Mercury Enterprises has announced that John Gargaro MD has joined the Corporate Board of Directors and Douglas Smith has joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Dr. Gargaro is currently a board certified orthopedic surgeon and graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan Medical School. He is currently Chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, former Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and former Treasurer of the Medical staff at St Joseph Hospital, Denver CO. Industry experience includes consulting positions with Wright Medical and Johnson & Johnson/DePuy, as well as clinical research and speaker panel positions for Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc. and Organon Labs.
Douglas Smith's background includes 20+ years of sales and marketing experience with GE Healthcare, Dräger, Maquet Medical Systems USA and Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. Mercury Medical, a veteran-owned medical products manufacturing and marketing organization, focused on airway management and anesthesia, is recognized by the industry as a leading provider of innovative airway management devices.
Hunger Games Actor Finds New Heroes
Actor Liam Hemsworth — best known for his role in The Hunger Games blockbuster movie franchise — has been named the 2016 Theatrical Fundraising Spokesperson for Brave Beginnings, an initiative of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation (WRMPPF). The program works to improve the lives of premature babies by providing hospitals with grants for purchasing life-saving neonatal equipment and supporting critical care pulmonary services. Premature birth accounts for 35% of all infant deaths in the US, more than any other single cause. Since 2006, Brave Beginnings (formerly the Will Rogers Neonatal Program) has provided essential ventilator equipment to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country. To date, the neonatal program has contributed $5 million in grants to 148 hospitals. Each year, the program issues 20 to 30 grants for a total of $1 million — and the demand increases every year. To date, 73,000 babies have been helped by the Brave Beginnings program. Hemsworth stars in a thirty-second public service announcement that will appear before movies on more than 4,000 theater screens nationwide. The spot may also be viewed on Brave Beginnings' website, www.bravebeginnings.org. Surrounded by a diverse group of children born prematurely ranging from infancy to age 10, Hemsworth tells moviegoers, "These brave kids are my heroes. They all beat the odds." He encourages audiences to support Brave Beginnings saying that, "It is our chance to be their hero." "Liam is a champion for children who inspires families everywhere. He is a dynamic advocate for us, and we are delighted to have him on board to further our mission so that every premature baby born in our country has the opportunity to thrive and live a long and healthy life," said Jim Orr, President of Distribution at Focus Features and Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation President. For nearly 80 years, movie theaters have honored Will Rogers' legacy by raising money in movie theaters. Participating theater chains for the 2016 campaign benefiting Brave Beginnings include AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark USA and Regal Entertainment Group, with additional exhibitors expected to join in the coming weeks. For more information about the program, or to find out how your theater can participate, call toll-free (888) 994-3863.
Firm Certified as a Veteran-Owned Business
Mercury Enterprises, Inc., dba Mercury Medical, Clearwater, Florida is verified and certified as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) by the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation. Mercury Medical is a healthcare specialty organization recognized by the industry since 1963 as a leading provider of innovative airway management devices. As a Veteran Owned Small Business, Mercury Medical is included in the Veteran business database at www.vip.vetbiz.gov and eligible to participate in Veterans First Contracting Programs with the VA. For more information contact Mercury at www.mercurymed.com or contact by phone at 800-237-6418.
Feeding Device Determines Tongue Movement
Atlanta-based NFANT Labs LLC has announced FDA clearance for its nfant Feeding Solution. Unlike an ordinary baby bottle, nfant Feeding Solution is the only medical device that can determine an infant's tongue movement during actual feeding and provide objective, measurable data. Information is then relayed to caregivers through a mobile app and stored in a cloud database. The solution is the first Internet of Things (IoT) medical device focused on babies in the 1,100 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) across the United States. Currently, deciding exactly when it is safe to begin oral feeding and determining how to best advance an infant's feeding is based on a caregiver's professional experience and trial and error. Now, health-care teams can use the data from nfant Feeding Solution to help determine when NICU infants are ready to transition from tube feeding to bottle or breast feeding. Each nfant Feeding Solution consists of a disposable nfant Coupling that connects the bottle to the nipple. Reusable nfant Sensors then connect to the Coupling and non-invasively measure the baby's tongue movement while transmitting that data to a smart device for display in real-time. Data is then stored in a cloud database for analysis and retrieval. In addition to real-time analytics, physicians and caregivers can also view an infant's historical feeding analytics to determine progress. NFANT Labs will start providing NICUs with nfant Feeding Solution this quarter with plans to expand its market in 2016. For more information, visit http://www.nfant.com
New Clinical Data Published on Detecting Hemolysis
Capnia, Inc. has announced a paper, titled Measuring End‐Tidal Carbon Monoxide of Jaundiced Neonates in the Birth Hospital to Identify Those with Hemolysis, has been published in Neonatology. This peer‐reviewed paper, which is expected to appear in the January 2016 print issue discusses recent clinical research demonstrating the superiority of CoSense End‐Tidal Carbon Monoxide (ETCO) Monitor at detecting hemolysis in jaundiced newborns. The results of the study conducted in neonates with bilirubin above the 75th percentile show that CoSense is more effective at identifying hemolysis than traditional measures, such as the Coombs test. Of the 100 high‐risk neonates studied at three hospitalsin the Intermountain Healthcare System, CoSense showed evidence of hemolysis in 37%, while Coombs testing showed several false negative results. None of the neonates studied with CoSense were readmitted to the hospital. In the same period of time, approximately 3% of the 3,535 neonates on whom CoSense was not used prior to discharge from the hospital, were readmitted for jaundice. The full publication can be accessed online.
Star Power for Brave Beginnings
Zoe Saldana has been named the 2015 Theatrical Fundraising Spokesperson for Brave Beginnings, a newly renamed program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation (WRMPPF). The program works to improve the lives of premature babies by providing hospitals with grants for purchasing life-saving neonatal equipment and supporting critical care pulmonary services. Premature birth accounts for 35% of all infant deaths in the US, more than any other single cause. Since 2006, Brave Beginnings (formerly the Will Rogers Neonatal Program) has provided essential ventilator equipment to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country. To date, the neonatal program has contributed $2.9 million in grants to 78 hospitals across 30 states. Each year, the program donates roughly $500,000 in grants – and the demand increases every year. Saldana stars in a thirty-second public service announcement that will appear before movies on more than 4,000 theater screens nationwide. The spot shares the same hand-drawn imagery from Brave Beginnings' newly launched website, www.bravebeginnings.org, where the spot can be viewed. Playing on the concept that summer at the movies means action, adventure and superheroes, Saldana tells moviegoers, "I want to talk about a different kind of hero. Instead of capes, they wear blankets." She adds, "Every superhero needs a sidekick. I'd like you to fill that role by giving generously." For nearly 80 years, movie theaters have honored Will Rogers' legacy by raising money in movie theaters. Several theater chains will participate in the 2015 campaign, which will benefit Brave Beginnings. Participating theaters will run various types of programs, including concession stand programs that donate a portion of sales to Brave Beginnings, donation pin-ups, collection canisters and lobby monitor displays. The money raised from the 2015 Fundraiser will benefit Brave Beginnings.
The HAMILTON-T1 with neonatal option is a high-end transport ventilator that provides the best possible ventilation therapy for your smallest and most vulnerable patients. During transport, the HAMILTON-T1 delivers the same performance as a fully featured NICU ventilator at the bedside. Its unique features make it one of the best transport ventilators for neonates. Hamilton Medical has specially adapted the HAMILTON-T1 hardware and software to optimally meet the needs of ventilated neonates. Supporting tidal volumes of just 2 ml, the HAMILTON-T1 allows for effective, safe, and lung- protective ventilation for even the smallest preemies. The reliable and robust neonatal flow sensor accurately measures pressure, volume, and flow proximal to the patient. This guarantees the required sensitivity and response time, and prevents dead space ventilation. Therefore, the patient is better synchronized and the work of breathing (WOB) is reduced. The new neonatal expiratory valve can balance even the smallest differences in pressure and offers the neonate the possibility to breathe spontaneously in each phase of a controlled breathing cycle. In addition to all modern neonatal ventilation modes, the HAMILTON-T1 offers a new generation of nCPAP. In the new nCPAP-PC (pressure control) mode, you only define the desired CPAP target value for your patient and the ventilator automatically and continuously adapts the required flow to the patient's condition and possible leaks. Thanks to the demand flow technology, your patient will receive only as much flow as is necessary to obtain the set CPAP target. This reduces WOB, reduces the need for user interventions and ensures optimal leak compensation. You will also require less oxygen for transport and noise caused by the ventilator decreases distinctively. With approvals and certificates for most types of transport and situations the HAMILTON-T1 is an ideal escort for your tiniest patients, reliable everywhere, both inside and outside the hospital, in the air as well as on the ground. The built-in high-performance turbine makes it completely independent of compressed air, gas cylinders or compressors. This saves weight and space and even noninvasively ventilated neonates can be transported over long distances. The combination of a built-in and an optional hot-swappable battery provides a battery operation of more than 9 hours. This can be extended indefinitely with additional hot-swappable batteries.
Ventilator Circuit Stabilizer Launched
As many ventilator patients have become more mobile, both in long-term care centers and at home, increased safety has become an issue. One of the areas that is most important is to secure the patients ventilator circuitry and prevent accidental dislodgement. A more mobile patient, moving from bed to wheelchair and through everyday life, presents a unique challenge in not only providing proper ventilation but also in providing a safe method in securing the life sustaining ventilator tubing. In these critical moments of movement, the tubing and circuitry may easily find itself ensnared in bed sheets, on wheelchair railings or other hazards, which can result in serious injury or death from ventilator disconnections. Pepper Medical has introduced two products that will eliminate this issue and provide a safer environment for these patients. The first is the 701VCS (ventilator circuit stabilizer). The 701VCS is a harness style belt made of soft cotton laminate that fits comfortably around a patient's waist. Incorporated into the harness is a tubing securement strap that reliably secures the ventilator tubing getting it out of harms way and positioned close the patient’s chest. The second product is the 701VCS/NG offering the same circuitry securement but also adds a second strap used to secure a nasal gastric (or oral gastric) tube keeping it secure and avoiding decannulation thereby reducing these difficult reinsertions. Find out more at www.peppermedical.com.
Warmer Cleared by FDA
Creche Innovations has announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for the Penguin In-Line Enteral Warmer, which is intended to maintain the body temperature of breast milk that is fed enterally over extended periods of time. This addition to the Penguin line of warmers provides caregivers a solution that now assures 100% of all feedings will be easily and safely administered at "mom's temperature". The proprietary low heat technology utilized in the Penguin assures the entire nutritional value is delivered with every feeding. More importantly, the Penguin protects the babies from unwanted chemical transfers that are potentially leached into the feedings when exposed to high heat environments currently offered by competitive solutions. Unlike current enteral warmers, the Penguin In-Line Warmer is the only warmer that supports universal compatibility and is interchangeable with ALL brands of feeding pumps, extension sets, and accessories. The company plans on making the Penguin In-Line Warmer commercially available in the United States prior to the fourth quarter of 2015.
Prolacta Forms National Nutrition Advisory Committee
Prolacta Bioscience – a producer of human milk-based neonatal nutritional products – has announced the formation of a national Nutrition Advisory Committee. The NAC is comprised of leading registered dietitians including professionals certified in nutrition support and board-certified specialists in pediatric nutrition. The goal of is to provide neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) with clinical expertise, research, insights, and guidance on premature infant nutrition and the use of an exclusive human milk diet. "We've heard from countless hospitals and neonatologists about the need for education and support around neonatal nutrition and the growing use of an exclusive human milk diet, so we brought together experts in the field to serve as a resource to their fellow clinicians," said Scott Elster, president and CEO of Prolacta Bioscience. Critically ill and premature infants have special nutritional needs requiring higher levels of fat, protein and calories, and a different approach to nutrition support, than full-term babies need. Nutrition Advisory Committee members stay current on clinical data and trends within the NICU. They are actively involved in nutrition research within their own institutions, and many have published in peer reviewed medical and nutrition journals, and frequently serve as advocates for the health, well-being and survival of premature infants. Beginning in June 2015, members of the Nutrition Advisory Committee will be hosting monthly webinars to share information directly with fellow clinicians. Topics will focus on premature infant nutrition and will include guidance on standardizing feeding protocols in the NICU, growth and macronutrients for premature infants, and implementing donor milk in the NICU. To view the webinar schedule and register, visit www.prolacta.com/webinars. Growing scientific evidence supports the health benefits of an exclusive human milk diet for premature infants in the NICU, as opposed to cow milk-based nutrition or formula. A report published in 2014 in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine found an increase in the likelihood of developing necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), NEC requiring surgery, or sepsis, as the amount of cow milk-based protein fed to the infants in the control group increased. NEC is one of the leading causes of mortality among preterm babies. Another study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that successfully incorporating a human milk caloric fortifier made from pasteurized human milk cream into premature infants' diets improved their growth outcomes in the NICU. Since human breast milk is highly variable, a significant percentage typically contains less than 20 calories per fluid ounce. Adding a human milk-derived cream supplement to mom's own or donor breast milk, when less than 20 calories are present, provides the nutrition these preemies need for growth.
Enteral Syringes Cleared
NeoMed, Inc., which makes neonatal nutrition/enteral safety devices, announced that it received FDA 510(K) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its NeoConnect Enteral Syringes with ENFit connector (K143344) on April 8, 2015. NeoMed is currently one of only two enteral syringe manufacturers that have received FDA 510(K) clearance for enteral syringes with ENFit connectors. The NeoConnect syringes are an important part of the NeoMed solutions for the ISO 80369-3 (ENFit) Small Bore Connector Standard, being implemented to help reduce the risk of tubing misconnections and improve patient safety. NeoMed designed the first comprehensive enteral safety system to comply with the recommendations of the Joint Commission, FDA, ASPEN, and AAMI to help prevent tubing misconnections and is proud to support the ENFit initiative. Aaron Ingram, President of NeoMed, Inc. says, "Our commitment to our customers is our continual participation with GEDSA, the trade association created to help introduce the new standards. We will continue our support of the new ISO 80369-3 standard through implementation, practice, and beyond."
Jaundice Meter Introduced
Dräger has announced the release of its next-generation Jaundice Meter – the JM-105, a non-invasive bilirubinometer that provides fast, accurate, cost-effective and pain-free jaundice screenings for newborns. JM-105 can be used on children as young as 35-weeks’ gestational age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 60 percent of full-term infants will develop jaundice within a few days of birth. While it is relatively common, jaundice is a serious issue that can lead to permanent brain damage if not treated. Traditionally, hospitals would use visual screenings and painful heel-stick blood tests to determine whether a newborn has jaundice. Not only were these processes far from accurate, but they would cause a lot of anxiety for parents and discomfort to newborns. The rise of non-invasive transcutaneous bilirubin testing (TcB) changed the way hospitals identified at-risk infants. Dräger’s new JM-105 is one of the most advanced transcutaneous monitoring products available, measuring the yellowness of subcutaneous tissue in newborns as young as 35-weeks’ gestational age. Providing instantaneous screening of bilirubin results, JM-105 also reduces the risk of infections: JM-105 is non-invasive; its sensor is gently pressed to a newborn infant’s forehead while in a hospital; alternatively for babies 14 days of age at physician offices, measurements can be taken from the breastbone to obtain a bilirubin reading. Without the need to draw blood, the JM-105 can help to reduce the risk of infection. It also lessens readmission and length of stays: Bilirubin levels typically peak two-to-four days after birth – after most newborns have gone home. Due to this, jaundiced children are often readmitted for treatment. JM-105 detects at-risk newborns well before they leave the hospital, ensuring immediate treatment and, ultimately, reducing readmission and length-of-stay rates. Eliminates human error: Nurses or physicians can scan, measure, save and transfer patient data right from the device – eliminating time-consuming, manual transcription that often leads to human error. Enables faster decision-making: With quick access to patient data in one place, physicians and nurses can make faster treatment decisions based on accurate, timely information. Creates cost-effective testing practices: JM-105 reduces the frequency of costly lab tests and because it has a reusable probe, it eliminates the need for expensive disposables.
Milk Donor Website Launched
Medolac Laboratories, an Oregon-based human milk nutritionals start-up, has announced the launch of Donormilk.com, the first direct-to-consumer offering of human milk. Medolac’s Co-op Donor Milk human milk is commercially sterile, safe, tested, homogenized, and can be stored at room temperature making it easier for home use. In addition, Medolac human donor milk is less expensive and safer than donor milk bought from online classifieds and other milk banks where testing, safety and nutritional content cannot always be verified. This new product will make it possible for more babies to receive 100% human milk protein instead of bovine or soy protein formula. Medolac is committed to the fundamental principle that all babies should have access to breast milk and that direct breastfeeding by mothers is best for infants wherever and whenever possible. “The simple fact is that babies are healthier when they are fed human milk,” said Elena Medo, chairman and CEO of Medolac Laboratories. “Our vision at Medolac was to create a way to make human donor milk that is as easy to use as formula available for use with infants who otherwise would likely not have access to the benefits of human milk. These include babies of surrogates and non-traditional families, mothers experiencing a temporary supply shortage as well as post-discharge infants who fail to thrive on formula. With the introduction of donormilk.com, parents of healthy babies, preterm babies and medically fragile babies have access to a safe human donor milk alternative for their infants.” Because the Medolac human donor milk has been through the Medolac process, it is safe, sterile, can be stored at room temperature for up to three years and is available in a ready-to-use format. Parents who would like to provide their infants with human milk can order by visiting Donormilk.com. Parents should plan to supply a note from the infant’s primary healthcare provider to ensure the baby is under the care of a medical professional. No prescription is required and a template is available for the note on the website. For more information or to order commercially sterile, safe human donor milk, visit at donormilk.com.
FDA clears Invictus Medical's GELShield for market launch
Invictus Medical, the San Antonio, Texas-based medical device company, has received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to begin marketing its GELShield extracranial pressure relief device. The FDA cleared the GELShield with an indication to alleviate extracranial pressure due to prolonged immobility. The device has undergone a comprehensive safety validation study at the nationally recognized Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The center oversees approximately 4,200 births annually and operates an 83-bed, level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) providing the highest level of care for small and fragile newborn babies. Long-term, Invictus Medical's technology interest focuses on combating deformational plagiocephaly (DP), a cranial deformity exhibited in infants resulting from repeated external pressure to one area of the head. Studies have found a significant rise in the incidence of plagiocephaly since the early 1990s. In addition to being a cosmetic issue, DP has been associated with heightened risk for developmental delays in infants and toddlers, according to a study published in Pediatrics in 2013. To date, Invictus Medical has successfully raised $5 million. The company is in the process of securing an additional $4.5 million in Series B funding to support the commercialization efforts of the GELShield.
Rapid Whole-Genome Sequencing In Critically Ill Infants
A study presented at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting reveals the early results of the clinical usefulness of rapid whole-genome sequencing in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICUs and PICUs). Children's Mercy Kansas City's STAT-Seq test helped diagnose a genetic disease in more than one half of 35 critically ill infants tested, compared to just nine percent with standard genetic tests. As a result of receiving a specific disease diagnosis, clinical care was refined in 62 percent of infants, including 19 percent who had a markedly favorable change in treatment, and palliative care was initiated in 33 percent. Lead authors of the study were Laurel Willig, MD, Josh Petrikin, MD, and Stephen Kingsmore, MB, ChB, BAO, DSc, FRCPath, of Children's Mercy Kansas City. Still a research protocol, STAT-Seq is the fastest whole-genome test in the world, taking less than 50 hours from test order to delivery of an initial report. STAT-Seq can identify mutations across the genome associated with approximately 5,300 known genetic diseases, and in some cases even identify previously unknown genetic diseases. In contrast, standard clinical practice calls for an array of genetic tests to be performed (94 standard genetic tests were ordered on patients in this study), which are time-consuming, costly and can only test for a limited set of disorders. The symptoms and signs of genetic diseases in neonates are often overlapping, making identification of a specific diagnosis difficult. Further, infants frequently show only a fraction of the full set of symptoms and signs of genetic diseases, further complicating timely diagnosis and specific treatment. STAT-Seq bypasses these difficulties by casting the widest net in defining the underlying etiology. These retrospective results underscore the importance of a larger, prospective, randomized study now under way: In September 2013, Children's Mercy became one of four pilot projects to explore newborn genomics through funding by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), both parts of the National Institutes of Health. Other projects include teams at Brigham & Women's Hospital at Boston Children's Hospital; University of California San Francisco and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Comprised of these four programs, the Newborn Sequencing In Genomic medicine and public HealTh (NSIGHT) program aims to explore, in a limited but deliberate manner, the implications, challenges and opportunities associated with the possible use of genomic sequence information in the newborn period.
Agreement Reached on Audiometric Hearing Test Devices
MAICO Diagnostics and Interacoustics have announced that an agreement has been recognized to offer a full line of hearing testing medical devices to the affiliate hospitals in the buying group. MAICO Diagnostics has been serving hearing healthcare professionals with screening devices since 1937. The agreement includes several of the company's screening and impedance products. Noteworthy is the MB 11, ABR newborn hearing screening device. The device uses patented CE-Chirp stimulus, which significantly reduces test times. Re-usable electrodes and an integrated earphone, means there are virtually no disposables. This significantly reduces medical waste and saves thousands in costly disposables. Interacoustics is the worldwide leader in diagnostic testing equipment. The Titan, otoacoustic emissions, impedance, and ABR device, offers a space saving hand held design that can be customized to meet hospital needs. The members served by Novation (including members of VHA Inc., UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista) will be able to purchase a wide variety of audiometric medical devices from MAICO and Interacoustics effective immediately.
Intelligent Ventilation During MRI Procedures
Hamilton Medical has unveiled its HAMILTON‐MR1 ventilator, which allows medical professionals to take patients from the ICU to the MRI suite and back without having to change anything about the ventilation, even when they are on an advanced mode. This diminishes the risks for lung de-recruitment and a patient setback, which would keep patients in the hospital longer and make their stay more uncomfortable. The new Neonatal option now also optimizes the HAMILTON‐MR1 for MR‐compatible neonatal ventilation. With tidal volumes as low as 2 ml, safe, and lung‐protective ventilation of even the most fragile patients is guaranteed. The intelligent leak compensation function IntelliTrig automatically adjusts the inspiratory and expiratory trigger sensitivity to potential leaks. This enables optimal synchronization with the neonate’s breathing pattern. The small and rugged housing, an integrated high‐performance turbine, and powerful internal batteries make the HAMILTON‐MR1 ideal for patient transport and easy to handle for the caregiver. The wide range of modern and classic ventilation modes guarantees that before, during, and after the MRI procedure, all of your patients from neonates to adults receive the same high level of ventilation care as at the bedside. The HAMILTON‐MR1 is the first ventilator able to be used at a magnetic field strength of 50 mT, equivalent to 1 m distance for a 3T static magnetic field scanner, without creating any MR image artifacts. Positioning a medical device too close to the MRI scanner can have fatal consequences. For maximum safety, the HAMILTON‐MR1 continuously monitors the magnetic field with TeslaSpy, an integrated gaussmeter, and gives you an audible and visual signal if you are getting too close.
B&B Adds to Team
B&B Medical Technologies announced that respiratory sales and marketing management veteran Stu Novitz has joined its team as the company expands its growing international presence and strengthens its distributor network. Novitz brings with him a wealth of experience working with distributors within the hospital homecare and long-term care market, having recently spent the last four years at Clement Clarke spearheading the company’s efforts to extend its reach into the North American medical markets. Joining in advance of B&B Medical’s new product rollout, Novitz will make an immediate contribution to the company’s continuing success. Novitz joins B&B Medical Technologies as Vice President of Sales and Marketing to advance B&B’s reputation for providing specialty airway solutions to clinicians worldwide. “I look forward to working with the management team to further define our action plans that will ensure B&B’s long-term growth strategy. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company with enthusiastic goals for developing innovative, new products,” said Novitz. B&B’s newest product on the horizon is a solution for the Neonatal Critical Care market and that is only the beginning — the company’s development plan is to launch new products each year.
Dispensers Aim to Prevent Mix-ups
NeoMed, a developer and manufacturer of neonatal enteral systems and oral dispensers, has launched its ISMP-compliant Oral Dispensers. The Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP) published their 2014-15 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals in January 2014. The ISMP recommends in Best Practice #5 to “use liquid medication dosing devices (oral syringes/cups/droppers) that only display volume using the metric scale (mL)”. The ISMP hopes to reduce the risk of medication measurement mix-ups by standardizing the method for liquid measurement. In response to this best practice recommendation, NeoMed has removed all teaspoon gradient markings from their Pharmacy Oral Dispenser line. NeoMed offers a full line of amber and clear oral dispensers from sizes 0.5 mL through 60 mL that comply with the ISMP recommendations. NeoMed’s oral dispensers feature an O-ring plunger design for smooth and accurate delivery, which aligns with distinct gradient markings for precise measurements. The plugged, hands-free, self-righting tip caps create an airtight and watertight seal to secure the dispenser’s contents.
New Name Turns a Corner for Chiesi
Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on commercializing products for the U.S. hospital and adjacent specialty markets, today announced an official name change to Chiesi USA Inc. following the completion of its acquisition by Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. The acquisition, making Cornerstone a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiesi, and this name change are the last steps in a process that began when Chiesi became Cornerstone's majority shareholder in 2009. "As Chiesi USA, we look forward to offering our patients and providers more benefits than ever before," said Ken McBean, President of Chiesi USA. "The additional resources made available by this merger will allow Chiesi USA to provide greater support for research and development initiatives while maintaining our commitment to the key therapeutic areas we serve. Being part of a global company also offers our employees additional opportunities for growth and additional support needed to build upon our success." Chiesi USA will continue to market its existing portfolio of products to the hospital and adjacent specialty markets and will actively pursue licensing and acquisition activities in these areas. Chiesi USA's headquarters will remain in Cary, N.C.