Medical device companies' aggregate spend on payment and other gifts to physicians was at least $200 million last year, according to the U.S. Health & Human Services Dept., but critics (and the agency itself) flag widespread problems with the Open Payments database.
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Abiomed says it's come to an agreement with the FDA on an indication for its flagship Impella 2.5 heart pump, and now expects to win pre-market approval early next year without a hearing before an FDA advisory panel.