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5 French Execs In Breast Implant Scandal On Trial

April 17, 2013 8:26 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of women who received faulty breast implants gathered Wednesday in a makeshift courthouse in the south of France for the fraud trial of five executives accused of using cheap industrial silicone to fill tens of thousands of implants that were sold around the world.

Court: Can Human Genes Be Patented?

April 15, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court grapples Monday with the question of whether human genes can be patented, and the ultimate answer could reshape U.S. medical research, the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer and the multi-billion dollar medical and biotechnology business.

Abbott Recalls Blood Glucose Meters

April 15, 2013 8:12 am | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories is recalling its FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters after finding that they display and store incorrect test results for dangerously high blood sugar levels. The company says the meters will display and store readings for blood glucose levels of 1,024 milligrams per deciliter or higher at much lower levels.

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Integra LifeSciences Recalls Some Collagen Items

April 11, 2013 8:16 am | News | Comments

The company said it is taking some production lots of its DuraGen and Dural Graft Matrix products off the market because of possible "deviations from approved manufacturing processes." The products were made at a facility in Añasco, Puerto Rico, between December 2010 and May 2011 and between November 2012 and March 2013.

Robot Hot Among Surgeons But FDA Taking A New Look

April 9, 2013 8:31 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it and the high cost of using the robotic system. There also have been a few disturbing, freak incidents: a robotic hand that wouldn't let go of tissue grasped during surgery and a robotic arm hitting a patient in the face.

Court Overturns $482M Patent Decision Against J&J

April 4, 2013 8:14 pm | News | Comments

A federal appeals court says that a Johnson & Johnson heart stent does not infringe a patent held by a doctor and inventor, overturning a $482 million decision against the company. The three-judge panel said a lower court misinterpreted the company's patent and should not have ruled in favor of Bruce Saffran, a doctor from Princeton, N.J.

Sony, Olympus Merging Medical Businesses On April 16

April 3, 2013 2:17 pm | News | Comments

Sony Corp. and Olympus Corp. said Wednesday they will merge their medical businesses on April 16, after it was postponed twice due to a delay in obtaining regulatory approval overseas. The two companies initially planned to set up the new medical equipment company, to be named Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc., by the end of last year.

Prosecutor: Researcher Stole Cancer Data For China

April 2, 2013 1:48 pm | News | Comments

A researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin is charged with espionage after prosecutors say he stole details of a cancer-fighting compound that he wanted to share with China. Prosecutors say Hua Jun Zhao stole the compound, C-25, and data that led to its development.

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Drug Maker Novartis Loses India Cancer Patent Battle

April 1, 2013 9:03 am | by Nirmala George, Associated Press | News | Comments

India's Supreme Court on Monday rejected drug maker Novartis AG's attempt to patent an updated version of a cancer drug in a landmark decision that health activists say ensures poor patients around the world will get continued access to cheap versions of lifesaving medicines.

Warning Issued On Doctors' Stakes In Device Firms

March 26, 2013 2:01 pm | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general said the increasingly common practice is "inherently suspect" and may violate anti-kickback laws, according to the special fraud alert. The agency has only issued a handful of these national fraud alerts in the past 20 years and the warning sends a strong message to doctors.

Brown, Lifespan Sign Deal On Marketing Discoveries

March 26, 2013 7:40 am | News | Comments

Brown University has signed a deal with Lifespan to market biomedical discoveries and inventions by researchers in the state's largest health system. The university said Monday that its Technology Ventures Office will help manage and provide marketing, licensing, business development and other services for certain new discoveries made by Lifespan scientists.

J&J Recalls OneTouch Verio Blood Sugar Meters

March 25, 2013 1:50 pm | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has announced a voluntary recall for all its OneTouch VerioIQ blood glucose meters in the U.S. because they do not provide a warning when a diabetic's blood sugar level is dangerously high. Instead, the meters turn off. The meters are made by J&J's LifeScan unit, which will issue a free replacement meter to all patients.

Heart Repair Breakthroughs Replace Surgeon's Knife

March 25, 2013 7:37 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Heart care is in the midst of a transformation. Many problems that once required sawing through the breastbone and opening up the chest for open heart surgery now can be treated with a nip, twist or patch through a tube. These minimal procedures used to be done just to unclog arteries and correct less common heart rhythm problems.

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Court: Can A Generic Drugmaker Be Sued Over Design?

March 19, 2013 2:22 pm | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether generic drug manufacturers can be sued in state court for a drug's design defects after federal officials approved the brand-name version. The justices Tuesday heard arguments from generic manufacturer Mutual Pharmaceutical Co, Inc.

Cynosure Buying Palomar Medical In $294M Deal

March 18, 2013 1:29 pm | News | Comments

Cynosure is buying Palomar Medical Technologies Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $294 million. Both Cynosure and Palomar's products include cosmetic laser and intense pulsed light systems. Both companies' boards unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter.

Jury Orders Illumina To Pay $96M In Patent Lawsuit

March 15, 2013 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Genetic analysis instrument maker Illumina Inc. said Friday that a federal jury ruled against it in a patent infringement trial, and ordered the San Diego company to pay $96 million in damages to Syntrix Biosystems. The jury found that Illumina's BeadChip products infringed on a patent belonging to Syntrix.

Stryker Gets FDA Warning Letter After Inspection

March 13, 2013 8:08 am | News | Comments

Orthopedic maker Stryker Corp. said Tuesday that it received a warning from government regulators about quality control issues and unapproved marketing of medical devices. The company said it got the letter from the Food and Drug Administration following a November inspection of its Portage, Mich., facility.

Take Two Of These

March 12, 2013 4:41 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

By injecting the aforementioned inebriated mice with nanocapsules full of enzymes that are instrumental in alcohol metabolism, researchers have not only sobered the little vermin, but created a unique drug delivery technology that could disrupt the medical industry.

Stroke Prevention Device Misses Key Goal In Study

March 11, 2013 10:48 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Early results from a key study of Boston Scientific Corp.'s Watchman device suggested it is safer than previous testing found, but may not be better than a drug that is used now for preventing strokes, heart-related deaths and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation over the long term.

Jury Awards $8M In Damages In J&J Hip Case

March 8, 2013 2:24 pm | News | Comments

Jurors on Friday awarded the damages in 65-year-old Loren Kransky's negligence and defective design suit against the giant health care company and its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary. It's the first of thousands of similar cases that attorneys say left people with crippling problems or in need of other replacement surgeries.

Jury Awards Woman $3.35M In J&J Implant Suit

February 26, 2013 7:52 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's the first verdict in about 4,000 lawsuits filed against the giant health products maker based in New Brunswick, N.J. At least one plaintiff has won a lawsuit against one of the other 30-plus makers of the once-popular implants, used to lift sagging pelvic organs back into place.

Feds Probe J&J On Recalled Hip Implant Marketing

February 22, 2013 1:34 pm | News | Comments

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson says it's under investigation by federal prosecutors over the company's practices in marketing a line of hip replacements recalled two years ago because many failed and had to be replaced within five years.

Scientists Use 3-D Printing To Help Grow An Ear

February 21, 2013 8:14 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Printing out body parts? Cornell University researchers showed it's possible by creating a replacement ear using a 3-D printer and injections of living cells. The work reported Wednesday is a first step toward one day growing customized new ears for children born with malformed ones, or people who lose one to accident or disease.

Abiomed Says FDA Ends Probe

February 21, 2013 8:10 am | News | Comments

Heart device maker Abiomed Inc. said Wednesday that U.S. regulators have wrapped up a 20-a-month investigation into improper marketing of one its products, notifying the company that the case has been closed after evaluating the company's corrective actions.

Manufacturing Revival Radio: Butch Rich Of Rame-Hart

February 20, 2013 1:46 pm | Podcasts | Comments

If you have ever had a flu shot, then there is a good chance that in a small way you are connected to our next guest. We welcomed to the show Butch Rich, Director of Operations with Rame-Hart. Rame-Hart began as a design and build machine shop and today has evolved into a leading manufacturer of Egg Harvesters and Inoculators

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