The MassDevice Weekly Roundup brings you the latest medical device news and information.
Our weekly checkup takes the temperature of the public medical device companies in the three largest markets in the U.S.: Massachusetts, Minnesota and California. In addition to the indices for each state, which track the overall movement of the sector, we compare Monday morning’s opening share prices with their value when the markets close Friday afternoon and calculate the biggest gainers and losers. Read More
CMS announces panel on catheter ablation for treatment of atrial fibrillation
Federal health insurer will take up the coverage decision Oct. 21. Read More
Creative NeuroScience Applications sues Innovative Spinal Technologies
More bad news for the bankrupt spinal implant maker. Read More
FDA: DePuy Orthopaedics ceramic/metal hip replacement is OK
Its no better or worse than implants already on the market, according to the safety watchdog. Read More
Phase Forward re-ups deal with SGS Life Science Services
Clinical trial data management provider renews its agreement with the Belgian CRO. Read More
LeMaitre Vascular re-ups Endologix distribution deal
Vascular device maker extends its agreement to distribute the Powerlink stent graft in Europe. Read More
Texcel Medical adds staff, spends $1 million to boost manufacturing capacity
Contract manufacturer gears up to meet growing demand from global markets. Read More
Hologic CEO: Capital equipment sales will be slow to recover
Don’t count Jack Cumming as bullish on sales of big-ticket items. Read More
MassDevice blog: Is the life science IPO in recovery?
Maybe. A successful initial public offering by EMR processing provider Emdeon is encouraging for firms in the HIT space, but other life science companies haven’t fared as well. Read More
Weekly Wireless Roundup: Cracking the vault
An interview with Microsoft’s HealthVault strategist George Scriban; the $290 billion problem of poor patient medication adherence (and are glowing pillboxes the solution?); and the first implantation of a wireless-enabled pacemaker. Read More
Reimbursement Row: It’s time for an end to the wacko protests over end-of-life care
The cynical and sometimes downright crazy opposition to a minor aspect of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform initiative needs to stop. Let’s debate the issue on its merits. Read More
MedGadget’s MedTech Monday: Embeda is for chronic pain, not crushing and snorting
Unless you like opioid withdrawal; the world’s smallest tweezers; the blind seeing the world using their tongues; the world’s smallest laser; and hands-free laparoscopic organ retraction. Read More
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