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Reduced Risk of Atrial Fibrillation for Patients with Medtronic’s AdaptivCRT

September 23, 2013 11:14 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced clinical trial results showing that heart failure patients treated with its exclusive AdaptivCRT feature experienced a nearly 50 percent reduction in atrial fibrillation (AF) risk. Pioneered by Medtronic, the AdaptivCRT technology is a feature on certain cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillators...

CE Mark for Abbott’s Blood Glucose and Ketone Monitoring System

September 20, 2013 9:32 am | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott announced today it has received CE Marking in Europe for the FreeStyle Optium Neo Blood Glucose and Ketone Monitoring System™. The new icon-driven system provides sleek design, visual glucose trend indicators and insulin logging – all delivered in a single device to support daily diabetes management.

Layoffs ahead for Covidien

September 19, 2013 10:06 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Covidien said its board of directors authorized a restructuring plan aimed at saving up to $300 million a year by fiscal 2018, with manufacturing and distribution operations slated to be closed. Covidien did not reveal how many layoffs would be involved.

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Boston Scientific warns on battery issues in certain implantable defibrillators

September 19, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) issued new warnings on its Cognis and Teligen implantable cardioverter defibrillators, advising physicians to watch out for premature battery depletion in older models. The problematic implants are no longer available and haven't been manufactured since December 2009...

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall: Lieff Cabraser's New Videos Answer Patient Questions

September 19, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Wendy Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that two new videos have been posted on YouTube addressing common concerns and questions asked by hip replacement patients who received notice of the recall of their Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant.

GE issues another imaging system fall warning after discovering missing screws

September 19, 2013 7:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

GE Healthcare issued its 2nd imaging system fall warning in as many months after the company discovered that certain Advantx and Innova systems were installed without 4 screws that hold up the overhead video monitors. There have been no reports of the systems falling, GE noted, but the company said that the missing screws may increase the risk of falls, asking hospitals to check their systems and report any issues.

Covidien sued for patent infringement of valve disinfection systems

September 18, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device giant Covidien is at the center of a new infringement lawsuit accusing the company of violating a trio of Ivera Medical patents for technologies used to clean and disinfect certain valves and IV connectors. The devices in question are small caps that fit over the ends of needle-less IV connectors...

Medtronic, Boston Scientific tout new centers overseas

September 17, 2013 2:24 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device titans Medtronic and Boston Scientific cut the ribbon on new facilities overseas this week, looking to develop new technologies that cater to markets in Ireland and China. Minnesota-based Medtronic announced a new $10-million-dollar "brainstorming" center at its Galway, Ireland campus...

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Boston Scientific settles stent patent spat with OrbusNeich

September 17, 2013 10:22 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Boston Scientific agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to put its long-running patent war with OrbusNeich Medical to rest. The settlement covers patent infringement cases over coronary stent technology in the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Holland, according to an OrbusNeich press release.

Boston Scientific Opens Institute For Advancing Science, Innovation Center In Shanghai

September 17, 2013 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reinforcing its ongoing commitment to leadership in the global medical technology market, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today officially opened the China branch of the Boston Scientific Institute for Advancing Science (IAS) as well as its new Innovation Center in the country.

Instrumentation for Less Invasive Surgical Fixation of Rib Fractures

September 13, 2013 11:34 am | by DePuy Synthes | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF, a leader in skeletal and soft tissue repair and reconstruction, announced the launch of new instrumentation that enables less invasive surgical fixation and stabilization of rib fractures with the company's MatrixRIB™ System of precontoured, low-profile titanium plates, locking screws and intramedullary splints.

Smith & Nephew wants San Diego Chargers team doctor's suit dismissed

September 13, 2013 11:11 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew wants a federal judge in California to toss a lawsuit filed by a doctor who blames a botched hip implantation on the British medical device company. Dr. David Chao sued Smith & Nephew in the U.S. District Court for Southern California, alleging that inadequate training and faulty surgical scissors for SNN's Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant led to the botched surgery on Kathleen Adams in 2007.

Smith & Nephew’s DURAFIBER Ag Dressing Addresses Bacterial Contamination

September 13, 2013 10:56 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, announces the US introduction of DURAFIBER Ag antimicrobial gelling fiber dressing. This new offering in the DURAFIBER portfolio combines the highly absorbent, gelling fiber filler dressing with the benefits of silver (Ag).

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GE’s Silent Scan Dials Down MRI Noise to a Whisper

September 13, 2013 10:16 am | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

Doctor visits tend to be quiet affairs, unless an MRI exam, or a root canal, is on the agenda. An MR scanner can generate noise in excess of 110 decibels, enough to rival a rock concert. There is a good reason why this happens. “An MRI scanner is like a huge version of a speaker in your home,” says engineer Bryan Mock, who manages GE Healthcare’s MRI products.

Appeals court reverses St. Jude Medical win over Access Closure

September 12, 2013 2:10 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A federal appeals court overturned a portion of a legal win for St. Jude Medical yesterday, ruling that a lower court erred in invoking the "safe harbor" provision against double-patenting claims in a patent infringement lawsuit against Access Closure Inc.

Appeals court upholds Medtronic win over Gore in stent graft suit

September 12, 2013 1:42 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court's decision to toss a lawsuit filed in 2010 accusing Medtronic of violating patents held by W.L. Gore & Associates covering stent graft manufacturing techniques. Judge Mark Davis of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia dismissed Gore's claims last year, saying the ruling made Medtronic's counterclaims moot.

El Camino Hospital Enrolls Second Patient in Global Clinical Trial Evaluating the Medtronic CoreValve® System in Intermediate Risk Patients with Aortic Valve Disease

September 11, 2013 3:38 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

El Camino Hospital, in partnership with the Taft Center for Clinical Research and the Fogarty Clinical Research Institute, both a part of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, announced today that it has enrolled its second patient in a global clinical trial comparing the Medtronic CoreValve® System with surgical aortic valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate risk for open-heart surgery.

Consumers Union Calls On Medical Device Makers to Provide Warranties for Hip & Knee Implants

September 10, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers Union is pushing device makers to equip patients with warranties so they will have a better understanding of how long an implant is expected to last and a clear process to follow in the event that it fails prematurely.  Ultimately, warranties will encourage companies to make their devices safer and more durable, according to Consumers Union.

Varian Radiation Treatment Lawsuit Settled for $15M

September 9, 2013 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a lung cancer patient who suffered injuries after he was exposed to overdoses of radiation has settled a lawsuit for $15 million in compensation. Zacarias Chichioco Jr. received about 2.5 times the appropriate amount of radiation he should have received because of a programming error in software developed and sold by a medical services company, according to the lawsuit.

Boston Scientific hits 4-year high following asthma treatment trial results

September 6, 2013 2:07 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Boston Scientific keeps hitting high notes on Wall Street, most recently setting a new 4-year record in the days following the publication of a new study touting the company's Alair bronchial thermoplasty system. The medical device giant announced this week that the Alair system proved safe and effective in reducing severe asthma attacks over at least 5 years...

Medtronic traces surgical kit possibly contaminated with fatal brain disease

September 6, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic is working with New England hospitals and government health officials to track the movement of surgical medical equipment involved in several cases of possible patient exposure to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare and fatal relative to the more commonly known "mad cow" disease.

Siemens' high-risk recall affects more than 78,000 antimicrobial tests

September 5, 2013 1:59 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

FDA regulators put their highest-risk Class I label on Siemens' (NYSE:SI) recall of more than 78,000 of its MicroScan Synergies plus and MicroScan rapID/S plus antimicrobial tests, warning that false test results could hinder patient care.  

Abbott's Test May Offer More Accurate Diagnosis of Heart Attacks in Women

September 5, 2013 10:41 am | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott announced today promising preliminary results from a study presented at the ESC Congress 2013, suggesting that its high sensitive troponin test may help doctors improve the diagnosis and prognosis of patients presenting with symptoms of a heart attack.

Medtronic opens doors on innovation center in Singapore

September 5, 2013 8:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtech titan Medtronic opened the doors on a new Center of Excellence in Singapore, where new business models will be designed, tested and scaled for Asian markets. Based in Medtronic's existing Singapore facility, the new center will also develop commercial models that may eventually extend to various markets around the globe after passing muster in a single country.

Philips signs 10-year imaging tech contract with Dutch teaching hospital

September 4, 2013 2:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Technology giant Philips awarded a 10-year contract for continuous access of its ultrasound devices to the cardiology department at Medical Center Leeuwarden, a teaching hospital in the Netherlands. The Dutch hospital will also receive training services and periodic structural upgrades as part of the deal.

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