MASSDEVICE ON CALL — In a breakthrough surgery a team of physicians at Peking University implanted a 3D-printed vertebra for the 1st time in a 12-year-old boy with a malignant tumor on his spinal cord.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Another tech giant may be about to jump into the healthcare space.
Modern Healthcare reported that "leaders" from online retailer Amazon took a meeting last month with the FDA’s global regulatory operations & policy deputy commissioner, Howard Sklamberg, as well as other agency officials. The paper noted the meeting in one of the FDA’s recent calendar updates.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Medical device industry lobbyists have new ammunition in the fight against the 2.3% Affordable Care Act tax thanks to a U.S. Treasury report citing several issues with the IRS’s management of the levy.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Chinese regulators are pushing local healthcare systems to look within when buying new medical products, a campaign that could spell bad news for global medtech giants that have placed big bets on the country’s emerging healthcare market.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Physicians’ groups are up in arms about the looming launch of the a public database of industry-doctor relationships, citing concerns about errors in reporting and security breaches that appear to muddle the program’s credibility.
The public database, scheduled to go live September 30, will allow anyone with interest to peruse troves of data about the financial exchanges between doctors and manufacturers of drugs and medical devices, but the novel program has its share of issues.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Physicians at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit last month became the 1st in the U.S. to use a minimally invasive technique to replace a failing tricuspid valve.
The team used a transcatheter aortic valve implant in the procedure, after the patient was turned down at 1 major medical center and doctors at another said her only option was a heart transplant.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A pair of patients at an Austrian hospital became addicted to morphine after one of them hacked their drug pumps to boost their dosage, according to a local report.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Doctors are drawing new attention to the link between cardiac surgery and depression in the days following the suicide of beloved actor Robin Williams.