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Carex introduces four new assisted-living products

BY Michael Johnsen

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands recently launched four new products — the Carex Mobilator, the Carex Self Standing Cane Tip, the Carex E-Z Bath & Shower Seat and the Bathroom Safety Rail — across its portfolio of durable medical equipment and life assistance offerings.

The Carex Mobilator is a highly maneuverable four-wheeled rolling walker with a carrying compartment suited for indoor and outdoor use. The Mobilator features a lightweight aluminum frame, a detachable tray, oversized 8-in. wheels and a convenient brake bar for safety, which is suitable for one handed use. In addition, the new walker folds for easy storage and transport.

The Mobilator also has a mesh carry compartment to store personal items and sells at a suggested retail price of $162.99.

The new Carex Self Standing Cane Tip enables a cane to stand by itself. With a four-pronged tip, the self-standing cane tip provides traction, absorbs shock and cushions the user’s hand, Carex reported. Suggested retail price is $12.99. 

The Carex E-Z Bath & Shower Seat provides support for people in the bathtub or shower with non-slip feet and large, secure handles to assist users in getting up or sitting down. The Carex EZ Bath & Shower Seat supports up to 300 lbs. For convenient storage, the seat back folds flat and the legs can be removed.

The introduction of the E-Z Bath & Shower Seat coincides with a heightened demand among independent seniors for quality safety and mobility products. The Center for Disease Control reports that approximately 5.8 million persons ages 65 years or older, fell at least once during the preceding 3 months, and 31.3% of those who fell sustained an injury that resulted in restricted activity. The majority of senior falls occur in the bathroom. 

The E-Z Bath & Shower Seat is the latest addition to a growing line of bathroom safety products from Carex that includes transfer benches, safety rails, grab bars, deluxe shower sprays, bath mats and raised toilet seats. The product will retail for a suggested $65.99.

Carex also introduced a Bathroom Safety Rail. According to the company, currently 9.5% of seniors experience bathing challenges. This safety rail fits perfectly around the toilet, providing essential support for transfer and additional support when standing at the toilet. For extra security, the safety rail can be placed in front of bathroom and kitchen sinks to ensure maximum balance.

The Bathroom Safety Rail will be available January 2012 online and at select retailers at a suggested retail price of $69.99.  


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Pfizer debuts Advil testimonial starring Jon Bon Jovi

BY Michael Johnsen

ADISON, N.J. — Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Thursday unveiled a Jon Bon Jovi testimonial as its latest commercial that’s part of its "Advil Stories" campaign.

“Our ‘Advil Stories’ campaign emphasizes that everyone experiences physical pain for some reason in their lives, no matter who they are," said Srini Sripada, senior director pain management for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. "We know that Advil consumers are our greatest ambassadors and that pain is something we all share. We are excited to showcase the true stories from pain sufferers who are finding relief with Advil, and we are thrilled that Jon is sharing his story with America.”

“Pain does not have much of a place in my life. I checked the schedule and it’s not on it. You never know when Advil is needed,” Bon Jovi said. According to Pfizer, Jon injured his calf muscle on stage last year while entertaining a hometown crowd in New Jersey. He later revealed in an interview that he relies on Advil to get through the inevitable aches and pains that come with touring, setting the stage for his true Advil story. In the advertisement, which debuted Dec. 9, Jon joined other Advil users, including recently-retired talk show host Regis Philbin, who have told their stories of pain and relief in Advil’s current testimonial-style campaign.

The TV ad was shot in Red Bank, N.J., at the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, a community kitchen that recently opened as an initiative of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

The "Advil Stories" campaign launched last year. All of the stories can be viewed at TakeAdvil.com.


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Report: AgaMatrix gains FDA approval for iPhone blood glucose meter

BY Michael Johnsen

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — According to a report published Wednesday on the site of MobiHealthNews, the Food and Drug Administration has approved an iPhone glucose meter called AgaMatrix Nugget from Sanofi. "Sanofi has long planned to sell the AgaMatrix Nugget (also called the iGBStar) in the United States. It began offering the device in Europe earlier this year," MobiHealthNews reported.

AgaMatrix entered into a global marketing deal with Sanofi in March 2010 "for the development, supply and commercialization of blood-glucose monitoring solutions. Earlier this year, AgaMatrix partnered with Perrigo to provide a line of store-brand blood-glucose meters.

AgaMatrix already offers an iPhone app for people looking for help managing diabetes. (To check out the app, click here.)

For the full MobiHealthNews story, click here.

 


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