Sanofi's iBGStar becomes first iPhone glucose meter to land FDA clearance.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Sanofi’s (NYSE:SNY) iPhone glucose meter, the iBGStar, landed 510(k) clearance from the FDA, making it the first iPhone glucose meter to win a nod from the federal watchdog agency.
The company's website describes the meter as "is the first available blood glucose meter that seamlessly connects to the Apple iPhone and iPod touch for the flexibility to manage your diabetes whenever, wherever."
The new automated defibrillators found in hospitals save less lives than older, low-tech defibrillators.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — After an American Heart Assn. recommendation in 2000, hospitals around the country spent millions updating to automated defibrillators to improve the chances of saving patients who go into sudden cardiac arrest.
Research shows that the newer defibrillators, now present in almost every hospital in the country, actually save fewer lives than the older, low-tech defibrillators.
PhD student Thijs Meenink unveils his surgical robot for ophthalmological procedures, an untapped market in the U.S.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A new surgical robot designed to bring ease and precision to eye surgeries may hit the market, if inventor Thijs Meenink can defend his PhD thesis work on the machine.
Meenink, a student at Eindhoven University of Technology, plans to commercialize the novel robot after he obtains his doctorate.
House Republicans target the FDA's review and approval process of medical devices with 10 new bills.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL —House Republicans introduced 10 bills aimed at the FDA's medical device review and approval process.
The 10 bills, sent to the Energy & Commerce Committee, detailed proposed measures to reform the predictability, consistency and transparency of the federal watchdog agency's med-tech review process.
Used pacemakers taken from the dead are successfully implanted in patients who could not afford a new model.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Pacemakers taken from funeral homes in the U.S. have been sent to India and successfully implanted in new patients thanks to researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Their research proved that used pacemakers can be refurbished and turned over to patients who could not afford a new device.
The top seven medical device stories for the week of October 17, 2011.
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The top three medical device stories for October 14, 2011.
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