New Urology Products & Services

December 1, 2011

The newest urology products and services from Eli Lilly and Co., Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., BK Medical, Olympus America, Inc., Henry Schein MicroMD, American Medical Systems, and Segasist Technologies.

Indianapolis-The FDA recently approved Eli Lilly and Co.'s tadalafil (Cialis) tablets for once-daily use for the treatment of men who have both erectile dysfunction and the signs and symptoms of BPH, as well as men who only have signs and symptoms of BPH. Tadalafil for once-daily use is now approved for three indications: the treatment of ED (2.5 mg and 5 mg), the signs and symptoms of BPH (5 mg), and both ED and the signs and symptoms of BPH.

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

Morristown, NJ-The FDA has approved a new lower-dose formulation (2- and 4-mg) of Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s testosterone transdermal system (Androderm) for men needing testosterone replacement therapy due to a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone. The new smaller size, lower-dose testosterone patch provides testosterone administration with a 20% reduction in the active ingredient from the original strength in a smaller patch size, according to Watson.

Ultrasound technology designed specifically for robotic procedures

Peabody, MA-BK Medical's new Advanced Robotic Ultrasound Technology (ART) is an ultrasound imaging solution for robot-assisted surgery that may benefit surgeons performing robotic radical prostatectomy and robotic partial nephrectomy procedures. The ART solution is comprised of the Flex Focus 700 Ultrasound System (a mobile system with a sensitive touch screen and remote control), specialized transducers, and tools designed specifically for robot-assisted surgery.

Platform, video scope advance minimally invasive procedures

Center Valley, PA-Olympus America, Inc. recently introduced a new surgical imaging platform and deflectable videolaparoscope. Equipped with HDTV imaging capability and advanced image processing, the VISERA ELITE platform provides imaging for Olympus surgical scopes across multiple specialties. Operating on digital-chip technology, the ENDOEYE FLEX 5 videolaparoscope offers HD resolution in a 5-mm diameter scope. The deflectable tip on the ENDOEYE FLEX 5 offers surgeons the flexibility to change the direction of view, giving them a new way to observe the anatomy, according to Olympus.