illustrates our ongoing commitment to helping enhance the lives of people who live with bleeding disorders,” Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals VP and general manager for hematology Paul Bedard said. “We worked alongside the hemophilia community, physical therapists and physical educators to develop the application in response to the needs of people with hemophilia A.”

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FDA approves OraSure Technologies’ hepatitis C test

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new rapid blood test for detecting hepatitis C, the agency said Friday.

The FDA approved Bethlehem, Pa.-based OraSure Technologies’ OraQuick HCV rapid antibody test, a test strip that delivers results in about 20 minutes. The test however, is not approved for HCV screening of the general population.

About 3.2 million people in the United States are chronically infected with HCV, and 17,000 people are newly infected each year. The disease can lead to liver disease and cancer, and is associated with around 12,000 deaths in the United States annually.

“Approval of OraQuick means that more patients can be notified of their HCV infection faster so that they can consult with their physicians for appropriate health measures,” FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health director Jeffrey Shuren stated. “Getting faster treatment is an important public health step to control this dangerous disease.”

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A&P expands Live Better!

BY Allison Cerra

MONTVALE, N.J. The A&P family of supermarkets has expanded the Live Better! Wellness Club for its A&P, SuperFresh, Waldbaum’s and Pathmark stores throughout the Northeast to include a new incentives program.

Fresh & Healthy Rewards provides Live Better! members with 20%-off coupons when they spend $50 in the produce section. Customers can sign up for the Live Better! wellness club at the courtesy desk or pharmacy department of their local A&P, SuperFresh, Waldbaum’s and Pathmark supermarkets.

The supermarket chain said the new program reflects its committment to providing shoppers with budget-friendly ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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