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Implantable Drug Delivery Devices—An Overview

July 1, 2013 4:13 pm | by James Arps, Ph.D., Director, ProMed Pharma LLC | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As more therapies are able to indicate implantable devices for treatment, incorporating drug delivery into them can be a significant additional benefit. Even when drug delivery is the primary function, implantable devices can be preferable. This article reviews some representative applications that device designers can leverage in developing new products for the implantable drug delivery market.

Regulatory Approval Opens the Way for European Launch of New Single-Size Contraceptive Diaphragm

June 26, 2013 11:28 am | by PATH | News | Comments

Soon, women in Europe may be taking a new look at one of the world’s oldest forms of contraception. European regulators have granted the single-size SILCS Diaphragm a CE marking, allowing the product to be sold throughout Europe. The launch is also an important step toward expanding nonhormonal contraception options for women worldwide.

Johns Hopkins Surgeons Among First in the Country to Perform a Robotic Single-Site Hysterectomy

May 30, 2013 4:33 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Two Johns Hopkins gynecologic surgeons are among the first in the nation to perform a robotic hysterectomy using a single, small incision. Amanda Nickles Fader, M.D. and Stacey Scheib, M.D. recently performed several other types of single-site robotic gynecologic procedures—including surgery for fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, and ovarian cysts and masses.

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The Future of Energy-Based Surgical Systems

May 6, 2013 2:43 pm | by Steven Walsh, Ph.D., VP of R&D, and Nikolay Suslov, Ph.D., EVP and CTO, Plasma Surgical | Blogs | Comments

Unique energy-based surgical devices afford broad clinical use in the cutting, coagulation, and ablation of tissues using a high velocity jet of thermal plasma, and the PlasmaJet surgical system is one example of this medical device evolution. Plasma is formed when sufficient energy is added to remove outer electrons from a gas to form ions.

Photo of the Day: Surgeries by Age Group

April 29, 2013 3:54 pm | by CompHealth | News | Comments

Going Under the Knife—Millions of Americans will have surgery this year. Whether it’s the result of an emergency, an exploratory procedure, or even elective, some surgical procedures are more common depending on your age. An infographic by the team at Top Surgeries Graphic - CompHealth.

Bayer to Pay $1.1B for California Firm Conceptus

April 29, 2013 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German drug company Bayer AG says it has agreed to buy California-based Conceptus for around $1.1 billion to expand the kinds of birth control it offers. Bayer said Monday it would launch a public offer to pay $31.00 per share for all the stock in Conceptus, Inc., which is based in Mountain View.

Analysts "surprised" at sudden Intuitive Surgical sell-off

March 14, 2013 4:55 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Intuitive Surgical shares suffered a sudden sell-off today after the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists released a statement questioning some of the marketed benefits of robot-assisted surgery. ACOG president Dr. James Breeden issued a statement warning that the benefits of robot-assisted surgery may also be achieved through other minimally invasive methods.

OB/GYNs Told Robot Hysterectomy Not Best Option

March 14, 2013 3:56 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Pricey robotic surgery shouldn't be the first or even second choice for most women who need a hysterectomy, says advice issued Thursday to doctors who help those women decide. The preferred method: Operate through the vagina, using standard tools rather than a robot, said Dr. James Breeden.

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Halt Medical Announces The First Commercial Use Of the Acessa™ System

March 12, 2013 3:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LIVERMORE, Calif., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Halt Medical, Inc. announced that Dr. Jay M. Berman, M.D., FACOG, has performed the first commercial Acessa Procedure in the United States. The procedure is used for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Dr. Berman performed the procedure at...

Global Gynecological Devices Market is Expected to Reach USD 5.3 Billion by 2018: Transparency Market Research

March 6, 2013 4:36 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

As per the new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Gynecological Devices Market  (Surgical Devices, Endometrial Ablation Devices, Female Sterilization and Contraception Devices, Vaginal Speculum, Tenaculum, Biopsy Forceps, Diagnostic Imaging Systems and Gynecological...

Costlier Robotic Surgery Soars for Hysterectomies

February 19, 2013 4:06 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found. The technique was used in just 0.5 percent of operations studied in 2007, but that soared to almost 10 percent by...

The AcessaT System Now Approved In Mexico To Treat Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids

February 11, 2013 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halt Medical, Inc. announced today that on January 18, 2013, COFEPRIS, a division within the Mexican Ministry of Health (Secretaria de Salud) responsible for medical device oversight, issued registration for the Acessa System to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids. "Mexico is the second...

Conceptus Announces Enrollment of First Patient in European Clinical Trial for Next Generation Essure

February 5, 2013 11:34 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Conceptus, Inc., developer of the Essure® procedure, the leading surgery-free permanent birth control method, announced today that it has initiated enrollment in its European clinical study designed to support the company's CE Mark application for its next generation Essure device.

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Richard Wolf Launches 3.8 mm Compact Hysteroscope for Gynecology

January 3, 2013 11:04 am | by Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. | News | Comments

Pushing the limits of gynecologic endoscopy, Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. introduces the 3.8 mm Compact Hysteroscope, an exceptionally happy marriage of patient comfort and physician versatility. “We are excited about the launch of this product because it is truly unique...

GE Healthcare Integrates Covidien Nellcor SpO2 with OxiMax Technology and SatSeconds Alarm Management System into Giraffe and Panda Infant Warmers

December 11, 2012 2:56 pm | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today announced the integration of its industry-leading Nellcor™ pulse oximetry with OxiMax™ technology into GE Healthcare Giraffe® and Panda® infant warmers.

Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV

November 30, 2012 10:09 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

The only way to protect against HIV and unintended pregnancy today is the condom. It's an effective technology, but not appropriate or popular in all situations. A University of Washington team has developed a versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV.

Medical College Of Wisconsin To Study New Incontinence Device

August 6, 2012 3:08 pm | News | Comments

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has begun a clinical study of InTone®, a new, FDA-approved medical device that treats female urinary incontinence. The 12-week study will evaluate the effectiveness of InTone in women with stress incontinence, urge incontinence, or mixed (stress AND urge) incontinence.

Personal Med Launched to Advance Women’s Pelvic Health

May 3, 2012 6:00 am | News | Comments

Today Personal Medical Corp. (“Personal Med”) was officially launched as an independent medical device company focusing on advances in women’s pelvic health. The company was previously a wholly owned subsidiary of SRS Medical in Billerica MA.

Cervical Ripening Balloon from Cook Medical Now Available with Stylet

February 8, 2012 5:43 am | News | Comments

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cook Medical's Cervical Ripening Balloon will now be available with a guiding stylet that offers added stiffness to facilitate placement when conditions for inducing labor are unfavorable. The addition of a stylet helps obstetricians position the balloon...

High-risk, Underserved Women Benefited from MRI Screening for Breast Cancer

September 21, 2011 8:37 am | by AACR | News | Comments

Tweet •    Results based on lower-cost MRI screenings for high-risk, uninsured or under-insured women.•    MRI screenings found more cancer cases in high-risk women than mammography.•    Underserved women can benefit from...

Johnson & Johnson Makes Strong Progress in First Year of Initiative to Improve Health of Millions of Women and Children in the Developing World

September 20, 2011 8:37 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 20, 2011 /- Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) today announced important progress made in the inaugural year of the Company's comprehensive effort designed to improve the health of as many as 120 million women and children each year in developing countries by...

Trig Medical Presents Innovative Labor Progression Management System at ISUOG 21st World Congress

September 15, 2011 7:36 pm | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15, 2011 /- Trig Medical, Inc. , a health technology company specializing in labor progression management and interventional ultrasound guidance, today announced its participation at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology's (ISUOG) ...

Temperature Monitoring Device From Digitron Helps Pork Farms Take a Big Bite of the Food Market

September 15, 2011 12:36 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

TORQUAY, England, September 15, 2011 /- When you're producing 1.8 million baked goods each week product quality and food safety is crucial for brand confidence and sustained business growth. A Nottingham-based company which specialises in pork pies and other popular savouries and...

Samsung Medison America Welcomes Brian Keith as Sales General Manager, USA

August 31, 2011 11:39 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CYPRESS, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 /- Samsung Medison America appoints Brian Keith as Sales General Manager, USA to address a growing demand for its expansive line of Ultrasound platforms. Mr. Keith will be responsible for the US sales organization and its management in Samsung Medison...

Alere partners with VitaPath to market fetal health test

August 11, 2011 9:43 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Alere Inc., a healthcare management firm in Waltham, has licensed from Foster City, Calif.-based VitaPath Genetics a genetic test, in addition to gaining the right to develop other fetal health products with VitaPath.

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