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Take Care Health Systems expands services; now offering nebulizer treatments at clinics nationwide

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK The fact that Take Care Health Systems has expanded its service offering to include nebulizer treatments is important for several reasons, one of which is that it will further help alleviate some of the pressure at overflowing emergency rooms.

The move also helps Take Care Health prepare to deal with chronic disease management for asthma in all of its clinics.

With rising healthcare costs, overbooked doctors’ offices and emergency rooms spilling over with patients in need of care, convenient care clinics have emerged as an integral player in the U.S. healthcare system. Providing patients with convenient, affordable and quality healthcare is the mission driving such retail-based clinics as Take Care Health, and easing the strain currently weighing on emergency rooms is certainly part of that equation.

According to National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care data provided by Take Care Health, “diseases of the respiratory system” were the third largest primary diagnosis among visits to the emergency room in 2005 and 2006, comprising of 2.8% and 3.1% of all emergency room visits, respectively.

Furthermore, Take Care Health Systems president and CEO Peter Miller stated that over the past year, its clinics have seen more than 300,000 cases of acute respiratory conditions and its nurse practitioners and physician assistants have written prescriptions for nebulizers or meter dosed inhalers for about 10% of visits.

Clearly, there is a need in the marketplace and Take Care Health has stepped up to further meet that need as patients can now turn to Take Care Clinics for those nebulizer treatments, if deemed medically necessary, and receive prescriptions for nebulizers.

As mentioned earlier, this new service offering also helps prepare the clinic operator to deal with chronic disease management for asthma in all of its 340-plus clinics, and is a nod to the future.

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Home Diagnostics, Inc. reports spike in retail sales

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Home Diagnostics, Inc. on Thursday realized a 45.2% increase in retail channel sales for the second quarter ended June 30, the company announced.

Retail sales were driven by the continued national rollout of the TRUEresult and TRUE2go blood glucose monitoring systems and the expanded product portfolio at Walmart. Though total revenue for the second quarter was $32.7 million, a decrease of 2.1%.  International sales decreased 22.3%, reflecting lower sales in Latin America following the company’s decision to limit its exposure in that region due to poor economic conditions.

“We are particularly pleased with our domestic sales which grew during the quarter, outpacing the reported results of the majority of our branded competitors, which reported sales declines for the quarter,” stated Joseph Capper, president and CEO of HDI. “This reflects our position as a leading provider of value-priced, high-quality blood glucose monitoring products. We achieved 45% growth in our retail channel, driven by strong reception of our new products, TRUEresult and TRUE2go, as well as organic growth of existing products with our major retail partners.”

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The Best for Babes Foundation set to release new pro-breast-feeding ad

BY Michael Johnsen

LITTLE SILVER, N.J. The Best for Babes Foundation on Thursday will release a provocative new ad to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week, which takes place Aug. 1 to 7 in 150 countries.

The ad is intended to relay that breastfeeding save lives and expecting moms need more help and to be better prepared around breastfeeding. The ad urges expecting mothers to find a support group, get expert lactation help, and choose hospitals and physicians that are breastfeeding friendly.

Best for Babes co-founders Bettina Forbes and Danielle Rigg contend that women are being pressured to breastfeed, but prevented from succeeding. “Moms don’t need more pressure, judgment or guilt,” Forbes stated.

The new ad will run in the Fall/Winter issue of Mom & Baby magazine and online through TheFamilyGroove.com and various blogs. Frank About Women, a marketing-to-women communications firm, donated the six-figure ad campaign.

The campaign is being backed by a growing corporate alliance of companies, including Earth Mama Angel Baby, My Brest Friend, Hotslings, Pumpease and My Baby Experts.

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