Maximize Flex Spending Account Funds Before They Expire

December 4, 2008

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Omron Healthcare, Inc. reminds
consumers to take full advantage of the remaining dollars left in Flex-
Spending Accounts (FSA’s) before they expire by purchasing products to take
control of their personal and family health such as home blood pressure
monitors and nebulizers.

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As 2009 health benefit planning comes to a close, many people forget about
existing FSA funds available for use this year. Using FSA funds to purchase
important health management products is a great way to get a healthy start in
2009. It’s important to act quickly to ensure funds get used and not lost by
referencing personal FSA plans for deadlines, reimbursement eligibility and
other important requirements.

“Consumers don’t always know the full range of products that are eligible
for FSA’s such as home blood pressure monitors and nebulizers,” said Bob
, Chief Operating Officer, Omron Healthcare, Inc. “Using your FSA
funds to purchase important preventative home medical devices is a smart way
to get the tools you need to be proactive when it comes to managing your

AHA Recommends Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

Because high blood pressure — often called “the silent killer” — can be
difficult to detect in a doctor’s office setting alone and has little or no
symptoms, the American Heart Association (AHA) now recommends home blood
pressure monitoring(1) and suggests purchasing an oscillometric blood pressure
monitor that is clinically validated for accuracy. Omron offers a full line
of automatic, upper-arm and wrist monitors that are all FSA eligible and
independently validated for proven accuracy. A sampling of Omron’s FSA
eligible home blood pressure monitors include:

* Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor featuring ComFit(TM) Cuff with Morning
Hypertension Detector, (HEM 780): This monitor is the first and only blood
pressure monitor designed to detect Morning Hypertension, an important
predictor of increased risk of stroke. (MSRP $99.99).

* Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with A.P.S.(TM), (HEM-650): Portable and
easy to use when on the go, this wrist model features Advanced Positioning
Sensor technology that automatically confirms the monitor is at heart level,
ensuring an accurate reading. This monitor provides systolic/diastolic and
pulse readings, advanced diagnostics such as an irregular heartbeat detector
and an average of the last three blood pressure readings. (MSRP $79.99).

Omron home blood pressure monitors are available at Walgreens, CVS,
RiteAid and other fine pharmacies and retailers.

Breathe Easy Anytime, Anywhere

Portable nebulizer systems give patients the ability to effectively manage
and treat respiratory conditions such as COPD or children with asthma, in
order to help them breathe easy whether at home or on-the-go.

* MicroAir(R) Portable Nebulizer, (NE-U22V) (MSRP $229.99, prescription-
only): The Omron MicroAir is the world’s smallest nebulizer, weighing only six
ounces, and is cordless and operates on two AA batteries. This innovative
nebulizer does not require the mixing of medications with saline and is the
only product with VMT (vibrating mesh technology) ensuring that medication
reaches deeper in the lungs than table top nebulizers. The Omron MicroAir is
available for purchase at local pharmacies or online respiratory providers.

For more information about Omron products and where to buy, visit

About Omron Healthcare, Inc.

Omron Healthcare, Inc., located in Bannockburn, IL, is the North and South
American sales and marketing office of Omron Healthcare Group, a leading
manufacturer and distributor of blood pressure monitors for home use. With
more than 70 million monitors sold worldwide to date, Omron Healthcare Group
was the first to introduce manual and digital blood pressure monitors into the
home healthcare market. Omron Healthcare offers innovative products and
medical devices for use in sites ranging from hospitals to the home in the
blood pressure monitoring, fitness diagnostics, thermometry, and respiratory
categories. Omron Healthcare markets clinically proven products that provide
accurate health information to consumers and physicians and support positive
lifestyle changes and health improvement.

    (1) Hypertension. 2008; 52: 1 - 9


     Lexie Alcon
     Edelman for Omron Healthcare, Inc.
     (312) 240-2625

SOURCE Omron Healthcare, Inc.

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