• Combe (White Plains, New York) reported that The Vagisil Screening Kit For Vaginal Infections — an inhome screening kit — is now available. The Vagisil Screening Kit is intended for use by women who are experiencing itching, burning, unpleasant odor or unusual discharge. The screening kit is available in the in the feminine hygiene section at food, drug and mass merchandise stores. Combe produces multiple hygiene and personal care items.

• Inviro Medical Devices (Atlanta) reported the release of its InviroSTRIPE to help address challenges associated with medication errors and syringe labeling. This feature enables healthcare workers to record information directly onto the syringe barrel, which helps to reduce risks for injectable medication errors and meeting 2007 Joint Commission medication labeling requirements. Inviro engineers safe medication delivery systems, including the InviroSnap! with InviroStripe Safety Syringes.

• NeuroVasx (Maple Grove, Minnesota) reported that it has submitted its 510(k) application to the FDA for the cPAX Aneurysm Treatment System. The cPAX System was developed as a minimally invasive device for the embolization of cerebral aneurysms. NeuroVasx develops technologies for the minimally invasive treatment of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.

• Percutaneous Systems (Mountain View, California) reported the launch of its new PercSys Accordion Stone Management Device, a microcatheter that features a film occlusion to prevent stone migration and facilitate fragment removal during endoscopic lithotripsy procedures. Designed for aiding in the treatment of kidney stones in the ureter, the Accordion device combines the utility of multiple endoscopic stone management tools into a single device, and is designed to simplify and shorten endoscopic lithotripsy procedures. The key feature of the Accordion device is a multi-fold film occlusion that is deployed at its distal end. Once formed, the film occlusion conforms to and fills the ureter in order to prevent retrograde migration of stone fragments into the kidney. During stone fragmentation, the device facilitates distal rinsing of smaller fragments to keep the field of view clear. Following fragmentation, the device can easily sweep larger fragments into the bladder or a ureteral access sheath, thereby eliminating tedious and time-consuming serial basketing of individual fragments. The occlusion film is able to withstand inadvertent contact with holmium laser and intracorporeal lithotripter energy. The Accordion device is easy to place due to a hydrophilic coating that allows it to track past the Percutaneous Systems develops interventional devices for the minimally invasive treatment of urologic and urogynecologic disorders.

• SACS Medical (Gothenburg, Sweden) reported it has been granted FDA 510(k) clearance. The clearance is for SACS Medical's system for medical signal handling, which can handle EEG signals, among others. The system is used by specialist clinics to diagnose, monitor and treat patients spread over a large geographical area from one centralized location. SACS Medical provides IT-solutions for signal handling in health care and medical research.

• Small Bone Innovations (New York) said that its Artelon CMC Spacer Arthro has been cleared by the FDA for marketing in the U.S. This product is an extension of SBi's line of carpal metacarpal (CMC) spacers to treat osteo-arthritis (OA) in the base of the thumb. The Artelon CMC Spacer Arthro was designed with the guidance and assistance of surgeons to allow minimally invasive, arthroscopic implantation in the joint between the first metacarpal and the trapezium. By avoiding violation of the joint capsule, the procedure may offer significant advantages to surgeons and their patients such as maintenance of joint stability, faster recovery and less pain.

• Smith & Nephew 's (Andover, Massachusetts) Endoscopy Division reported the launch of the 560 Series 3-CCD High Definition (HD) Camera System, a surgical camera system capable of capturing and displaying broadcast quality HD images in arthroscopic and other minimally invasive surgeries. The 560 Series is also designed to interface with Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's Concor Control System and its 660HD Image Management System for Digital Operating Rooms. The Condor Control System enables the medical staff to manage the operative environment from a single control panel, according to the company.

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