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FDA panel recommends Medtronic spinal implant

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 10:45am
The Associated Press

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended clearance for Medtronic's spin implant Amplify.

The FDA's Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel vote 6-to-5 in favor of the device, which stimulates bone growth in spinal surgery patients. The FDA normally follows the advice of its panels, though it is not a requirement.

Medtronic makes a range of medical devices, including pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, and spinal implants.

Shares of Medtronic Inc., based in Minneapolis, fell 46 cents to $36.93 in afternoon trading on Wednesday.

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