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PenJet Needleless Injector

The PenJet Corporation, a Santa Monica, CA-based company that specializes in drug delivery systems, was granted a patent in September 2002 for its gas-powered, needleless injector. This product has nearly as few parts as a conventional disposable syringe, and when produced in large quantities, will cost approximately $1 each. It is designed from high-impact plastic and can be shipped pre-filled with medication. The PenJet is small-only about half the size of a conventional fountain pen, and can be used to inject a wide range of medications-from liquid medications and vaccines to lyophilized drugs-without a needle. The item's patent (US patent no. 6,447,475) covers its gas-charged metal canister with inline barrel valve that reduces the number of parts, simplifies assembly, and assures a consistent injection. Safety features include a protective cap and safety ring that avoids accidental triggering. All of these features are intended to make injections easier for both clinicians and patients who must self-inject. For more information about the PenJet Needleless injector, visit the company's Web site at



Figure 1 - Click to enlarge in new windowFigure 1. PenJet Needleless Injector.

Megazinc Pink Assorted Size Institutional Pack

The Omega Products Corporation has introduced a new institutional pack of its Megazinc Pink Adhesive Tape. The new institutional pack is intended to offer clinicians a convenient assortment of tape sizes for multiple purposes. The new pack contains eight rolls of 1/2-inch and eight rolls of 1-inch latex-free, waterproof, zinc oxide-based adhesive tape. Megazinc Pink is designed for patients with sensitive skin and is able to remain intact when it is wet or washed; its conformability and flexibility allow for ease of application and painless removal. Contact Omega Medical at (888) 837-TAPE (8273) or visit



Figure 2 - Click to enlarge in new windowFigure 2. Megazinc Pink Adhesive Tape.

Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy

ICON Learning Systems is licensing images from Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy. Frank H. Netter, MD, rendered more than 5000 high-quality medical images that have been used by healthcare organizations for communications, education, and training. ICON acquired the collection of Netter images that depict gross anatomy, physiology, embryology, internal medicine, women's health, orthopedics, and more. Using digital technology, the company is able to make the images available in either print or digital formats, and companies who wish to use the images can purchase different collections according to their organization's needs. The collections can be viewed on the company's Web site, For more information from ICON Learning Systems, contact Licensing Manager Alison Hankey at (201) 727-5171.


B. Braun Horizon Outlook IV Safety Infusion System Is First to Address Proposed FDA Bar Code Requirements

B. Braun Medical Inc. announced its Horizon Outlook IV Safety Infusion System last fall. It is the first infusion system to meet the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiative to develop a regulation on bar code labeling for human drug products to reduce the number of preventable drug errors in the United States.


The Horizon Outlook IV Safety Infusion System uses barcode technology to ensure the "right" patient is receiving the "right" drug in the "right" dose from an "authorized" clinician. Its patented DoseScan barcode technology creates a primary level of safety-with automated checks and balances that augment the manual procedures commonly used today. Secondary protection is provided by DoseGuard software, which notifies clinicians if institution-defined dose limits are exceeded. The company believes that the combined technologies help to reduce human error and enable hospitals to provide a higher level of infusion medication delivery safety for patients.


For more information about B. Braun or its safety healthcare products, call 800-854-6851, or visit B. Braun at