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Roche introduces self-testing device for coagulation monitoring

BY Antoinette Alexander

Roche is planning to make its new CoaguChek Vantus system, the first self-testing device for coagulation monitoring with built in Bluetooth technology, commercially available this summer.

With the new system, patients will be able to use their tablet or smartphone with a compatible app to send their results automatically via wireless connectivity, which enables healthcare providers to receive patient INR results rapidly and accurately, while also reducing visits to the lab.

“As healthcare systems face continued pressure to deliver improved access to care at a lower cost, increased connectivity between healthcare providers and patients becomes even more important,” said Alan Wright, chief medical officer, Roche Diagnostics. “This innovative technology sets the standard in coagulation monitoring by providing high quality, convenient testing, while optimizing the patient result reporting workflow.

Self-testing can enable patients to test more conveniently, which may improve their time in the target INR range set by their doctor as compared with in-office or lab testing. And when compared with lab testing, patient self-testing has been correlated with fewer thromboembolic events.

Self-testing provides patients with the tools and flexibility to be more engaged in their therapy and this supports better compliance. In addition, self-testing can also help patients stay connected to their doctor, who can quickly receive the results following the patient’s self-test.

 

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Xanthic, ABH Pharma to produce CBD-infused dietary supplements

BY Antoinette Alexander

Xanthic Biopharma announced on Monday that it has teamed up with ABH Pharma, a manufacturer of in-house branded and private label dietary supplements, to produce CBD-infused dietary supplements.

Using the same non-cannabis and non-hemp CBD that powers Xanthic CBD Water, ABH is able to offer CBD-infused dietary supplement products for sale alongside its non-CBD products, the company stated. All products using the Xanthic CBD powder will bear the catchphrase “Powered by Xanthic Solubles.”

According to Xanthic, the products will be sold by a variety of brick-and-mortar retailers and e-commerce sites.

“We are excited to remain on the forefront of the nutraceuticals industry with this development. The Xanthic partnership allows us to provide our customers with a competitive advantage, continuing to meet the evolving demands of consumers,” said Frank Cantone, president of ABH.

Added Tim Moore, CEO of Xanthic, “Our partnership with ABH represents an important step for Xanthic. It allows us to introduce “Powered by Xanthic” CBD powder technology to a broader consumer audience across the United States. The ABH portfolio of state-of-art dietary supplements is a perfect partner for our technology.”

 

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New line of omega-3 supplements hits market

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Algae-based nutrition brand iWi announced on Friday its nationwide launch with a line of three different omega-3 supplements: omega-3 complex, DHA and EPA.

The supplements are available at Amazon, the Vitamin Shoppe and Sprouts Farmers Market.

“Here at iWi, our purpose is to create sustainable food solutions for the planet and everyone on it — not only through farming highly sustainable algae that is good for our bodies and for our environment, but also through nurturing relationships between our farms and the surrounding communities,” said Miguel Calatayud, CEO. “Our expansion model has always been one of social sustainability. As we grow, we also work closely with the local communities to produce jobs and high quality, vegan, sustainable omega-3s and protein.”

The brand is also cultivating a new kind of farmer — one that grows in an arid landscape far from typical agricultural areas and uses one of the most sustainable methods of farming in the world. With little more than saltwater and sunshine, iWi’s sustainable, nutrient-filled algae can produce a new crop every single day, the company stated.

In the upcoming months, iWi is planning to announce a number of new products and partnerships, with omega-3 supplements being just the first wave of algae-based innovation the brand brings to market. The brand also plans to introduce protein products starting in 2019, since iWi’s algae is more than 35 percent protein by mass and contains all the essential and branch-chain amino acids, the company stated.

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