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Carex launches PostureCare wheelchair cushion

BY Michael Johnsen

NORWELL, Mass. — Carex Health Brands last week introduced the new Carex PostureCare wheelchair cushion.

Carex’s new wheelchair cushion contours for a custom fit, with side pockets that automatically inflate to the appropriate level of support for seating comfort and positioning. Featuring a machine-washable cover, the wheelchair cushion fits a wheelchair width of 16 inches to 21 inches. The new Carex PostureCare wheelchair cushion will be available in August online and at select retailers, independent pharmacies and drug stores for a suggested retail price of $69.99.

An estimated 1% of the world’s population requires the use of a wheelchair, Carex reported, citing the World Health Organization.

 

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CytoSport receives FDA warning letter around use of ‘milk’ in Muscle Milk

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO — CytoSport recently reported its receipt of a letter from the San Francisco office of the Food and Drug Administration alerting the company to concerns about its use of the word “milk” in its Muscle Milk trade name and to questions about the language used to describe Muscle Milk to consumers.

"While CytoSport is proactively and openly addressing the FDA’s labeling concerns, it is important for CytoSport’s retail partners and for consumers to understand that at no point has the FDA raised any questions or concerns about the safety of Muscle Milk products," the company stated. "The FDA’s inquiry is specifically about the use of the word ‘milk’ in the name Muscle Milk and whether the use of that term is appropriate. Concerns like this have been raised before when the dairy lobby complained that other industries or products like Soy Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk and Rice Milk are using the word ‘milk’ in connection with a product other than fluid dairy milk, all of which appeal to lactose-intolerant consumers just as Muscle Milk does."

CytoSport is working with the FDA to address the FDA’s concerns, the company added.

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Affordable Care Act ensures women receive preventive services at no additional cost

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — New guidelines that will ensure women receive preventive health services at no additional cost were announced Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Developed by the independent Institute of Medicine, the new guidelines require new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services, such as well-woman visits, breast-feeding support, domestic violence screening and contraception without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible.

“The Affordable Care Act helps stop health problems before they start,” stated HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.”

Last summer, HHS released new insurance market rules under the Affordable Care Act requiring all new private health plans to cover several evidence-based preventive services, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, blood-pressure checks and childhood immunizations, without charging a co-payment, deductible or coinsurance. The Affordable Care Act also made recommended preventive services free for people on Medicare.

Today’s announcement builds on that progress by making sure women have access to a full range of recommended preventive services without cost sharing, including:

  • Well-woman visits;

  • Screening for gestational diabetes;

  • Human papillomavirus DNA testing for women 30 years and older;

  • Sexually transmitted infection counseling;

  • Human immunodeficiency virus screening and counseling;

  • FDA-approved contraception methods and contraceptive counseling;

  • Breast-feeding support, supplies and counseling; and

  • Domestic violence screening and counseling.

New health plans will need to include these services without cost sharing for insurance policies with plan years beginning on or after Aug. 1, 2012.

For more information on the HHS guidelines for expanding women’s preventive services, click here. The guidelines can be found here.

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