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Medtronic said today that the FDA approved its CapSureFix Novus MRI SureScan 5076 lead in MRI scans for patients with a Medtronic dual-chamber MR-conditional pacemaker.
The 5076 lead was already approved for use with Medtronic’s non-MR-conditional pacemakers, according to a press release. The new approval allows the lead to be paired with the Minneapolis-area medical device giant’s Advisa MRI or Revo MRI SureScan pacemakers. Read more
Covidien issued a field safety alert on some of its Medi-Trace Cadence and Kendall defibrillation electrodes, saying a connector compatibility issue with defibrillators made by Philips may have contributed to the death of a patient.
The electrodes in question will not connect with Philips FR3 or FRx AED defibrillators and can result in a delay of therapy, according to a press release. Covidien said it received 2 reports in which customers attempted to use a Covidien electrode with a Philips FR3 AED unit, with the mismatch contributing to “a delay in resuscitation” that “may have contributed to the subsequent death of 1 patient.” Read more
Anti-trust regulators in the European Union set a Nov. 14 deadline for their review of Medtronic’s $43 billion acquisition of Covidien, the European Commission said last week.
The commission will either clear the merger, ask Medtronic to sell off some assets to lessen anti-competitive concerns or launch a more in-depth review. Medtronic and Covidien have said they expect to close the deal late this year or early in 2015. Read more