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Intuity Medical intros Pogo Automatic Blood Glucose Monitoring System

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Intuity Medical launched the Pogo Automatic Blood Glucose Monitoring System at more than 2,200 pharmacies of Kroger Health. 

Pogo Automatic is the first and only FDA-cleared automatic blood glucose monitor with 10-test cartridge technology that automatically lances, collects blood and produces a glucose result at the push of a button. It does not require people with diabetes to carry or load separate lancets and test strips, the company noted.

“For people with diabetes, consistent blood glucose monitoring is essential for managing their disease, but the barriers presented by traditional meters can prevent them from testing regularly,” said Emory Anderson, president and CEO of Intuity Medical. “Intuity Medical is proud to share a joint commitment with Kroger Health pharmacies to make glucose testing simpler for customers with diabetes. We’ve done this by providing Pogo Automatic’s One-Step testing, which automatically does the work of lancing and blood collection, freeing people with diabetes from the hassles of traditional glucose testing.” 


Herstat GST makes its debut

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Genital herpes is common in the United States.

The most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates show there were 572,000 new genital herpes infections in the United States during the year 2018. Comparatively 1-in-6 American women between the ages of 14 years old and 49 years old are said to carry the HSV-2 virus, which causes genital sores, and 1-in-12 men in the same age group, according to Herstat, makers of a new OTC genital sore treatment.

The Jackson, Wyo.-based company said that despite it being a common condition, genital herpes sufferers are often subjected to the negative and unwarranted social stigma of the ailment, which is precisely why the packaging for GST has been thoughtfully designed with the consumer’s natural desire to shop in-store with privacy in mind. 

We know from our extensive global experience within the herpes space that genital herpes sufferers will regularly reach for topical cold sore products, which they will use alongside taking oral prescription meds, the company said. With this in mind, we suggest that Herstat GST sits as comfortably within the personal care/feminine care section as it does adjacent to existing Herstat products in the cold sore assortment.

For sufferers of cold sores (HSV-1) and genital sores (HSV-2), the Herstat brand is increasingly becoming synonymous with products that provide both fast acting relief and highly efficacious treatment for their unwanted symptoms, the company said.

The product will be available to retail pharmacies and mass retail Oct. 1.


ProBiora offering chewable probiotics for oral health

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Killing bad bacteria is not enough. A healthy mouth needs good bacteria. ProBiora delivers a daily dose.

Ever wonder why some people get more cavities? It’s because they naturally have more bad bacteria in their mouth. ProBiora is the natural solution, the company said. It’s a patented blend of beneficial bacteria that inhibits the growth of bad bacteria for fresher breath, whiter teeth, and healthier teeth and gums. Just chew once daily.

ProBiora is recommended by thousands of dentists because it is so effective and easy to use, and because good oral health is linked to total body health, according to the company.


CBD Move Free adds new pocket-sized balm to its line

CBD Move Free 350

CBD Move Free has launched a new pocket-sized balm to give users relief on the go.

Developed to be more affordable and provide users with a travel-size option, CBD Move Free 350 mg is a smaller version of the brand’s original CBD-infused balm, designed to fit into any pocket or purse for on-the-go relief of joint and muscle aches. CBD Move Free is also expanding its retail presence, announcing that leading grocery chain Market of Choice will now carry select products.

“We’re very excited to be expanding our brand in various ways, from adding new products to onboarding new retail partners,” said CEO and co-founder Jonas Roeser. “As we develop new products and work with more retailers, we wanted to create a high-quality product without the high price tag that comes with so many other CBD products. We’re thrilled to announce our newest product that provides a solution to the high price point and also gives our retail partners a product that’s perfectly suited for shelves.”

The new balm comes in a 2-oz. size and retails for $19.99, enabling consumers to bring CBD Move Free with them anywhere to fight inflammation and calm joint discomfort or muscle aches at a moment’s notice. The product is created from a blend of key nutrients and organic ingredients, according to CBD Move Free.


SmartSense by Digi assembles healthcare advisory board

a board room filled with furniture and a large window

SmartSense by Digi, part of Digi International, and a leading global provider of Internet of Things connectivity solutions, launched a new healthcare advisory board.

Designed to help healthcare organizations mitigate operational risk, streamline standard operating procedures and simplify compliance, the board also looks to work towards empowering, engaging and educating customers on the increasing sophistication of IoT healthcare solutions, leading to improved efficiency, patient care and safety.

“The SmartSense Healthcare Advisory Board marks an important milestone in the transformational growth for our company,” said Guy Yehiav, president of SmartSense by Digi. “The board features a diverse range of expertise drawn from some of the brightest minds in healthcare, technology, supply-chain management, patient care, pharmaceuticals and more. These distinguished industry leaders will provide insights and recommendations to healthcare organizations, enabling them to more effectively leverage IoT solutions that overcome industry challenges.”

The board will be chaired by James Langabeer, a professor of healthcare informatics and decision sciences at a major academic medical center and founder of Yellowstone Research, a boutique strategy consultancy specializing in competitive intelligence and market research for the healthcare industry.

Inaugural members include:

  • Keith Perry, senior vice president and CIO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he oversees enterprise IT strategy and execution;
  • Richard McFee, chief of supply chain management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He specializes in logistics and supply chain management, hospital support services, biomedical services and care compliance management;
  • Summer Kerley, vice president of clinical services and business development for Rite Aid. She oversees clinical pharmacy initiatives that enhance the ability to deliver a higher level of patient care; and
  • Andy Draper, CIO of HCA Continental division. In addition to his CIO duties, he has been a three-time entrepreneur and self-described sherpa for more than 12 health tech firms. He specializes in data sources, methods and technology for the plant’s journey to carbon zero.

“Many organizations have only just dipped their toes into the many opportunities that advanced technologies, like IoT, can bring to their healthcare organizations,” said Langabeer. “I’m eager to work with the other members of the board and the SmartSense team to help the industry maximize the full potential of these technologies, helping organizations improve better patient care and streamline operations.”


Coffee Mate expands coffee creamer selection with almond, oat milk options

coffee mate almond and oat milk creamers

Coffee Mate, for the first time in its 50-year history, is debuting plant-based milk creamers.

The brand’s new almond and oat milk creamers, which come in French vanilla and caramel options, combine the brand’s signature flavors with the smooth and blended base of oat and almond milk, the company said.

“As creamer fans continue to seek variety, both in flavor and ingredients, it was only natural for Coffee Mate to step into the plant space,” said Leonardo Aizpuru, Nestlé senior director of brand marketing and leader of the creamer business unit. “Now everyone can have the best of both worlds — the delicious taste of Coffee Mate, featuring plant-based ingredients.”

Coffee Mate’s Plant-Based Almond and Oat Milk French Vanilla Flavored Creamer are non-dairy, lactose and cholesterol free, and contain notes of classic French vanilla.

The brand’s Plant-Based Almond and Oat Milk Caramel Flavored Creamer feature a buttery caramel flavor with notes of almond and oat milk mixed in.

Both of Coffee Mate’s new almond and oat milk-based creamers are available in a 28-oz. size.