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IsoRay (Richland, Washington) said it has signed an agreement with BrachySciences (Oxford, Connecticut), a division of Biocompatibles International (Farnham, Surrey), to distribute IsoRay's Proxcelan Cesium-131 brachytherapy seeds.

Dwight Babcock, IsoRay CEO/chairman, said the company believes the distribution agreement will enable it to increase sales of Celsium-131 within the prostate cancer therapy market. "This supports our ongoing strategy of driving sales by adding an additional outside distribution channel to augment our current sales staff," he said. "We look forward to a close working relationship with BrachySciences that will help us further penetrate the brachytherapy market."

IsoRay said the agreement would provide its physicians greater choice and flexibility in offering their patients the newest isotope available.

"BrachySciences is committed to providing the most innovative products and technologies to physicians performing prostate brachytherapy," said Jim Matons, president of BrachySciences. "We are delighted to have signed an agreement with IsoRay that will allow us to offer our physicians Cesium-131. We believe that with the combination of our highly experienced sales team and our latest delivery technologies, we are ideally positioned to expand the use of this unique isotope."

According to IsoRay, the Cesium-131 brachytherapy seed, used to treat prostate and other cancers, offers a significantly shorter half-life than the two other isotopes commonly used for brachytherapy, which results in a substantially faster delivery of therapeutic radiation, lower probability of cancer cell survival and reduction of the longevity of common brachytherapy side effects.

In other agreements/contracts news:

• MedClean Technologies (Bethel, Connecticut), a provider of technology and services for onsite treatment and disposal of regulated medical waste (RMW), said it has finalized a contract valued at roughly $1 million to provide a turnkey system to a RMW processing provider on a major island in the Caribbean Basin.

This MedClean system includes dual sterilization units, capable of treating 3 million pounds of RMW annually, as well as a high performance, volume reduction shredder, the company said. This system will enable the customer to launch a service line providing an economic RMW treatment and processing alternative to Stericycle for the island's healthcare industry. This customer will gain the added capability to effectively address confidential document destruction on the island, MedClean said.

• DR Systems (San Diego), makers of the Unity RIS/PACS, reported four new contracts with healthcare facilities totaling roughly $1.53 million. The largest contract was for more than $747,000, with the smallest at about $116,000.

The four facilities include Peninsula Imaging (Salisbury, Maryland); Yankton Medical Clinic (Yankton, South Dakota); Bath Community Hospital (Hot Springs, Virginia); and Barrow Neurosurgical Associates (Phoenix).

At Peninsula Imaging, the new PACS will be interfaced with a McKesson hospital information system (HIS). DR Systems' integrated approach to scheduling, workflow, reporting, and billing is considered an advantage in making the imaging center more competitive in its local market, according to the company.

The DR Systems PACS at Bath Community Hospital will enable this small hospital to have local radiological workflow even as most of its radiological studies are read at the University of Virginia Medical Center (UVA; Charlottesville). Implementation of the PACS will also enable Bath to more easily share images and reports with UVA and other regional partners, DR Systems noted. In particular, the PACS will improve Bath's acute stroke response by giving Bath County residents reliable and timely access to stroke treatment expertise across the Central Shenandoah Valley, the company said.

DR Systems provides enterprise imaging and information management systems for diagnostic imaging centers, hospitals and integrated healthcare networks.

• Premier (San Diego) reported new agreements for background check services have been awarded to ATS (Havertown, Pennsylvania), Pre-employ.com (Redding, California) and Private Eyes (Walnut Creek, California).

Effective March 1, the 36-month agreements are available to acute-care and continuum-of-care members of the Premier healthcare alliance.

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