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CVS/pharmacy bolsters exclusive brands with new Hospital Series wound-care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced the launch of its new exclusive Hospital Series wound care products, the latest addition to the growing family of exclusive CVS/pharmacy store brand product lines.

Previously, these types of wound care options were only available at hospitals and select specialty medical stores; however, with the launch of this line, CVS/pharmacy is the exclusive retailer now offering these products directly to consumers nationwide. 
 


Enhanced by Safetac technology adhesive, CVS/pharmacy Hospital Series wound care dressings, bandages and scar treatments are designed to reduce both the pain and tissue damage associated with wound management. This means the bandages can be removed with less risk of damaging the wound or the surrounding skin. Whether used for chronic or acute wounds, like post-op or diabetic wounds, these products can decrease pain during dressing changes by reducing the likelihood of maceration, blistering and skin stripping.


“We’ve partnered with Mölnlycke Health Care, the world-leading provider of single-use surgical and wound care products, to bring affordability and convenience to our customers needing advanced wound care,” stated Cia Tucci, VP of store brands for CVS/pharmacy. “Through the launch of this exclusive line, we’re making it easier for millions of patients to have access to high-quality wound care solutions during healing, right in their own homes. This is a perfect complement to our corporate mission of helping our customers on their path to better health, and we are proud to be the first national retailer to offer these options.” 
 


The CVS/pharmacy Hosptial Series wound care line contains three primary types of products:
 

  • Mepilex Border Lite Foam Adhesive Dressings: Very thin, comformable, self-adherent, all-in-one dressings. These dressings create a barrier to keep moisture and bacteria out.
  • Mepiform Scar Treatment Dressings: Self-adherent, comfortable, flexible dressings designed for managing hypertrophic and keloid scars. Thin and discreet, these dressings can be worn during regular daily activities and are clinically proven to flatten, soften and fade both new and old scar tissue.
  • Mepitel Film Skin Protectant Dressings: Conform to the wearer’s body and provide a flexible, breathable covering that protects the skin or wound from outside moisture and bacteria. Transparent for easy inspection, these dressings also limit the risk for damage to newly formed tissue. Mepitel Film provides instant tack adhesion that minimizes the requirement of extra pressure to fixate well.


The line is available in-store and online now, with prices starting at $9.99
 

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Pharmasmart exclusively recognized by American Society of Hypertension in new clinical guide

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The American Society of Hypertension has published a first-of-its-kind clinical guideline addressing use and validity of public blood pressure kiosks, entitled "Public Use Blood Pressure Kiosks: A Guide for Clinicians." 
 
The guideline recognized PharmaSmart, a Rochester, N.Y. based leading manufacturer of biometric kiosks, as uniquely qualified among kiosks for use in the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension.
 
According to ASH, the guideline is intended to support “physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists” in the proper use of blood pressure kiosks in clinical care. The authors stated that clinically validated blood pressure kiosks “can be of use in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, especially for the diagnosis of hypertension,” yet they warned of the “shortcomings of many kiosks and the frequently inaccurate BP values obtained”.
 
PharmaSmart was the only device named in the guide, and was credited for both its “unique cuff technology that is not limited by arm circumference,” and for its peer-reviewed, published clinical accuracy.
 
In a press release announcing the guide publication, co-author and ASH President Domenic Sica, stated, "In the United States alone, more than one million blood pressure readings are taken with public blood pressure kiosks every day. The goal of this new guide is to provide clinicians the information they need to confidently advise patients on the benefits and limitations of public blood pressure kiosks.”
 
The ASH guideline noted the recent FDA consumer update (published June 2014) that outlined the limitations of many FDA cleared kiosk devices. Specifically, the FDA noted the probability of inaccurate readings on large and small arm sizes due to cuff size limitations of many devices. The ASH guideline went on to note that the FDA does not require standardized or peer-reviewed validity testing of blood pressure devices for market clearance. In light of this regulatory gap, the guideline concluded, “the physician and patient need to be aware of the validation status, not just FDA clearance, and be knowledgeable about proper cuff size effects on BP measurement accuracy.”
 
Bruce Alpert, co-author and blood pressure measurement expert, stated, “Self-measurement of blood pressure outside of the office on a validated device provides valuable diagnostic information to the care team, and has been shown to improve the management and control of blood pressure. Research has also demonstrated that integration of the pharmacist into the care model improves blood pressure control. This new guideline recognizes the enormous potential of validated, public-use blood pressure kiosks for improved hypertension diagnosis, treatment, and overall blood pressure control.”
 
Mark Niebylski, CEO of the World Hypertension League, added, “This new guideline reinforces the fact that blood pressure kiosks are not created equal. It is essential that patients, physicians, and pharmacists select the right device. PharmaSmart offers physicians a credible, accessible, low-cost solution they can recommend to their patients, and it offers pharmacists a unique opportunity to coordinate care with their local physicians in support of improved hypertension screening, diagnosis and therapy management.”

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Chinese consumers will soon enjoy three-hour shipping

BY Michael Johnsen

BEIJING – Reuters on Tuesday reported that Alibaba Group is rolling out a three-hour delivery service for healthcare products in five Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. The company plans to expand the service to 19 cities by the end of 2015. 
 
"The service, called 'Ji Su Da' or "fast delivery", links shoppers who buy eligible products to the nearest of more than 1,500 drug stores," Reuters noted. "Cainiao, an Alibaba affiliate operated in partnership with various logistics firms, collects and delivers the order."
 
"This service is ideal for consumers who need non-prescription drugs and other healthcare products quickly," Xu Hui, head of Cainiao Ji Su Da, told Reuters. "This service effectively mobilizes resources at both online and offline stores, which in turn brings the customers a seamless shopping experience."
 
Products beyond healthcare will be added in the future, Reuters reported. 
 
 

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