Benjamin P. Saylor
Benjamin P. Saylor is associate editor of Urology Times, an Advanstar Communications publication.
FDA proposes reclassification of transvaginal mesh
The FDA recently issued two proposed orders that, if finalized, would reclassify surgical mesh for transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse from a moderate-risk device (class II) to a high-risk device (class III) and require manufacturers to submit a premarket approval application for the agency to evaluate safety and effectiveness.
Stone procedure complications are common, expensive
Despite their overall low risk, procedures to treat kidney stones lead to complications that require hospitalization or emergency care for one in seven patients, according to a recent study.
New Urology Products and Services May 2014
New products and services from Lumenis, ITelagen, Mission Pharmacal, PatientPoint, and HealthTronics IT Solutions.
Urology Product Preview May 2014
Drugs and devices in the pipeline from MEI Pharma, Bayer HealthCare, Merck, Pfizer, and Minomic International.
Urologists critical of HIFU on Twitter
Urologists on Twitter criticized high-intensity focused ultrasound and in some instances even mocked the treatment.
Blood test for prostate cancer detection now available
The Prostate Health Index (phi), a noninvasive blood test its developer says is three times more specific in detecting prostate cancer than PSA, is now available nationwide.
Robotic vs. open RP: Equivocal results (again)
A new study has found that for men 65 years of age and older, robot-assisted radical prostatectomy and open prostatectomy have similar rates of complications, providing further evidence that outcomes between the two procedures are not significantly different.
Urology Product Preview April 2014
Drugs and devices in the pipeline from Astellas Pharma, Medivation, Repros Therapeutics, Metamark Genetics, Argos Therapeutics, S1 Biopharma, Ipsen, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, Antigen Express, Generex Biotechnology, Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, and Absorption Pharmaceuticals.
New Urology Products and Services April 2014
New products and services from Accuray, Cook Medical, OPKO Health, Intuitive Surgical, Skipta, Mauna Kea Technologies, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Urologists rank in top 25% for average Medicare pay
Urologists ranked in the top 25% of all specialties for highest average Medicare payments in 2012, according to controversial data released recently by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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