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Boston Scientific to Acquire Bayer’s Interventional Division for $415 Million

May 15, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

In a move to expand significantly its portfolio of leading solutions for peripheral interventions, Boston Scientific Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Interventional Division of Bayer AG for $415 million in...

St. Jude Medical Announces First Implants in US Study of the Portico Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve System

May 14, 2014 8:50 am | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced that the first patient implants occurred in the Portico Re-sheathable Transcatheter Aortic Valve System U.S. IDE Trial (PORTICO trial). The trial is evaluating the Portico...

Cardinal Health Completes Acquisition of AccessClosure

May 13, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Cardinal Health has announced the completion of the acquisition of AccessClosure, a leading manufacturer and distributor of extravascular closure devices in the United States. The $320 million acquisition was an all-cash transaction. "We're...

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Pacemaker Algorithm Significantly Delays Atrial Fibrillation

May 12, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

New data presented as a late-breaking clinical trial at the Heart Rhythm Society's 2014 Annual Scientific Sessions show that an advanced pacing feature exclusive to Medtronic, Inc. pacemakers significantly delays the progression of persistent...

Medtronic ICDs Safely Extend Detection Times for Secondary Prevention Patients

May 12, 2014 9:38 am | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the results from the first prospective randomized clinical trial to show that Medtronic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can safely extend detection times before triggering therapy in secondary...

Study: Promising Results with Novel Approach to Medtronic Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

May 9, 2014 2:02 pm | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today released study findings that show heart failure patients who have limited options for implanted device therapy may benefit from a novel implant technique for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. Data from...

Leadless Pacemaker Showing Promising Results After One-Year

May 9, 2014 1:34 pm | News | Comments

Vivek Reddy, MD, Director of Arrhythmia Services for The Mount Sinai Hospital, reported his promising 12-month follow-up data showing the world's first leadless pacemaker is demonstrating overall device performance comparable to conventional...

Common Test Used on Heart Patients Who Need Defibrillator Implants Unnecessary

May 9, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

New research from McMaster University suggests that a commonly performed test during certain types of heart surgery is not helpful and possibly harmful. The testing procedure, known as defibrillator testing (DT), is commonly used on people...

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Boston Scientific Gets Heart Device Subpoena

May 9, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific said Thursday the U.S. government wants documents related to its Cognis and Teligen heart devices. The company said in a regulatory filing that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants...

Pacemaker and Defibrillator Patients Adhering to Remote Monitoring with St. Jude Medical's Merlin Technology Saw More than Double Survival Rate

May 8, 2014 6:13 pm | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, announced that data presented during a Late Breaking Clinical Trial Session during Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s Annual Scientific Sessions, found an association between...

Covidien Opens Advanced Medical Training and Research Center in Turkey

May 7, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Further expanding its training and research capabilities in emerging markets, Covidien plc, has officially opened its Covidien Center of Innovation Turkey (CCI Turkey). Located in Istanbul, the new facility offers clinicians in Turkey and...

Boston Scientific to Acquire IoGyn Inc.

May 7, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IoGyn, Inc., a pre-commercial stage company. The transaction is expected to close within days. IoGyn has developed and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Medtronic Agrees to Settle Certain INFUSE Bone Graft Product Liability Cases

May 6, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. has announced that it has agreed with certain plaintiffs' counsel to settle their inventories of filed and unfiled product liability claims related to INFUSE Bone Graft. Under the terms of the agreement, Medtronic has agreed...

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Boston Scientific Joins Optum Labs as Founding Medical Device Partner

May 6, 2014 7:37 am | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has joined Optum Labs as the Founding Medical Device Partner to help pioneer new research into effective treatments for heart failure and related cardiac conditions. Optum Labs is an open collaborative healthcare...

MHIF Given the Chance at Its First Implant of World’s Smallest Cardiac Pacemaker

May 5, 2014 2:03 pm | News | Comments

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) today announced its first implant of the world’s smallest pacemaker: the Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) in the Midwest. The device was implanted by Dr. Charles Gornick...

Recall Report: Door Assemblies in Infusion Pumps May Break

May 5, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Hospira received customer reports of broken door assemblies on the Abbott Acclaim infusion pumps and the Hospira Acclaim Encore infusion pumps. When the door is closed properly, it helps ensure that the tubing is seated properly to ensure...

World's Smallest, Leadless Heart Pacemaker Implanted at Ohio State

May 2, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Doctors at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital...

Medtronic’s Viva Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy-Pacemaker Gains CE Mark

May 1, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark receipt and the European launch of its newest cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker, Viva CRT-P. The Viva CRT-P is not approved for sale in the United States. The Viva... 

Boston Scientific Launches Everolimus-Eluting Coronary Stent In Japan

May 1, 2014 12:45 am | News | Comments

Continuing to advance leading drug-eluting stent (DES) technology, Boston Scientific Corporation has launched the Promus PREMIER™ Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System in Japan.  This advanced DES system recently...  

J&J Halts Sale of Electric Fibroid Removal Devices

April 30, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is halting sales of devices used to remove growths in the uterus following a government warning that the electronic surgical tools can inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The announcement comes one...

Positive Outcomes for CoreValve Patients Treated via Alternative Access Routes

April 30, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today revealed new data demonstrating positive outcomes for extreme risk patients with severe aortic stenosis who were treated with the CoreValve System via alternative access approaches. The compelling data were unveiled...

Medtronic’s Sutureless Heart Valve First to Show Five-Year Safety and Efficacy Outcomes

April 29, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced five-year follow-up data demonstrating the safety and performance of the Medtronic 3f Enable Aortic Bioprosthesis - the world's first commercially available sutureless tissue heart valve.  The longest follow...

As Stryker Hip Lawsuits Mount, Company Details Costs Associated with Stryker Rejuvenate, ABG II Modular Hip Stem Recall

April 28, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

As hundreds of Stryker hip lawsuits continue to move forward in courts around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that Stryker recently released its 2014 first quarter earnings report, which among other things, details costs associated...

J&J: Business Doing Well on New Product Approvals

April 24, 2014 2:32 pm | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky said Thursday that all three of its business segments are doing well and made significant medical advances last year. Gorsky told about 1,650 shareholders at J&J's annual meeting that the company is...

BD Launches New Point-of-Care System for HIV/AIDS Patients

April 24, 2014 9:26 am | News | Comments

BD Biosciences, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, today announced the launch of the BD FACSPresto Near Patient CD4 Counter system that provides absolute and percentage results of...

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