Vivacare Launches Digital Physician Profile and Patient Education Service

Vivacare Professional Profiles

Digital health firm Vivacare has launched a new service that allows medical professionals to create digital professional profiles that highlight their clinical expertise, the conditions they treat and procedures they offer. The profiles include a “Patient Care Toolkit” pre-loaded with hundreds of patient education resources designed to improve clinical care and patient satisfaction. Content includes printable handouts, videos, interactive learning guides and patient support tools that can be customized by physicians to reflect their subspecialty and unique approach to care.

AbbVie Prepares for Allergan Acquisition with New Leadership Team

Abbvie Executive Leadership Team

Upon completion of its acquisition of Allergan, AbbVie will create a new global business, called Allergan Aesthetics. Allergan Aesthetics will have its own research and development function under the AbbVie umbrella and will include leading aesthetic products including, BOTOX Cosmetic, the JUVEDERM collection of dermal fillers and COOLSCULPTING body contouring, among others. Located in Irvine, California, the new company will be led by Carrie Strom, current senior vice president, U.S. Medical Aesthetics, Allergan.

Third Patent Issued for ALASTIN TransFORM

Alastin Issued Third Patient

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a third U.S. Patent covering ALASTIN Skincare’s TransFORM Body Treatment. U.S. Patent No. 10,493,011 is entitled, “Peptide Compositions and Methods for Ameliorating Skin Laxity and Body Contour.” The patent is directed to the composition and uses related to TransFORM Body Treatment, both when used alone and when used in conjunction with body-shaping procedures.

Identifying the Location of the Ascending Mental Artery for Chin Injections

HA Fillers and the Mental Artery

In an effort to improve the safety of chin injections, Tansatit, Tanvaa MD, MSc, et al, performed cadaveric dissections to determine the locations of the ascending mental arteries. After dissecting 31 embalmed cadaveric faces, the researchers found 19 dominant ascending mental arteries on the right side of the inferior margin of the mandibular protuberance and 12 on the left. The dominant ascending mental arteries enter the chin paracentrally, approximately 6mm (5.64 ± 4.34mm) from the midline, within the muscular plane, and at a depth of 4.15 ± 1.95mm from the skin.

BTL Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit

BTL Aesthetics

BTL Aesthetics, a manufacturer of noninvasive technologies for body shaping, has filed a lawsuit against Allergan and Zimmer MedizinSysteme. The lawsuit asserts that the Cooltone device, manufactured by Zimmer for Allergan, infringes on BTL’s United States patents. The lawsuit further asserts that Allergan’s Coolsculpting, when used before or after the Cooltone therapy, infringes on BTL’s United States patent for the therapeutic application of the two technologies.

Laser Safety and Clinical Efficiency

Implementing Laser Safety Protocols

Failure to follow standardized laser safety protocols often stems from concerns that strict adherence reduces clinical efficiency. In an effort to combat these concerns, Ronda S. Farah, MD, and Adarsh Ravishankar, MS, published the outcomes of an improvement project at the University of Minnesota Cosmetic Center’s new laser program. The project included multiple interventions in the areas of laser maintenance protocols, improved laser safety measures, and better training for staff, residents, and students.

Interactive Display Merges In-Office and Online Retail Capabilities

Interactive retail and online shopping display

A new interactive display designed to support in-office dispensing and private label retail sales is now available to aesthetic practices. The microPharmacy Touch from microPharmacy Corp. merges in-office product dispensing with online retailing, educational videos and personalized patient engagement. The nearly 5-foot-tall display features a 43- inch touchscreen, stereo speakers, camera and microphone to create a fully immersive in-office experience.