Thursday, February 13, 2003
Cholesterol screening
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering cholesterol screenings on Feb. 14, 19 and 22, from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Community Room of the hospital. Participants will have the opportunity to select from two types of blood tests. One option is a Total Cholesterol test, which is a non-fasting blood test that will read the total cholesterol level. The cost is $5. The second option is a Lipid Profile test, which requires a 12-hour fasting and reads the HDL and LDL blood levels. Cost for the Lipid Profile is $15. In addition to the cholesterol screening Free blood pressure checks will be offered. Several display tables will be available this year, providing information on nutrition, cardiac rehabilitation and stop smoking program. Employees representing laboratory services, Corporate Education and Cardiac Rehabilitation will assist with the screenings. Results from the cholesterol screening will be mailed approximately two weeks after the test is performed. For additional information, call 629-6611 extension. 2404.

Flu shots available
Flu season in our area runs through April. We are just approaching what is normally the peak of the season. It is not too late to get your flu shots. Free flue shots will be given on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave., Laurel. The free flu shots are provided as a community service by St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Mammography saves lives
Getting a mammogram is now easier than ever. The new Women’s Health Screening van is coming to Bridgeville (Cannon Cold Storage parking area) on Thursday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments take only 15 minutes and Delaware residents may be eligible for a free mammogram, depending on income level and insurance. Pre-screening counseling and assistance with insurance papers will be available at the Bridgeville Senior Center on Wednesday, March 5, at 1 p.m. Feel free to sop by if you want to pre-register or have questions. Please make an appointment that could save your life. Call 800-654-0606 or the Bridgeville Senior Center at 337-8771 to make an appointment that could save your life.
CPR classes available
A variety of classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are offered this spring at Delaware Tech, Owens Campus, Georgetown. The “CPR for Family and Friends” classes are designed for lay rescuers such as schoolchildren, family members of patients at risk, and anyone who wants to learn basic CPR rescue skills. Those who require documented credentials, such as daycare providers and lifeguards, should sign up for the “Heartsaver” courses. Course completion cards will be issued to students who successfully complete the written exam and skills demonstration. Skills covered include mouth-to-mouth and rescue breathing using barrier devices. Separate classes in both “Family and Friends” and “Heartsaver” programs focus on adult CPR, infant & child CPR or CPR for all ages. For more information about CPR course dates and times, or to register, contact Corporate and Community Programs at 855-5988.

Cardizem CD settlement
Attorney General M. Jane Brady has announced a proposed settlement involving the popular heart medication Cardizem CD. The settlement, totaling $80 million, includes all 50 states, and resolves an antitrust lawsuit filed by multiple state Attorneys General against Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Aventis”), Andrx Corporation (“Andrx”) and affiliated entities. In the lawsuit, Aventis and Andrx are alleged to have engaged in an illegal agreement whereby Andrx was paid nearly $90 million to halt its effort to market its less expensive generic version of the drug Cardizem CD. In 1998 and 1999, consumers paid approximately $400 per year more than they would have paid if generic versions of the drug had been on the market sooner. This settlement marks the first time that consumers will receive direct compensation in a generic drug case. A claims administration process will be instituted, for consumers who purchased Cardizem CD or its generic equivalent at any time between January of 1998 and January 2003.