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JR Biomedical Gains ISO9001:2015 Accreditation

Tuesday 24th April 2018

I am pleased to announce that JR Biomedical, the UK distributor for VivaChek blood glucose meters has today received certification to ISO9001:2015 in recognition of our ongoing commitment to quality and customer service. My thanks goes to Nicola, our Regulatory Manager, who once again has achieved certification with zero non-compliances. Dr John Rees FIBMS Director.

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Free Diabetes Meters For Diabetics in North Wales

Thursday 4th January 2018
J R Biomedical Ltd

This January, we are giving away free blood glucose meters and test strips to diabetics living in North Wales. The VivaChek meter is simple to set up and is ideal for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics with uncomplicated diabetes. The meter requires one of the smallest amounts of blood of any blood glucose meter, giving a reliable result in 5 seconds. Replacement test strips are available on NHS prescription and customer care is available by phone, online chat, web and email. Most type 2 diabetics who are not on insulin have to buy their own meters from a pharmacy. If buying online, it is important to check that the device is approved for use in the UK and that…

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Happy Christmas!

Tuesday 19th December 2017

We would like to wish all our VivaChek customers a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year! This year has been a very exciting time at our laboratory in North Wales with the launch of of the VivaChek blood glucose meter, a number of research collaborations completed and more planned for 2018. You can find out more about our products for medical research at www.jrbiomedical.com Happy Christmas!

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VivaChek in Northern Ireland

Monday 23rd October 2017

We are pleased to announce that the VivaChek Ino blood glucose monitoring system is now available in Northern Ireland. The Health and Social Board of Northern Ireland has just published their Guideline on the Choice of Blood Glucose Meters and Test Strips for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes (September 2017). The aim of the guideline is to assist healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care with the appropriate selection of blood glucose meters and testing strips for patients with type 2 diabetes to enable self monitoring of their blood glucose levels. With the current annual cost of prescribing test strips in Northern Ireland of over £8 million per year, considerable savings could be achieved by switching to the VivaChek system. Currently, 75% of…

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Effect of haematocrit on blood glucose measurements

Monday 23rd October 2017

Over and under estimation of blood glucose levels due to the haematocrit level is a common source of error in self monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG). Anaemia falsely elevates whilst polycythaemia and dehydration falsely depresses blood glucose levels. The magnitude of this effect may vary about 4 to 30% for every 10% change in haematocrit depending on the blood glucose meter used (1,2,3). According to the WHO, anaemia affects almost a quarter of the world population representing around half of pre-school children and 2 in 5 pregnant women (4). Although some blood glucose meters have errors as high as 40%, the innovative automatic haematocrit correction technology used by VivaChek ensures that the VivaChek Ino blood glucose meter provides accurate results for patients…

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Diabetes UK shop to supply VivaChek test strips, lancets and meters

Wednesday 6th September 2017

We are pleased to announce that VivaChek customers can now obtain supplies of test strips, lancets and new meters from the Diabetes UK webshop. VivaChek test strips and lancets are also available on NHS prescription. JRBiomedical supplies GP surgeries and NHS diabetes clinics with free VivaChek starter packs. For further information please contact JRBiomedical Ltd.

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VivaChek has its own Twitter account in the UK

Friday 18th August 2017

It's long overdue but we have finally decided to separate the VivaChek social media from the JRBiomedical account. We decided to set up @VivaChekUK on Twitter so that the information can be more specific for diabetics, CCGs and DSNs and provide an easy way for VivaChek users to contact us through social media. You can reach our new Twitter account here. The JRBiomedical account will continue to provide information on company news.

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Impact of the New 2017 EU Regulations on Importers and Distributors of Medical Diagnostics

Monday 22nd May 2017

This article is a brief overview of the changes to be brought about by the new regulations for medical device importers or distributors and how these may impact current supply and distribution agreements. When revising new supplier and tendering agreements, these changes and obligations should be taken into consideration to be compliant with the new regulations and to prevent any individual liability issues that may arise. Background Since 1998, all medical diagnostic tests both for professional laboratory and home use, known as IVD's (in vitro diagnostic devices) have been regulated in the EU by the In Vitro Diagnostic Device (IVD) Directive 98/79 EC. These regulations were brought in to standardise the quality and acceptable performance (accuracy, sensitivity, reliability etc) of all tests marketed…

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GlucoWell App now available for IOS and Android

Thursday 11th May 2017

The free GlucoWell App from VivaChek Laboratories Inc is now available for download from Apple and Google play for IOS and Android phones. The App installs in minutes and makes tracking your blood glucose levels simple. The GlucoWell App can also track and analyse glucose levels, diet, medication and exercise data, helping you to control your diabetes more effectively. You can also share your logbook with your healthcare professional or family. Download for free from Apple for IOS or Google Play for Android.

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New medical device regulations become UK law on 25th May 2017

Thursday 4th May 2017

With the new Medical Device Regulations (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (IVDR) being published 5th May and becoming law on the 25th of May we are pleased to provide free help and answer any questions from medicines management professionals who are commissioning medical devices. The new regulations affect all medical devices and in vitro diagnostics including blood glucose meters for self monitoring through to CT scanners and laboratory tests. Although there is a transition period, all manufacturers and distributors must follow the new regulations. To register for updates on the implications of the new medical device regulations please confirm your details.

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