New Products

March 1, 2007

The latest in medical products for obstetrics and gynecology.

The latest in medical products for obstetrics and gynecology

The traditional way to monitor labor progress, of course, is intrusive: inserting the fingers towards the cervix. Signals from disposable ultrasound sensors positioned at the maternal cervix and fetal head continuously track cervix dilation and fetal head descent. The device automatically transfers and processes the data, instantly displaying results on a monitor. The product was officially launched at this year's Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting. For further information, visit the company Web site at http:// http://www.barnev.com/.

According to GlaxoSmithKline, who will market the product, this is the first clinically proven OTC product to be combined with a comprehensive support program. Patients can already access the program's online resources at http:///www.myalli.com/ in advance of the product's hitting store shelves this summer. The alli package will include Welcome and Companion Guides, a Guide to Healthy Eating, a daily journal, a calorie and fat counter, Quick Fact Cards, and free access to an individualized online action plan on the alli Web site.

The manufacturer stresses that the capsules are for the committed consumer only and not for everyone. In addition, people who have difficulty absorbing food or who are not overweight shouldn't take it.

The agency approved the OTC product after reviewing the sponsor's safety data and getting a thumbs-up from an FDA advisory committee. Xenical (orlistat 120-mg capsules) will remain available by prescription. For more information, visit the alli Web site or http:// http://us.gsk.com/.