Benjamin P. Saylor is associate editor of Urology Times, an Advanstar Communications publication.
The latest products and services from Mission Pharmacal, Eli Lilly, Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp., and Inspire on Purpose Publishing.
Xerostomia oral mouth spray’s effects last up to 4 hours
San Antonio-Mission Pharmacal has launched Aquoral, a protective oral mouth spray that moistens and lubricates the mouth for up to 4 hours. The company says Aquoral differs from other xerostomia solutions because it utilizes patented oxidized glycerol triesters technology, which is designed to function like human saliva, forming a protective barrier on the oral mucosa. Dry mouth affects up to 60% of patients taking an anticholinergic agent for overactive bladder.
For more information, visit www.missionpharmacal.com.
FDA approves product label addition for PDE-5 inhibitorIndianapolis-The FDA has approved a product label addition to Eli Lilly’s phosphodiesterase-type-5 inhibitor tadalafil (Cialis) to include data from a 26-week study that showed tadalafil, 5 mg for once-daily use, started in combination with finasteride (Proscar) significantly improved the signs and symptoms of BPH as early as 4 weeks, compared to placebo with finasteride. The study was conducted in men with BPH and an enlarged prostate. Tadalafil is approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction, the signs and symptoms of BPH, and both ED and the signs and symptoms of BPH.
For more information, visit www.lilly.com.
Richard Wolf to distribute surgical fluid management system
Vernon Hills, IL-Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. has agreed to become the exclusive distributor of the Thermedx Fluid Management System, which pressurizes and delivers irrigation fluid to distend and irrigate the surgical site during certain urologic and gynecologic surgical procedures. The Thermedx System is comprised of a touch-screen-operated, electro-mechanical device that is used in combination with disposable tubing sets that carry the irrigation fluid through the device for pressurization and warming and then to the surgical site. It is primarily used in hospitals and surgery/ambulatory centers for diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy, and urologic procedures that target the prostate, kidney stones, or tumors in the bladder.
For more information, visit www.richardwolfusa.com.
Urologist’s near-death experience prompts memoir
Irving, TX-Eaten by the Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life tells the story of Emile Allen, MD, former chair of urology and vice chair of surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Allen was electrocuted while performing surgery, causing a brain injury that changed not only his career but also his identity and capabilities. Eaten by the Tiger is a collection of stories and insights acquired through his personal experiences as a surgeon, son, and patient that helped him get through the paralysis of emotional and physicial loss.
For more information, visit www.eatenbythetiger.com.
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