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NEWMED Corporation Launches the DOSER, New Device for Asthmatics Indicates Amount of Medication Remaining in Inhaler and Tracks Medication Usage From Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs)

Newton, MA - May 6, 1997- NEWMED Corporation, headquartered in Newton, MA, today announced the national launch of the DOSER, the first and only consumer product to indicate the amount of medication remaining in Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs) and to reliably track medication usage from MDIs. The lightweight DOSER attaches easily to the top of an MDI, and solves the problems faced by millions of asthmatics and other inhaler users: knowing how much medication remains in an inhaler at any given time, and remembering the number of "puffs" taken. The DOSER has received FDA 510K clearance and is available through the nation's top drug wholesalers. In the next few weeks, consumers across the country will be able to purchase the DOSER at their local pharmacies.

The DOSER, tracks the use of medication taken from a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) as the inhaler is used normally. With its self contained microcomputer, the DOSER counts and displays the number of inhalations remaining in the MDI, 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, and alerts the user when the MDI is nearly empty. With its self-contained battery, the DOSER lasts a full year. The DOSER's suggested retail price is $34.95, or less than $3.00 per month.

Because medications in MDIs are delivered through opaque aluminum canisters knowing the amount of medication remaining in the canister has always been a challenge for the millions of inhaler users. Not knowing the amount of medication in an inhaler creates a risk of being caught without medication when it is needed most. Remembering how many "puffs" of medication have been taken at any given time is often difficult and may lead to a lack of adherence to physician's instructions. The most widely prescribed products for respiratory illness are delivered through MDIs. In the U.S. alone 75 million Metered Dose Inhalers are purchased each year.

Daniel J. Hawkins, CEO and President, NEWMED Corporation said, "For the first time there is an affordable, easy to use and durable device that enables people to better manage their own respiratory health. With the DOSER's reliable monitoring features, inhaler users, parents of asthmatics and health care professionals can now have fact based information literally at their fingertips. We believe this knowledge will result in significant improvements in treatment planning for those with asthma and respiratory conditions."

The DOSER's benefits are:

  • Healthcare professionals are able to accurately monitor their patients' compliance with preventative medication, and the over/under use of rescue medication.
  • Those with respiratory conditions can avoid being caught without medication.
  • Enables easy monitoring for better self care. Makes following doctors' instructions easier, especially for those on daily medication
  • Parents can better monitor children's medication usage

Millions of people are affected by respiratory conditions. In the U.S. alone, there are about 15 million asthmatics, 5-10 million people with chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and over 50 million with allergies. Many are afflicted with more than one respiratory condition. According to the National Asthma Education Prevention Program asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting about 4.5 children in the U.S. Asthma is the leading cause of hospital admissions, visits to ER and school absences for children. Asthma accounts for: 1.8 million emergency room visits; 500,000 hospitalizations; and 5,000 deaths, in the U.S. annually.

NEWMED Corporation, headquartered in Newton, MA, is a medical device Company specializing in products that help people manage their own respiratory health. NEWMED's mission is to enable people with a respiratory condition, parents of asthmatic children, and healthcare professionals to better manage treatment. The Company was founded in 1993.

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

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