Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Introduces New Flow Generator and Humidification Technology for OSA Treatment

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited (NZX:FPH,   ASX:FPH)   announced   today  that  it  has  introduced   a  range  of  innovative   flow generators which are intended for use in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The first two new products in the range are the HC600 series and the HC230 series.  The company expects to introduce several additional devices based on the new platform over the next two years.

The HC600 incorporates ThermoSmart™ heated breathing tube technology which provides optimal levels of humidity independent of external conditions. The company believes that the benefits of ThermoSmart™ will include reduced symptoms due to airway drying, improved patient comfort and more effective continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

The HC230 integrated flow generator offers a greater pressure range, altitude adjustment and enhanced user ergonomics. The HC230 series also incorporates Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s patented Ambient Tracking® PLUS auto-adjusting humidification technology.

“We believe that these new products will offer significant benefits for OSA treatment. In the HC600 we  have  applied  our  world  leading  intensive  care  humidification  technology  to  OSA  therapy, providing increased humidity which can enhance treatment for CPAP users.” said Michael Daniell, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s Managing Director and CEO.

Both  new  flow  generators  have  been  introduced  in  New  Zealand,  Australia  and  Europe.  The HC230 series has received FDA clearance and will be introduced in the United States in October. The HC600 series will be introduced in the US once FDA clearance has been received.

About Fisher  & Paykel Healthcare
Fisher   &  Paykel   Healthcare   is  a  leading   designer,   manufacturer   and  marketer   of  heated humidification  products  and systems  for use in respiratory  care and the treatment  of obstructive sleep  apnea.   It also  offers  an innovative  range  of patient  warming  devices  and neonatal  care products.  The company’s products are sold in over 90 countries worldwide.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Michael Daniell MD/CEO on +64 9 574 0161 or Tony Barclay CFO on +64 9 574 0119 at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation Limited or by visiting the company’s website at  www.fphcare.com