St. Jude Medical agreed to pay as much as $14.25 million to settle about 950 claims related to its Riata defibrillator leads. The wires used to shock a heart that is beating abnormally degraded in as few as four years and were pulled from the market in 2010.
The duodenoscope safety saga is growing ever more dramatic. The infected endoscopes for visualization of the bile and pancreatic duct have left dead patients in their wake, since at least 1987, it turns out. Are duodenoscopes this year's equivalent of power morcellators? Attorney Peter Kaufman plans four to six additional lawsuits against duodenoscope manufacturer Olympus, including three wrongful death suits related to an outbreak of the antibiotic-resistant "superbug" known as CRE.
Johnson & Johnson has launched a health and wellness platform that's slated to function across all its businesses. The pan-corporate initiative launched with an example from its orthopedics player DePuy Synthes--the Patient Athlete program to help joint replacement patients better manage pain reduction before and after surgery.
Amid growing backlash over the use of laparoscopic power morcellator devices in minimally invasive gynecological procedures, the U.S.'s largest health insurer is tightening its reins on coverage for hysterectomies.
Nikon will acquire the Optos Group for £259.3 million ($400 million) as part of its long-term plan to expand into the medical sector. Last June, the long-suffering camera giant restructured and unveiled a plan to establish itself again as a growth company--part of that is to leverage its optical technologies to expand into the medical industry.
Portuguese researchers are developing and testing a smart, portable system to manage Parkinson's disease in real time. The so-called Rempark system has been tested on more than 50 volunteers from Spain, Italy, Ireland and Israel, reports Medical Xpress. Unlike previous studies, these outpatients lived at home and used the device in real-world conditions.
Entrepreneur Keith Kocho is designing a smart tablet specifically for the elderly. He's been given $1 million from Google Ventures and Atlas Venture to work on the project.
Boston Scientific touted its new cleared endoscopic SpyGlass DS Direct Visualization System enabling direct visualization of the biliary tree and pancreatic ducts. With the FDA's 510(k) clearance now in hand, the device can hit the market.
Continuous glucose monitor company DexCom turned a profit for the first time during the fourth quarter of last year. It also said it completed its FDA submission for its first direct-access smartphone CGM, the G5, which transmits data directly to a smartphone and from the phone to a secure system.
Illumina has revealed a new fund structure to back startup graduates from its accelerator that launched early last year. Dubbed Illumina Accelerator Boost Capital, the fund has secured an initial $40 million capital commitment from Viking Global Investors.
Indian diagnostics company Thyrocare, which touts itself as "the world's largest thyroid testing laboratory," is planning an IPO on the Indian stock market by the end of June with hopes of raising $85 to $100 million.
Neuromodulation company Cyberonics and cardiovascular device player Sorin in an all-stock deal that now values the combination at $3 billion.
The FDA has issued a stern warning to infection control specialist Cenorin, advising the company to correct violations such as failing to notify the FDA of a correction sent to users of its medical device disinfection system.
Less than a week after the FDA warned healthcare providers that endoscopes' design could make them more difficult to clean, contributing to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, Olympus is facing the first patient suit over the devices stemming from a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California.
Allen Zderad lost his vision, but due to a bionic eye implant from a clinical trial, he regained the ability to see human forms and outlines of objects. The implant sends light wave signals to the optic nerve, compensating for a damaged retina.
Imagine having your disabled hand replaced with a functional prosthetic one. It's a reality, The Lancet pronounced, at least for three Austrian men who suffered from injuries to the network of nerves that originate in the neck and control movement from the shoulder down to the hand.
The former owner, president and manager of Miami, FL-based Quick Solutions Medical Supplies, Angel Mirabal, has pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud charges, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Germany's Raumedic is opening a $27 million polymer manufacturing facility in Henderson County, NC, that is expected to provide more than 170 jobs to the region.
The FDA issued a pair of Class II recall notices on Feb. 24 for the EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer. The agency said the device may "exhibit interference in the back of the instrument grips due to manufacturing variability in some jaws."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to update the labels for duodenoscopes linked to the recent "superbug" outbreak that were inadequately cleaned, according to a Reuters report.