The MassDevice Weekly Roundup brings you the latest medical device news and information.
Obama wants an extra $300 million for the FDA
President Barack Obama’s 2009 budget calls for a $300 million, 14 percent funding boost for the Food & Drug Administration, including an extra $43 million for the watchdog agency’s devices and radiological health office. Read More
Heart docs: Defibrillator leads need more oversight
The FDA and companies that make defibrillator leads need to improve monitoring of the devices after they hit the market, according to the Heart Rhythm Society. Read More
Banned in Boston
Massachusetts enacted the nation’s strictest law governing industry payments to physicians. What does the so-called “gift ban” mean for the Commonwealth’s medical devices sector? Read More
MassDevice blog: General Electric looks to revolutionize the devices market
Will GE Healthcare’s move into smaller (and cheaper) medical devices hurt competitors, or is it the rising tide that lifts all boats? Read More
Healthcare blog: Reform: The other Massachusetts health plan
Every week, veteran healthcare reporter Tinker Ready rounds up the latest news for MassDevice. This week, she takes a look at the second stage of the Bay State’s groundbreaking healthcare reform plan, the end of the Swine Flu panic and the push for HIT adoption. Read More
Reimbursement Row: Healthcare players seek a seat at the table
The major players in the healthcare game (with one conspicuous exception) look to land a seat at the table when President Barack Obama’s reform initiative is hammered out. Read More
Our weekly checkup takes the temperature of the 63 public medical device companies in the MassDevice Index. In addition to the index itself, which tracks 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. The checkup also takes a look at a different financial metric each week, ranking local players based on their performance in that category. This week we examine research and development budgets, listing the top 20 R&D spenders in terms of percentage of revenues. Read More
This week, the Supplier Spotlight shines on the massPLASTICS Medical Device Connection, a portal to more than 35 innovative plastics companies comprising a cluster of qualified, global outsourcing partners for medical OEMs. It’s one of roughly 1,000 companies and service providers listed in the MassDevice Network. Browse the Network
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