CheckUps Signs Supply Agreement with Bioject for Needle-Free Injections in its Walk-in Clinics.
Bioject's needle-free technology enables CheckUp's nurse practitioners to inject medications without using a needle to penetrate the muscle, which creates "needle-phobia" in many patients. In some cases, the fear of needles has frightened people away from getting a flu shot.
Bioject needle-free injections force medication at high speed through a tiny orifice held against the skin. This creates a fine stream of high-pressure fluid penetrating the skin and depositing medication in the tissue beneath, explained Dr. Neal F. Krouse, president of CheckUps.
"These 'needle free injections' are being introduced to the public at all CheckUps clinics, having previously been successfully tested for years by the Department of Defense," said Dr. Krouse. "This is the more comfortable alternative that the public has been waiting for - and it's a good way to get a flu shot this season."
From the patient's standpoint, this method of injection provides an alternative to a traditional needle and syringe injection. From the administrator's standpoint, Bioject injections reduce the potential for needle-stick injuries to the medical staff.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, every year in the United States, on average, five to 20 percent of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu. The CDC says the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each fall.
"Bioject welcomes the opportunity of being associated with CheckUps in providing convenient, safe and cost-effective flu vaccinations to the public," said Jim O'Shea, Chairman, President, and CEO of Bioject. "We believe that this convenient method of receiving inoculations will encourage more people to come in for flu shots."
CheckUps has an agreement with Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) to install and operate 19 additional new clinics inside Wal-Mart stores in the southeast by the end of 2006. The company already operates four clinics, three in south Florida and one in the Jackson, Miss. area.
CheckUps offers patients convenient, affordable, accessible premium health care without the wait typically associated with a physician's office, traditional walk-in clinic or emergency room. All CheckUps feature state-of-the-art technology, private exam rooms, and diagnostic equipment staffed by certified nurse practitioners who work collaboratively with local physicians to address medical conditions from pediatrics to geriatrics. More information is available at www.CheckUpsUSA.com.
Bioject Medical Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq (SC): BJCT) based in Tualatin, Oregon, is an emerging drug delivery company developing the world's leading technology for needle-free injection of liquid medications. Bioject's technology works by forcing liquid medication at high speed through a tiny orifice held against the skin. This creates an ultra-fine stream of fluid that penetrates the skin, delivering medication in a fraction of a second. Bioject's systems are designed to deliver injected medications comfortably, accurately, and quickly - without the use of a needle. More information is available at www.bioject.com
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|Date:||Oct 18, 2006|
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