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Consumer Union demanded that a new user fee deal the medical device industry brokered with the FDA include more stringent oversight of med-tech makers. "We shouldn’t be used as guinea pigs when it comes to something as serious as a medical implant," according to the organization’s website. "Medical devices should not be ticking time bombs!"
Soteira CEO Larry Jasinski is no stranger to adversity. In the last 5 years the spinal fusion device maker has overcome criticism from the research community and mid-application surprises from the FDA, but its newest 510(k) win is a testament to its persistence.
British orthopedic titan Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) must pay $22.2 million to settle charges of bribing Greek doctors for more than a decade, according to SEC documents. The complaint alleges that Smith & Nephew subsidiaries used a distributor that created a "slush fund" to bribe doctors working at government hospitals in Greece.
AdvaMed officials released a set of principles for modifying the U.S. tax system, part of the group’s efforts to gain Democratic support for repealing the impending 2.3% medical device tax by separating the issue from health care reform.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposal detailing guidelines for reimbursement of transcatheter aortic valve implantation procedures for treating severe symptomatic aortic stenosis.
Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) plans to hoard most of the more than $1 billion in free cash flow it expects to generate this year so it can make acquisitions to boost its top line, CFO Jeff Capello told analysts.
Stryker Corp. (NYSE:SYK) chairman, president & CEO Stephen MacMillan walked away from one of the most successful medical device companies in the world on Wednesday, citing family reasons for an abrupt departure.