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New speculum with 4-way expanders

Advanced Medical Innovations (Chatsworth, Calif.) has improved on its bi-valve speculum and lateral retractor combo for retracting redundant vaginal tissue to provide a better view of the cervix. In introducing a line of patented 4-Way Vaginal Expander speculums with built-in side blades that can be activated as needed, the company says the simple, lightweight products—for use in Pap smears and surgical procedures like LEEP/LETZ and laser procedures—are more cost-effective and less cumbersome. For all procedures, clinicians can choose among stainless steel, electrosurgical coating (LEEP-blue), laser coating (black), and reusable plastic. For more information call 818-701-7171, or visit the company's Web site at .

Safety needle for injectable contraceptive

All prefilled syringes of DEPO-PROVERA Contraceptive Injection nationwide will soon have a new safety needle to help reduce needle stick accidents. The BD SafetyGlide Shielding Hypodermic Needle provides Activation-Assist technology, a feature that allows for fast, easy, and secure single-handed shielding of the needle tip immediately after injection, according to the manufacturer, Pfizer.

Vials of DEPO-PROVERA (medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension) will also still be available. The company expects the enhanced version of its product to be fully distributed by the end of this month. For more information, call 1-800-323-4204, or visit the Web site at .


Speroff bio breathes life into early Native-American physician

Obstetrician/gynecologists are familiar with the writings of Leon Speroff, MD, especially as the senior author of Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, currently in its 6th edition. Now Dr. Speroff's writing has taken a new direction, a biography entitled Carlos Montezuma, M.D., A Yavapai American Hero, The Life and Times of an American Indian, 1866-1923. The book is the culmination of 4 years of research and work, a product of the same enthusiasm and dedication as his medical writing. Look for this historical narrative about a remarkable man, one of the first Native-American physicians, available this summer from Arnica Publishing, Inc. A special pre-publication purchase price is available for readers of Contemporary OB/GYN at .

A member of the Contemporary OB/GYN editorial board since 1973, Dr. Speroff also is Editor-in-chief of OB/GYN Clinical Alert, a monthly newsletter produced by our parent company, Thomson. Dr. Speroff is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Women's Health Research Unit, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.


New Products. Contemporary Ob/Gyn May 1, 2003;48:122.

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