Group Purchasing

Carstens enters into agreement with HPSI Purchasing Services

Carstens Inc. is entering into a three-year agreement with HPSI Purchasing Services, with the latter selling Carstens' products in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities.

Pricing program

The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) and the Association for Linen Management (ALM) announced a pricing program for the benefit of members in both organizations. According to the agreement, ALM and ASHES will offer special discounted pricing levels for products and services to members of the other organization. This agreement will allow members of ALM to purchase products and services offered by ASHES at a discounted rate and vise versa.

Pain-relief patch available

Alpharma has announced the availability of the Fletcor Patch. The adhesive patch delivers medication directly to the pain site, offering a safe and effective alternative to widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, according to the firm.

Manor Care sale completed

Following weeks of delay, The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm, completed the sale of Manor Care Inc. for $6.3 billion, including debt.