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The adoption of robot-assisted total knee replacements will depend more on marketing that data or outcomes, Leerink Partners analysts wrote yesterday, as the leading contenders prepare to unveil their robotic total knee systems at an upcoming orthopedics conference.
Based on a conference call with a pair of orthopedic surgeons who each perform roughly 200 knee cases annually, the Leerink analysts said their experts believe the gain from robotic technologies will be incremental at best. Read more
A Pennsylvania state court late last year cut the damages owed by Zimmer Biomet in a knee implant lawsuit to $21.5 million after a Keystone State appeals court called the verdict “excessive.”
The lawsuit filed by Margo Polett claimed that she re-injured her knees while making a Zimmer promotional video, after a double knee replacement procedure in 2006 using the company’s Gender Solutions device. Polett alleged that activities she engaged in for the video, including riding a bicycle and running on a treadmill, resulted in new damage to her knees. Read more
Becton Dickinson & Co. said today that it won a $100 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for its Pyxis ES system.
According to the contract, Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based BD will provide its medication dispensing technology to 115 military inpatient health facilities and military inpatient pharmacies. Read more
The U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee yesterday approved Seema Verma as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, after the panel deadlocked at 9-9 earlier this week.
The panel of 14 Republicans and 12 Democrats voted along party lines in the 13-12 vote to send the nomination to the full Senate; Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) did not appear in person so his proxy vote did not count. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who had voted by proxy for Verma in the earlier poll, switched and removed his support for the final tally. Read more
1. UK patent court issues mixed decision in TAVR spat between Boston Scientific, Edwards Lifesciences
A patent court in the U.K. issued a mixed decision in the battle over transcatheter aortic valve replacement patents between Edwards Lifesciences and Boston Scientific.
Boston Scientific fired the 1st shot late last year in Germany with a lawsuit against Edwards, alleging that the next generation Sapien 3 TAVR device infringes claims covering the outer sealing skirt of Boston’s Lotus valve. Edwards claims that the Boston patent issued after Edwards launched the Sapien 3 valve in Europe and has leveled its own suits against its rival and subsidiary Sadra Medical. Read more