November 2, 2006
CardioChek(R) Home-Use Cholesterol Test Meter Now Available at America’s Largest Retail Pharmacy, CVS/Pharmacy(R)
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For the nearly 107 million Americans with high cholesterol, monitoring levels just got easier. Starting today, the CardioChek(R) handheld meter is available over the counter at all CVS/pharmacy stores (nearly 6,200 locations) throughout the United States. CardioChek measures cholesterol and related whole blood indicators of cardiovascular risk in just two minutes.
The CardioChek meter retails at $99.99. A package of three PTS Panels(TM) Total Cholesterol Test Strips or HDL Test Strips sells for $12.99, and must be purchased separately. The products are FDA cleared.
About the CardioChek system
The CardioChek system is a hand-held analyzer used with PTS Panels Test Strips. The system monitors key health indicators related to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Home users simply insert a color-coded test strip and accompanying MEMo chip(TM) into the meter; add a small amount of blood (about 15 micro liters); and test results are displayed within two minutes.
The CardioChek analyzer stores up to thirty results in memory for future comparison. It can be programmed in one of six languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
The system is manufactured by Polymer Technology Systems Inc., an Indianapolis-based company that delivers point-of-care diagnostics to the global health care market. "As the price of health insurance and health care continues to escalate, consumers are looking for ways to monitor their health at home. The CardioChek monitor is an easy and simple way to monitor your cholesterol levels at home," says Bob Huffstodt, PTS CEO. "Having tested millions of people worldwide in doctors' offices and at health fairs with our professional system, we are very excited to now make our consumer version available to consumers at CVS/pharmacy."
CVS/pharmacy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CVS Corporation, is America's largest retail pharmacy. CVS is committed to serving the healthcare needs of all customers by being the easiest pharmacy for customers to use, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS is available at http://www.cvs.com/pressroom , as well as http://investor.cvs.com/ .
About Polymer Technology Systems Inc. (PTS)
Polymer Technology Systems Inc. is a global company headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., with sales offices in Africa, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. PTS developed and markets point-of-care diagnostic products including the CardioChek and CardioChek PA handheld analyzers. PTS has developed PTS Panels Test Strips kits for home use with the CardioChek to measure Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, and Triglycerides. PTS also offers tests for direct LDL cholesterol, Creatinine, Ketone, Glucose, Lipid panel, and other combination test strips for professional use with the CardioChek PA. For more information visit http://www.cardiochek.com/ .
Polymer Technology Systems Inc.
CONTACT: Rae Hostetler of Hostetler Public Relations, +1-317-733-8700,[email protected] , for Polymer Technology Systems Inc.
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