Key Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market NitroDur® II (nitroglycerin) Transdermal Infusion System. Applied once a day to the chest or upper arm, Nitro-Dur® II delivers nitroglycerin through the skin for a full 24 hours. Nitro-Dur II is used to prevent the severe chest pains of angina pectoris, a condition that affects some two million Americans.
"Nitro-Dur® II," points out Allyn L. Golub, PhD, vice-president of clinical and technical affairs at Key Pharmaceuticals, Ine, "is the smallest, thinnest system available - only 0.139 mm in thickness. The nitroglycerin is an integral part of its microthin adhesive layer," he explained.
Nitro-Dur® II is translucent, permitting skin tone and texture to show through. The patch is flexible, conforming to every skin fold without loosening or buckling. Handling and application are convenient. Nitro-Dur® II has a clear plastic backing that opens easily, and no continual pressure is needed when applying. Says Dr Golub, "Nitro-Dur® II stays in place for a full 24 hours. This provides extra assurance for angina patients who are in a regular exercise program."
Nitro-Dur® II is available in five dosage strenghts - 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10 and 15 mg/24 hours. Each dosage strength package is color-coded and labeled in both mg/24 hours and cm. It will be available in boxes of 30 units - a full month's supply.
Key's original nitroglycerin patch, Nitro-Dur® (nitroglycerin) Transdermal Infusion System, revolutionized angina therapy by overcoming the shortcomings of oral and sublingual preparations and the inconvenience, messiness, and imprecise dosing of nitroglycerin ointments.
For more information, contact Key Pharmaceuticals Ine, 4400 Biscay ne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33137; or call 305-578-5800.
Wheel Chair Air Cushion
Bye Bye Decubiti® Therapeutic Wheelchair Air Cushions, manufactured and marketed by Ken McRight Supplies, Ine, offer comfort and protection against decubiti (pressure sores) and other skin problems, especially to the spinal-injured and geriatric patient.
Available in a variety of sizes, these wheelchair cushions incorporate 100% natural rubber, inflatable pads within covers of either fleece or stretch fabric materials. Inflation by either mouth or hand inflator allows each cushion to be adjusted to individual comfort requirements.
The basic, patented design provides ventilation and stability, while assuring complete body flotation at all times. The strong, durable, symmetricallyconstructed cushions may be used with either side up. Both the cushion and the cover are completely washable and remain odorless and clean during use. The pads can be sterilized by autoclave and weigh approximately two pounds, light enough to be handled by even the more severely disabled.
The wheelchair cushions are available from Ken McRight Supplies, Ine, 4756 South Oswego, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136; or by calling 918-492-9657.
Western Enterprises introduces a high-tech series of oxygen cylinders capable of offering up to 33% more oxygen while not increasing cylinder size. The new aluminum cylinder, named ENDURA-CYL™ , is available in E, D, and Medical 9 sizes. The ENDURA-CYL 120™ (E Size) offers patients and oxygen suppliers an extra two hours of oxygen service when compared with a conventional cylinder of the same size. The ENDURA-CYL 90™ (D Size) and the ENDURA-CYL 60™ (Medical 9 Size) offer similarly proportionate extended service times.
Western's ENDURA-CYL™ is produced in strict accordance with DOT regulations. Design features include a thicker cylinder wall in addition to inherent advantages of aluminum construction such as light weight and corrosion resistance.
To permit widespread use, ENDURA-CYL™ cylinders are totally compatible with all standard Western oxygen service equipment as well as with other leading brands of demonstrated quality and performance.
The ENDURA-CYL™ cylinder's "extended service" improvement is totally in accord with HCFA and carrier patient-service policies and objectives. Western offers ENDURA-CYL™ cylinders in E, D, and Medical 9 sizes, filled or unfilled, with or without valves.
For additional ENDURA-CYL™ information and specification data, write: Western Enterprises, Medical Products Division, 875 Basse« Road, Westlake, OH 44145-1196. Western Enterprises, a Scott Fetzer company, manufactures and distributes worldwide to manufacturing and healthcare markets. Western Enterprises is a member of the Compressed Gas Association.
A complete line of trays is now available to hold up to 36 medication cups with individual cards, or trays combining cup medication'with syringes. The variety of trays will meet almost any need in hospitals, nursing home, or other healthcare facilities. The illustrated M-18 Medication/Syringe Tray will hold ten cups plus eight syringes.
Quiet medication tray service is possible without metallic noise because the trays are constructed of Vs" (.0125") thickness, white, high-strength polystyrene - a durable material.
Easy handling is also possible with these trays designed with finger-grip clearance on all sides. Medication cards in three configurations and six color choices are available.
For more information, contact RAYMO Products Ine, 212 South Blake Street, Olathe, KS 66061.
Lifeline Voice Communicators
Lifeline Systems introduces its latest safeguard - the Voice Communicator.
Gerontologist Andrew S. Dibner, PhD, inventor and founder of Lifeline, developed the personal emergency response system (PERS) concept in 1973 for the purpose of improving the quality of life. Lifeline enables elderly or handicapped individuals to live independently with the assurance of reaching emergency help with just the push of a button. The new Voice Communicator - a two-way electronic message device - provides a superior safety link between elderly or disabled individuals and a local healthcare provider.
When help is needed, the Lifeline subscriber pushes a personal help button (worn as a pendant or wristband), which sends an electronic signal to the home communicator box connected to the telephone. The phone automatically dials the Emergency Response Center (ERC) where the identification of the caller is received by staff members monitoring the system.
Voice Communicator provides twoway communication between the subscriber and the staff member. This improved communication gives the subscriber a chance to describe the nature of his or her problem while the staff member can provide verbal reassurance that help is on its way. To assure clear voice communication, a special control has been built into the unit to override the effect of any background noise at the subscriber's home.
Additional safeguards offered by Lifeline include a timer that sends a signal to the ERC at 12- or 24-hour intervals unless it is reset, which occurs when the phone is used or a home communicator button is pressed. This feature assures that a call for help will be sent even if the subscriber is unconscious. Lifeline also functions during power failures, when the phone is off the hook, and when the line is busy.
There are currently 1,700 Lifeline programs in the United States and Canada serving nearly 100,000 subscribers. The cost to subscribers is a nominal fee, charged by the organization providing the service.
Information on the availability of local Lifeline programs can be secured through the company's toll-free line 1-800-451-0525 (in Massachusetts, dial 1-800-441-4014).
Leucovorin Calcium tablets, in unitof-issue packaging for easy dispensing especially during outpatient use, are now available from Lederle Laboratories. Leucovorin Calcium, discovered by Lederle researchers, is used primarily as part of rescue therapy with methotrexate in the treatment of certain cancers. The new 5 mg tablets come in child-proof cap bottles of 30 to help reduce a pharmacy's shelf-stock inventory. Leucovorin Calcium, introduced by Lederle in 1953 in parenteral form, is also available in 50 mg vials of cryodesiccated powder and ampules of 3 mg preservative-protected liquid for multiple use.
For more information, contact Lederle Pharmaceuticals at 201831-4684.