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Siemens Healthcare Launches CareXcell for Sustainable Population Health Management

February 20, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, Siemens Healthcare announced the launch of CareXcell, the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of next-generation IT solutions designed to help healthcare providers successfully address the new care and payment requirements of...

First U.S. Implant of World's Smallest, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Pacemaker

February 20, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continuing its leadership in advanced pacing technology and device miniaturization, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), today announced the first U.S. implant of the world's smallest pacemaker: the Micra(TM) Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). The...

Boston Scientific Esophageal Stent Gains CE Mark

February 19, 2014 10:15 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark in Europe for its WallFlex Esophageal Fully Covered Stent to treat refractory benign esophageal strictures. Benign esophageal strictures are a narrowing of the esophagus caused by scar tissue...

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Global Launch of Medtronic’s Miniature Cardiac Monitor

February 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance, CE Mark, and the global launch of its Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor System, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available for patients...

Study: Insertable Cardiac Monitors Detect Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients Better than Standard Care

February 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced results from the CRYSTAL AF (CRYptogenic STroke And underLying Atrial Fibrillation) Clinical Trial, which found that continuous cardiac monitoring with the Reveal XT Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) was superior...

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...

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...   

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