New Products and Services

August 15, 2004

Minnetonka, MN-The FDA has cleared for marketing American Medical Systems' 700 Tactile Pump, the latest addition to the AMS 700 line of penile prostheses.

FDA clears prosthetic pumpfor erectile dysfunction Minnetonka, MN-The FDA has cleared for marketing American Medical Systems' 700 Tactile Pump, the latest addition to the AMS 700 line of penile prostheses.

The Tactile Pump is designed to improve patient ease of use and device operation, according to American Medical Systems. It contains ridges of silicone on the pump bulb, creating an easy-grip surface for ease of inflation.

The Tactile Pump will be widely available in October.

For more information, call (800) 328-3881 or (952) 933-4666; http://www.AmericanMedicalSystems.com/.

FDA approves genericversion of drug for retention Neptune, NJ-WellSpring Pharmaceutical has received FDA approval to market bethanechol chloride under the brand name Duvoid. The drug, a cholinergic agent, is indicated for the treatment of nonobstructive urinary retention and for neurogenic atony of the bladder with retention. It will be positioned as a generic alternative of the original brand of bethanechol, Urecholine.

For more information, visit http://www.wellspringpharm.com/.

Online tool aids in coding, claims, and payments Yakima, WA-CodeCorrect and DecisionHealth have teamed up to launch DecisionCoder, an Internet-based physician revenue tool.

DecisionCoder helps physicians select the right code, speed claims processing, and facilitate prompt, correct payments. It also helps to minimize reimbursement denials and delays. The tool combines critical payer coding and payment information with libraries of coding, billing, and compliance information.

Features include: CPT, ICD-9-CM, and HCPCS codes sets, searchable by code or keyword; coding guidelines and Medicare carrier bulletins; physician fee schedule information; CCI edits; global surgical period information; answers to complex E&M questions; and clarification of confusing documentation and auditing issues, the company says.

For more information, contact (866) 847-1968; http://www.codecorrect.com/ ; http://www.decisionhealth.com/.

Reference book examinesmen's reproductive physiology Boca Raton, FL-"An Atlas of Reproductive Physiology in Men," from CRC Press, summarizes some of the latest research in the field.

Filled with tables, illustrations, and photographs, the book covers laboratory technology as well as morphologic, anatomic, biochemical, immunologic, hereditary, and microbiologic parameters and their clinical applications.