Surefire Medical Reaches Milestone in Germany
Surefire Medical said that the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI) has issued a unique classification code (OPS) for the Surefire Infusion System, which will allow the governmental organization to track and measure the use of Surefire technology in German hospitals.
According to a release, the issuance of this code marks the first step to obtain a specific diagnosis-related group (DRG) code and the appropriate reimbursement for Surefire products in Germany.
The new OPS code - 8-83b.k - specifically calls out the use of a catheter-based infusion system with dynamic, expandable tip for selective embolization.
"This OPS code is a significant milestone for our commercialization efforts in Germany and to bringing our technology to market," said James E. Chomas, CEO and President of Surefire Medical. "We look forward to making further investment in the geography and taking the required steps to gain the appropriate DRG and reimbursement."
Early clinical evidence being presented at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) Congress this year shows the results of a multi-center registry in which the use of the Surefire Precision Infusion System to deliver therapy in the treatment of primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC) was associated with a 68 percent complete tumor response and 92 percent objective tumor response.
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Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection
Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.
The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.
"The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."
Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.
According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.
Available now in select stores and online at teaforte.com.
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