Medline markets first concentrator, scooter

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

MUNDELEIN, Ill. - Medline’s interest in the HME market ramped up significantly this spring as the company received FDA marketing clearance on its first oxygen concentrator and its first two scooters.

Medline first showed its concentrator at Medtrade last fall and has been distributing another manufacturer’s scooters in recent months, but it was not until March that Medline got its 510(k) on two scooters in its Strider line and its NuVO2 concentrator.

The Repair Center, of Strongsville, Ohio, will provide repair services, technical support and in-house service for the scooter line. Medline co-developed the scooters with Days Medical in the United Kingdom and is manufacturing the product in Taiwan.

Medline developed its concentrator in conjunction with Nidek and will service them at 12 repair centers throughout the United States.

“Now we have scooters, concentrators, tanks, regulators,” said Tom Tucker, vice president of sales for DME and respiratory at Medline. “All the major things a customer is looking for, we have a competing product for.”

The new 0-5 lpm concentrator weighs 50 pounds, produces oxygen at 90%-plus purity and features filters that can be accessed from the outside.

“Technologically, the key feature is a wicking system that removes condensed moisture,” said Tucker.

The new three-wheeled scooter weighs 170 pounds; the four-wheeled scooter weighs 186 pounds and breaks down into four parts plus batteries in one-to-two minutes, according to Tucker. The heaviest disassembled part of the four-wheeler weighs 53 pounds.