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Parents of Asthmatics Can Breath Easier - - New Device Helps Parents School Nurses and Children to Track Medication Usage From Inhalers

NEWTON, MA - /PR Newswire/ - July 15, 1997- With the start of the new school year the task of monitoring children's asthma is often a responsibility shared by parents, school nurses and children themselves. According to a pediatric allergy specialist a new device can help track medication usage from Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs), the most common delivery system for asthma medication.

The DOSER was developed by NEWMED Corporation. It is available at pharmacies nationally or by calling 800/863-9633 (retail price $29.95-34.95). See http://www.doser.com, for more information.

"This device goes a long way to solving the problems faced by millions of asthmatic children and their parents: remembering the number of 'puffs' taken and knowing how much medication remains in an inhaler at any given time," said, Dr. Henry Milgrom, a member of NEWMED Corporation's Scientific Advisory Board as well as Director of the Ambulatory Pediatric Allergy Program and a staff physician at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

The device tracks the use of medication taken from an inhaler as it is used normally. With its self contained microcomputer the DOSER counts and displays the number of inhalations remaining in the canister and displays the number of inhalations taken in the current day.

It also stores the number of inhalations taken in each of the last 30 days in its memory. A built in alert 'beeps' three times informing the user when the inhaler is nearly empty, signifying it's time for a refill. With its self-contained battery, the device lasts a full year.

Kim Kalinowski, a Michigan mother of a 12 year old asthmatic daughter said, "The DOSER gives you a sense of control over a condition that you feel like you have no control over. With the DOSER I am always confident that my daughter is taking her medication. I can take one look at her inhaler at home, or the one she keeps at school, and know whether she has taken her puffs. It basically putts an end to the guesswork." The device enables those with respiratory conditions to avoid being caught without medication.

Milgrom said, "Taking the right amount of medication and replacing an inhaler at the appropriate time is extremely important for good asthma management."

Asthma affects about 4.5 million children in the U.S. It is the most common chronic disease of childhood and is the leading cause of hospital admissions, Emergency Room visits and school absences for children, according to the National Asthma Education Prevention Program.

With the DOSER:

It is easy to coordinate the day-today supervision of the condition between school nurses, teachers, and children and to know if a child has over or under used an inhaler. Parents can better monitor children's medication usage and have reliable information about how much medication their child has taken. The important information regarding inhaler usage may contribute to improved communication with the child's pediatrician. Following doctors' instructions is simpler, especially for those on daily medication.

To find out where you can purchase the DOSER in your area, call MEDITRACK Products, 1-800-863-9633.



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