Say hello to MassDevice +7, a bite-sized view of the top seven med-tech stories of the week. This latest feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our seven biggest and most influential stories from the week’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry.
7. FDA aims to clear confusion, prevent errors in medtech adverse event reports
U.S. healthcare regulators issue a new draft guidance seeking public comment on federal oversight of adverse events associated with medical devices.
6. GE Healthcare takes nuclear imaging systems off line after unit collapses and kills patient
GE Healthcare recommends that healthcare providers take certain nuclear imaging systems off line after an Infinia Hawkeye 4 nuclear medicine camera collapses and kills a patient in a Veterans Administration hospital in New York.
5. Appeals court nixes Synthes patent in spat with Smith & Nephew
Covidien’s spinout of its Mallinckrodt pharmaceuticals business is slated to close later this month.
4. Doctors in NY nearly harvest organs from living woman | MassDevice.com On Call
Doctors in a New York hospital barely avoid harvesting donor organs from a living woman when the patient, who was comatose after a drug overdose, opens her eyes just before surgery.
3. Medical device tax: Congressional duo launches tax reform tour
Medtech groups laud Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) for their U.S. tax reform tour, which the industry hopes may become a vehicle for repealing the 2.3% medical device tax.
2. Medtech inventor claims Ethicon lawyer tricked him into divulging trade secrets
Retired Pennsylvania surgeon and inventor Dr. Enrico Nicolo claims Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery division has a history of stealing his ideas, most recently through an attorney who gained his trust by concealing his ties to the medtech titan.
1. Boston Scientific’s global SVP slams device tax
Boston Scientific senior vice president Jeff Mirviss writes a scathing criticism of the device tax and applauds Congressional efforts to repeal the 2.3% levy.