Benjamin P. Saylor is associate editor of Urology Times, an Advanstar Communications publication.
New products and services from UroGPO, Caldera Medical, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, VIVUS, and Jeffrey Albaugh, PhD, APRN.
Urology-specific GPO addresses needs of large, progressive practices
Cleveland-UroGPO bills itself as the first and only community, urology-specific service organization and group purchasing organization. UroGPO is comprised of many of the largest, most progressive independent urology practices in the country. Goals of the UroGPO consortium are to make a significant positive impact on in-practice operational efficiencies and how patients are treated clinically, through cost reduction and efficient utility of products and services, as well as to help bridge the gap between industry and the urology community. UroGPO interacts with industry manufacturer partners to ensure successful product launches, efficient market penetration, and appropriate treatment decisions within the urology community through educational programs, the company says.
For more information, visit www.urogpo.com.
Slings for incontinence expand treatment armamentarium
Agoura Hills, CA-Caldera Medical recently introduced new FDA-cleared solutions for stress urinary incontinence. The Desara Blue (shown here) is a blue version of Caldera Medical’s universal sling system and provides surgeons with their choice of multiple surgical approaches by utilizing reusable instrumentation. The blue color provides exceptional visibility both during and after the procedure. Another new device, the Desara SL, utilizes Desara mesh in a shorter 12-cm length to minimize the amount of mesh implanted.
For more information, visit www.calderamedical.com.
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Companies enter into market agreement for ED treatment
Chesterbrook, PA-Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recently announced the signing of an agreement with VIVUS, Inc., providing Auxilium with the exclusive right to market VIVUS’s erectile dysfunction treatment avanafil (STENDRA) in the U.S. and Canada. The parties also simultaneously signed a commercial supply agreement pursuant to which VIVUS will be initially responsible for the manufacture and supply of avanafil to Auxilium.
For more information, visit www.auxilium.com.
Book offers relationship guidance for couples facing prostate cancer
Pitman, NJ-”Reclaiming Sex & Intimacy After Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Men and Their Partners” is a research-based book that guides both men and their partners to a fulfilling sexual relationship after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Written by advanced practice urology clinical nurse specialist Jeffrey Albaugh, PhD, APRN, the book helps men and their partners understand prostate cancer treatment options and their side effects, increase knowledge about sex and intimacy, prevail over erectile dysfunction, and learn how to preserve penile function after treatment.
For more information, visit www.drjeffalbaugh.com.
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