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HDI, Nipro Diabetes Systems to merge

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Home Diagnostics and Nipro Diabetes Systems earlier this week announced that the two companies will merge to become Nipro Diagnostics. Both companies are wholly owned by Nipro Corp., which is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.

“Our mission at Home Diagnostics has always been to make high-performance blood glucose monitoring technology more affordable to people with diabetes,” stated Joseph Capper, president of HDI. “Merging with Nipro Diabetes Systems helps us extend this mission to the insulin pump category.”

The name change to Nipro Diagnostics is effective immediately for Home Diagnostics. The merger of the two companies is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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ASR boosts production of thermometer

BY Michael Johnsen

WESTON, Fla. American Scientific Resources on Thursday announced that due to the reception the company received at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Marketplace Conference held earlier this week in San Diego, ASR has boosted production of its Kidz-Med 5-in-1 non-contact thermometer by an additional 100,000 units to be delivered by the end of the year.

ASR contributed its success at NACDS to the high visibility programs the company was involved in, and to its ability to present an attractive package to the retailers. Additionally, The Greenwood Group, ASR’s sales and marketing team, had a booth located along one of the better-traveled aisles at the conference.

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Rep. Ed Towns: J&J uncooperative in federal probe

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Johnson & Johnson has been less than cooperative with a congressional probe into the recent product recalls of J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare division and the subsequent shuttering of its Fort Washington, Pa., manufacturing facility, the New York Times reported Thursday.

In an interview with the Times, Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., suggested J&J has been less cooperative in responding to requests than were either Bank of America or the insurance giant A.I.G. when they recently were under investigation.

Towns and the committee may have to resort to subpoenas to compel J&J’s cooperation, Towns said.

Bonnie Jacobs, McNeil spokeswoman, countered that the company has already produced approximately 20,000 pages of documents, and that corporate executives were made available for interviews in a timely fashion, the Times reported.

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