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St. Jude Medical Inc. (NYSE:STJ) touted a regulatory win for its novel quadripolar pacing system while also warning doctors that its Riata defibrillator leads may pose a greater risk than previously reported.
The FDA released a long-awaited draft guidance on an approval pathway for “artificial pancreas” devices, a breakthrough treatment for patients with Type I diabetes.
Bovie Medical Corp. (NYSE:BVX) is demoting COO Moshe Citronowicz and cutting his pay and benefits after determining that he misrepresented his academic career. Citronowicz has been with the electrosurgery company since 1993.
A former FDA chemist who faces 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to using a confidential agency database to time stock market trades agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle the insider trading case filed by the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Olympus Corp. (TYO:7733) plans to examine its corporate structure as it struggles to keep its head above water amid an accounting scandal that’s slashed more than half the value from its stock price in six short weeks.
There’s more chatter across the pond about a possible acquisition of Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN). Shares of the British orthopedics giant slipped initially but have regained some of their value since more talk of a possible buyout surfaced in the U.K. last week.
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) CFO Gary Ellis said the world’s largest pure-play device maker plans to shave at least $1.2 billion in costs from its operations, even as the company closes out a five-year, $1 billion initiative that lowered its expenses by 25 percent.