Group purchasing organization Premier Healthcare Alliance inked a pair of new contracts with U.S. medical device companies.
Group purchasing organization Premier Healthcare signed a new contract with Carestream to provide diagnostic dental imaging systems to its 86,000-plus membership.
Premier has been offering Carestream imaging systems to its members since 2010, but the new contract extends the deal for another 3 years.
A clutch of med-tech titans made the grade for Corporate Responsibility magazine’s 100 best corporate citizens for 2012.
CR selected companies based on their recent track record in areas such as human rights, philanthropy, employee relations and environmentalism, encompassing 318 data elements in total.
Among the honorees was Minneapolis, Minn.-based Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), the world’s largest pure-play medical device maker, which came in at #50.
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[sead] “Being a good corporate citizen is an important part of our mission,” Medtronic chairman & CEO Omar Ishrak said in prepared remarks.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Kimberly-Clark subsidiary I-Flow filed a lawsuit against Kentucky surgeon Dr. Bruce Holladay for off-label use of a pain pump that allegedly resulted in injury to a patient, raising the spectre of a slippery slope of physicians held liable in patient injury lawsuits.
Holladay performed reconstructive surgery on a patient in 2007, implanting a pain pump in the patient’s shoulder. When the patient later complained of shoulder pain, he was diagnosed with chondrolysis, a condition in which continuous administration of certain anesthetics can result in the destruction of cartilage.
The FDA granted Kimberly-Clark Health Care the first 510(k) clearance for a single-use pediatric face mask.
Designated as a Class II medical device, the colorful mask is used to protect the respiratory tracts of children ages five to 12 from various bacteria, viruses and pathogens. It’s intended for use in waiting rooms and hospitals, to protect already immuno-compromised children from further infection
-First-Ever 510(k) Regulatory Clearance for Child’s Face Mask Applies New Standards in Scientific Validation for Respiratory Protection Device Marketed for Pediatric Use-
ROSWELL, Ga., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Kimberly-Clark Health Care (KCHC) announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Kimberly-Clark Child’s Face Mask. This marks the first time that the FDA has granted any manufacturer 510(k) clearance for a pediatric face mask and establishes the product with the designation of a Class II medical device.
Covidien plc (NYSE:COV) settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought against its corporate prececessor, Tyco Healthcare Group LP, by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:KMB) over endotracheal tubes.
The Mansfield, Mass.-based medical products giant and its Irving, Texas-based competitor agreed to settle the case, each paying their own legal fees, according to court documents.
Kimberly-Clark filed suit in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Wisconsin in April 2009, alleging that Covidien subsidiary Mallinckrodt’s SealGuard and SealGuard Evac endotracheal tubes infringe a patent for its Microcuff product.