LifeScan, Apple demonstrate prototype diabetes management software
MILPITAS, Calif. Johnson & Johnson’s LifeScan on Tuesday demonstrated a prototype diabetes management software application, integrating the company’s OneTouch blood glucose meters with the Apple iPhone and iPod touch products. LifeScan was one of a handful of companies invited by Apple to develop and preview innovative new applications at Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0 software event, the company stated.
Using a modified OneTouch Meter, the prototype application demonstrated transmission of a blood glucose test result to the Apple iPhone. Once on the iPhone, test results were available for integration with other information in a series of user-friendly graphics, including the user’s level of glucose control over time relative to targets established with his or her healthcare professional.
The application also will include a customizable food database to help users determine the amount of carbohydrates consumed during meals. Future applications also may include the capability for users to calculate a bolus insulin dose based on the last glucose result and the number of carbohydrates that will be consumed.
The new OneTouch/iPhone application is in the early stages of development, the company noted.
Naturally Vitamins launches dietary supplement for food intolerances
PHOENIX Naturally Vitamins last week launched Histame, a dietary supplement formula for consumers who suffer from food intolerance.
The active ingredient in Histame, enzyme diamine oxidase, has been acknowledged by the Food and Drug Administration as a new dietary ingredient, the company noted.
It is estimated that up to 25% of the population suffers from food intolerance, an adverse reaction to foods rich in histamine due to a deficiency of the body’s digestive enzyme. Effects can range from common digestive problems including abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, constipation and flatulence, to facial flushing, headaches, nasal congestion, skin rash and itching.
Histamine levels are naturally high in certain foods, including bananas, pizza, tomatoes, chocolate, select cheese, processed and smoked meats, sausages, coffee, wine and beer.
Many food intolerances are confused with food allergies, Naturally Vitamins noted, explaining that a food allergy is an abnormal response to food, triggered by the body’s immune system. In contrast, nonallergenic histamine food intolerance is mostly brought on by foods not processed properly in the intestinal tract.
Emerson Group EVP promoted to president
WAYNE, Pa. The Emerson Group on Tuesday promoted Rick Wellinger to president, where he will oversee the activities of the sales division of the company, reporting to Scott Emerson, who remains the president of the corporation.
“Our goal is to be able to continue to provide innovation and executional excellence to both our client manufacturers and our trade partners,” Emerson said. “The promotion of these key individuals in our company will help us to continually work toward that goal and to anticipate the many challenges facing the industry and to respond quickly and decisively.”
Wellinger, formerly Emerson EVP, will also continue with his sales responsibilities managing the Walgreens business.
Ed Morgan, who was recently made a Partner, has been promoted to VP customer relations. Morgan will lead Emerson Group activities in relationship building with clients and trade partners. Additionally he will continue to co-manage the company’s Walmart business.
Patrick Gibbons, a founding partner of the Emerson Group, has been promoted to VP operations for both the Emerson Group and Emerson Healthcare, the company’s logistics and fulfillment division.
Marilynn Martin has been promoted to senior partner, where she will continue to manage the company’s Target business.