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Philips Announces Achievement of Major Milestone in Largest Ever Sleep Apnea Clinical Trial

February 18, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips, a major sponsor of the Sleep Apnea cardioVascular Endpoints (SAVE) study, today announced that the study has reached its enrollment goal of 2,500 patients, spread across seven countries and 84 hospitals and  medical institutions...

Another Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Goes to Trial in W.Va.

February 14, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another lawsuit involving pelvic mesh has gone to trial in West Virginia. Media outlets report that jury selection began Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. A dozen plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in Texas in 2012. It is among about...

Medtronic’s Distributes i-port Advance Injection Port Device for People with Diabetes

February 14, 2014 10:45 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has begun distribution of i-port Advance® as part of a continued focus to provide meaningful therapy management solutions for people with diabetes. i-port Advance can be used for people on insulin injection therapy who want...

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Medtronic Launches 'TOTAL Across' Crossing Catheter in Europe

February 13, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aligned with its commitment to provide innovative medical technology for the interventional treatment of peripheral artery disease, Medtronic, Inc. has initiated the European launch of the TOTAL across crossing catheter, which recently... 

First U.S. Patient Implant of Non-Surgical, Leadless Cardiac Pacemaker

February 6, 2014 10:21 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the first U.S. implant in the company’s LEADLESS II pivotal trial designed to evaluate the Nanostim leadless pacemaker for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Depuy Synthes Spine Gains Exclusive Worldwide Rights to Launch Lifenet Health’s New Cellular Allograft Product

February 5, 2014 5:48 pm | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine and DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, divisions of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., announced today they have entered into an exclusive worldwide representative agreement for the marketing and promotion of a new cellular allograft...

Boston Scientific saw 5% revenue growth at end of 2013

February 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Delivering his first annual report after a full year as head of the state’s largest medical device company, CEO Mike Mahoney reported that the last three months of 2013 saw revenues rise 5 percent over the previous year, providing what he...

Boston Scientific Launches OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System

February 5, 2014 9:50 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific has announced the U.S. launch and first use of the OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System, an important addition to the company's portfolio of tools to treat complete arterial blockages in the major arteries of the legs. These...

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Stent wars: Shrinkage concerns resurface in Medtronic/Boston Scientific DES trial

February 3, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtech giants Medtronic and Boston Scientific took their long-time stent rivalry to new heights in a 1st-of-its-kind head-to-head study of their next-generation drug-eluting stents, with researchers ultimately reporting little difference...

Smith & Nephew to Buy ArthroCare in $1.5B Deal

February 3, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British medical technology company Smith & Nephew plans to buy U.S. medical device maker ArthroCare in a $1.5 billion deal that it says will strengthen its sports medicine business. Smith & Nephew said Monday it will pay $48.25 in...

Abbott shutters Puerto Rico facility

January 31, 2014 2:04 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Abbott is reportedly shutting down a Puerto Rico manufacturing plant, with an unspecified number of employees slated for termination. The plant in question resides in a city called Barceloneta, and the facility houses pharmaceutical...  

‘Smart’ Infusion Pumps See Fast Growth

January 31, 2014 11:58 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

New "smart" infusion pump devices that can assist healthcare professionals in patient care through computer algorithms, warning features and connectivity are leading growth in the world market for infusion devices, according to Kalorama...

Covidien Receives Japanese Regulatory Approval for Reinforced Stapling Reload Technology

January 27, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Covidien plc has announced that its Japanese subsidiary, Covidien Japan Inc., has received Shonin approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for its Endo GIA Reinforced Reload with Tri-Staple technology. This approval...

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St. Jude Medical Announces Implant of World’s First Leadless Pacemaker in the UK

January 27, 2014 1:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the first post-approval implant of the Nanostim leadless pacemaker in the U.K. The world’s first retrievable leadless pacemaker was implanted at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital...

Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute At Morristown Medical Center Implants Newly Approved Device To Replace Failing Aortic Heart Valves

January 24, 2014 4:38 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center today became the first hospital in the tri-state area to adopt a new minimally invasive medical device to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis who are too ill or frail...

Covidien Receives FDA Clearance for LigaSure Maryland Jaw

January 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Expanding its industry-leading vessel and tissue sealing portfolio, Covidien received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the LigaSure Maryland jaw open/laparoscopic sealer/divider. In addition, Covidien completed...

Medtronic Pacing Systems First to Be Approved for Full Body MRI Scans Without Positioning Restrictions

January 23, 2014 11:10 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the Medtronic SureScan pacing systems—the first and only pacing systems in the United States that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with magnetic resonance imaging...

Johnson & Johnson's 4Q Profit Rises 19 Percent

January 22, 2014 11:38 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Surging sales of Johnson & Johnson's prescription medicines and the rebound of its recall-plagued consumer health business lifted fourth-quarter profit 19 percent. The health care giant also enjoyed a $707 million tax benefit from... 

GE Will Buy Software Maker API Healthcare

January 22, 2014 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Healthcare said Tuesday that it will buy API Healthcare, which makes software for hospitals and health care staffing agencies. The General Electric Co. unit did not disclose terms of the deal, but said it expects to complete the acquisition...

Covidien to Exit OneShot Renal Denervation Program

January 21, 2014 10:46 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc has announced it will exit its OneShot Renal Denervation program. This voluntary action is primarily in response to slower than expected development of the renal denervation market. The OneShot system is an over-the-wire...   

Philips Healthcare teams with P-Cure on proton therapy

January 20, 2014 4:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Philips aligned itself with Israel-based medical device company P-Cure, in order to advance the smaller firm's proton therapy technology. P-Cure develops low-cost proton therapy systems, which are smaller, cheaper radiation therapy system...

Medtronic CoreValve System Obtains Early FDA Approval on Exceptional Clinical Performance

January 17, 2014 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the self-expanding transcatheter CoreValve System for severe aortic stenosis patients who are too ill or frail to have their aortic valves replaced through traditional...

Renal denervation is 'highly unlikely,' says Medtronic study insider

January 16, 2014 6:13 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The future of renal denervation in treatment of hypertension is shaky at best, according to one of the principal investigators involved with Medtronic's disappointing clinical trial. Despite continued optimism from some of medtech's biggest players...

Covidien Completes Sale of Confluent Surgical to Integra LifeSciences

January 16, 2014 11:26 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced that it has completed the sale of its Confluent Surgical product line to Integra LifeSciences Corporation for approximately $235 million in cash. In addition, Covidien may receive up to an additional $30 million...

Jury says Medtronic owes Edwards about $390M

January 16, 2014 11:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury ruled Wednesday that medical device maker Medtronic infringed on a patent held by Edwards Lifesciences and ordered Medtronic to pay its competitor about $390 million in damages. Edwards said it will seek a permanent injunction...

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