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AVIVA Line of Intravenous Solutions

Baxter Healthcare Corporation received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its new AVIVA premium line of intravenous solutions and plans to begin a limited launch of the new line in the second half of 2006.


AVIVA containers are made of non-PVC (non-polyvinyl chloride) film, contain no latex, and offer a DEHP-free (di [2-ethylhexyl] phthalate-free) fluid pathway to patients. The new AVIVA container line, which features Baxter's ENLIGHTENED HRBC bar code, includes the most common and widely used intravenous (IV) solutions and is complemented by a broad offering of non-DEHP IV administration sets. Products packaged in AVIVA containers will initially be available to a limited number of pilot center sites for specialty use. Baxter will be conducting a targeted launch with a select group of customers in 2006 and anticipates broader availability of the product line in 2007.


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GRIPPER PLUS Safety Needles with Enhanced Needlestick Safety

Smiths Medical MD, Inc., recently added a new version of their popular GRIPPER PLUS Safety Huber Needles to the existing product line. The new GRIPPER PLUS Safety Huber Needles with a Luer-activated needleless access connector will allow direct connection of a syringe or tubing with standard Luer accommodating additional patient therapies. With this addition to the GRIPPER PLUS needle product line, Smiths Medical now offers 3 configurations of the extension set that connect to the needle, including a nonauxiliary site, a split septum needleless access auxiliary site, and the new Luer-activated needleless access auxiliary site.


GRIPPER PLUS Safety Huber Needles are used to deliver medications intravenously through a patient's implanted port. Their unique feature is a safety arm that is lifted to lock the needle into a protected position when deaccessing it from an implanted port. An audible click provides clinicians with confirmation that the deaccessed needle is in its locked safety position. With the addition of a needleless access site, GRIPPER PLUS Safety Huber Needles continue to be an important part of an organization's needlestick safety program.


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Figure. GRIPPER PLUS... - Click to enlarge in new windowFigure. GRIPPER PLUS with needleless access connector