How to ensure patient centricity in drug-delivery system design

Now more than ever, it’s critical for drug-delivery systems to address usability needs and patient safety. Here are three key takeaways to ensure that patients stay central to the development process for drug-delivery devices. Kennedy Clark, West Pharmaceutical Services For the treatment of many chronic conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis,

Medtronic is closer to VenaSeal coverage: Here’s how

Medtronic is touting its new CPT codes for the VenaSeal varicose vein closure device – codes that company officials think bring the device closer to positive coverage from public and private insurers in the U.S. CMS announced the new codes on Nov. 1 as part of final rules for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CMS-1676-F)

West Pharma reveals new wearable SmartDose injectors

West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) unveiled two new wearable injectors today from its SmartDose drug delivery platform as part of the annual PDA Universe of Pre-filled Syringes and Injection Devices meeting in Vienna, Austria. West’s first-gen SmartDose device is a user-loaded injector designed to deliver high volumes of viscous drug products. Get the full story at our […]

Raumedic to present at CPhl Worldwide

Raumedic will be present at the pharma tradeshow CPhl Worldwide in Frankfurt, Germany, for the first time in several years. The event is scheduled to take place from Oct. 24-26. The company will showcase a variety of polymer products and components to trade show attendees as well as drug delivery systems and packaging solutions. Raumedic

Cold, vibrating device works like lidocaine, but faster

A cold pack and a vibrating device reduces a child’s pain that comes with IV insertion during emergency room visits just as well as topical lidocaine but quicker, according to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia researchers. The vibrating cold device can be used quickly, while lidocaine usually needs 30 minutes to take effect. It is battery-powered

West Pharmaceutical Services touts needle shield

West Pharmaceutical Services has expanded its product offerings to include the Rigid Needle Shield (RNS). The RNS helps add safety to profiled syringes with a staked needle. It also helps ensure the integrity of injectable drug products. “Pharmaceutical companies continue to look for drug packaging and delivery solutions that offer safety, efficiency and an improved

Harvard Apparatus touts pump for brain injections

Harvard Apparatus is boasting of the abilities of its Pump 11 Elite Nanomite – a single syringe infusion/withdrawal programmable syringe pump designed for precise point infusion applications. Researchers used the Pump 11 Elite Nanomite to successfully perform injections into specific sub-regions of the caudate nucleus in the brain. They repeatedly injected a 1 mm diameter target in

Needle knife therapy proven safe for inflammatory bowel disorder

The Cleveland Clinic recently published positive data from its first study that tests the safety and effectiveness of endoscopic needle knife therapy for intestinal strictures in inflammatory bowel disorder (IBD) patients. “We pioneered this procedure,” said Bo Shen, medical director of Cleveland Clinic’s IBD Center, in a press release. “And our research shows that it

6 visual impairment breakthroughs you need to know

About 285 million people have some form of visual impairment in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Of that number, 39 million are considered blind, and 246 million have low vision. Three-fifths of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. Uncorrected refractive errors are one of the main causes of vision impairment in

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Qosina boasts complete line of dilators and introducer sheaths

Qosina is touting its large selection of dilators available with and without tear-away introducer sheaths in various lengths, sizes, materials and colors: Tear-away introducer sheaths with dilators have a zero clearance dilator-to-sheath transition and are equipped with a unique locking mechanism on the hub. The sheaths are constructed of Teflon for a smoother tear-away, or pre-scored

Access Scientific announces FDA clearance for 3Fr Powerwand

Access Scientific announced the FDA clearance of its new 3 French, 6cm Powerwand — the first true Extended-Dwell Intravenous Catheter (EDC). The IV catheter is uniquely designed for forearm and upper-arm (midline) placement to eliminate the repetitive needlesticks experienced by many hospitalized patients. The 3Fr Powerwand, made of proprietary ChronoflexC, is longer than standard hospital

Researchers develop responsive, insulin-releasing skin patch

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a skin patch that measures blood glucose levels and releases insulin when levels climb too high. The team’s work testing the patch in mice was published earlier this month

How does tribology test data aid in material selection for single-use drug delivery devices?

Josh Blackmore, Global Healthcare Manager/Ben Gerjets, Product Development Engineer/RTP Company In an emergency situation, there is only one “shot” to use a single-use injection pen, safety syringe or other medical device. One of the key design challenges for single-use medical devices is ensuring the “stiction” free movement of the device on the first and only

What is endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration?

Rich Lessig/Product Manager/EndoTherapy/Olympus Corporation of the Americas First introduced in the early 1990s, endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) has become increasingly widespread as a sampling technique for extracting tissue or cell samples from lesions for definitive pathology diagnosis. Uses for EUS-FNA include cases that require the needle to be inserted into difficult-to-access locations which only can be

West expands CMO facilities in Ireland

West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) said today that it finished a 60,000 square foot expansion of its contract manufacturing facility near Mulhuddart, County Dublin in Ireland. The expansion is a response to customer demand for medical device manufacturing, especially in the area of diabetes, the company reported. West anticipates 100 new jobs will be added to