New Urology Products and Services

July 29, 2013

New products and services from GenomeDx Biosciences, the Coding Institute, Astellas Pharma US, Greenbranch Publishing, the National Association for Continence, Perrigo Co., the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, and the Brewer Co.

Recently launched iPad app provides 3-D model of prostate, bladder

San Diego-UroSketch 3D, an application that provides a three-dimensional model of the prostate, bladder, and surrounding organs for use by physicians during consult with their patients, is now available for download and works with any iPad and iPad mini using the iOS 6 software. UroSketch 3D, developed in collaboration with Vancouver-based Conquer Mobile and a panel of urologists, consists of preset three-dimensional model views that allow a physician to zoom in on an image and show the image in 360-degree rotation. The app also offers illustration of different tumor stages and other features that currently focus on the prostate, according to GenomeDx Biosciences, which launched the app.
For more information, visitwww.genomedx.com.

Newsletter provides updates, guidance on ICD-10 transitionDurham, NC-The newly updated and revised ICD-10 Coding Alert newsletter provides step-by-step, accurate, and authoritative guidance on making the transition to ICD-10, according to the Coding Institute. Each issue includes the latest ICD-10 updates, new ICD-10 coding conventions to factor into training, specifics on a variety of diagnoses and how they will change, and more.
For more information, visitwww.codinginstitute.com.

FDA OKs once-daily prophylaxis for kidney transplant patientsNorthbrook, IL-Astellas Pharma US, Inc. recently announced that the FDA has approved tacrolimus extended-release capsules (ASTAGRAF XL) for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients receiving a kidney transplant with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and corticosteroids, with or without basiliximab (Simulect) induction. ASTAGRAF XL is the first once-daily oral tacrolimus formulation available in the U.S. for kidney transplant recipients, according to Astellas. The agent offers a potentially promising treatment option for appropriate kidney transplant recipients as a core component of an immunosuppressive regimen for the prophylaxis of organ rejection.
For more information, visit www.astellas.us.

Book offers advice, information on managing online reputation

Phoenix, MD-Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices is a single, practical, comprehensive resource that health care providers can use to improve their reputation online, according to publisher Greenbranch Publishing. Written by Kevin Pho, MD, (founder of KevinMD.com) and Susan Gay, the book includes information and advice such as why an online presence is important for doctors; how patients use social media and look for physicians and medical practices; guidance on how practices can brand themselves on the major social media sites and drive Google traffic through content; and profiles of major ratings sites.
For more information, visit www.greenbranch.com.

NAFC releases web, print assets for continence care managementCharleston, SC-The National Association For Continence (NAFC) has added a Continence Care Management section to its website, www.nafc.org, housing practical information and guidance for family caregivers and home health aides on how to manage incontinence in those they care for. Additionally, a new printed pamphlet, Caregiver Reference Guide: Continence Care Management, and educational slide series were produced to further supplement this online content. Clinically reviewed by Diane Newman, DNP, BCB-PMD, the pamphlet contains information about diet, skin care, absorbent products, and medical coverage.
For more information, visit www.nafc.org.

Generic version of overactive bladder treatment now availableAllegan, MI-Perrigo Co. recently announced that a generic version of the overactive bladder drug trospium chloride has received FDA approval and is now available. Trospium, also marketed under the brand name Sanctura XR, is a once-daily medication for the treatment of OAB with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency.
For more information, visitwww.perrigo.com.

Bladder cancer handbook helps patients learn about Dx, treatmentsBethesda, MD-The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network’s (BCAN) first handbook for newly diagnosed patients helps patients learn about their diagnosis and treatment options to enable them, with the help of their medical team, make informed choices about their continued medical care. The handbook offers a variety of information about the disease, including the types of tests used to diagnose bladder cancer, what it means to stage and grade the disease, an overview of the types of treatments prescribed, as well as resources for the proactive patient, according to BCAN. The handbook is currently available for download free of charge.
For more information, visit www.bcan.org.

Power exam table designed to accommodate 700 pounds

Menomonee Falls, WI-The Brewer Access High-Low Exam Table 700 is the first power exam table solution in the industry to offer a 700-pound weight capacity to meet the demands of an increasingly heavy patient population, according to the Brewer Co. The table’s design provides an 18-inch profile in the seated position to allow level transfer from standard wheelchair heights, complete with upright seat back and safety grab bars to simplify reliable patient transfers. The system also offers abundant storage capacity with Brewer’s signature pass-through drawer system.
For more information, visit www.brewercompany.com.UT

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