White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY pays 86 cents for a unit IV of saline solution from Hospira. How then did a patient with private insurance (Aetna) end up paying $91 for it?
IV Products - Industry Insight
This is a story about usability that has nothing to do with regulation and nothing to do, at least initially, with human factors professionals. The story begins with a patient—Cari Ugent, who was in the unenviable position of spending a few weeks in the hospital connected to an IV pole. If you’re ambulatory in the hospital, which Cari was, and if you’re on an IV, which she also was, then it’s not just a matter of lying there next to the pole; you have to bring it along with you wherever you go.
NuPathe Inc. passed this week the first regulatory hurdle in bringing to market what it hopes will be one of the first successful drug delivery patches to use disposable electronics. The microcontroller-based Zelrix migraine patch is expected to be available in the U.S. before June 2012 at cost to consumers of less than $10 for a single-use disposable patch.