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FDA warns of 9 deaths due to coatings on minimally invasive intravascular medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety communication regarding a wide array of intravascular implanted devices and delivery tools that have coatings designed to reduce friction and improve maneuverability.

Medtronic axes 150 jobs in new Irish tax domicile

Cue the Medtronic-Covidien layoffs. Medtronic is cutting 150 jobs in Ireland, months after closing its megadeal with Covidien and shifting its domicile to the country to enjoy the benefits of a lower tax rate.

Baxter to cut 1,400 jobs, add former Covidien head Almeida as CEO

Baxter had scarcely completed its July separation from therapeutics business Baxalta when it suddenly became a target for activist investor Third Point in early August. Last month, Baxter offered an olive branch to the hedge fund by adding two new directors to its board, one of them from the firm.

FDA warns of potentially fatal problems with Covidien, Dräger ventilators

The FDA warned of a Covidien ventilator that may not deliver enough air, and another one from Dräger Medical that has faulty batteries. The ongoing corrective actions of about 2,700 units of the devices have been deemed Class 1, a designation reserved for situations "in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death."

Med tech megamergers haven't translated to massive layoffs--at least not yet

None of the giant med tech acquisitions that have closed recently have resulted in a reduction in employee count yet. Not Medtronic-Covidien, Zimmer-Biomet, nor Becton Dickinson-CareFusion. But the rumors are already swirling on where all the anticipated cost savings and reduduncies will be found. That's according to the latest jobs data from  EP Vantage.

Medtronic plays both sides: a new varicose vein adhesive found comparable to its ablation treatment

The latest data from Medtronic demonstrate just how wide its market reach extends. It found that a recently approved adhesive treatment for chronic venous insufficiency is comparable to radiofrequency ablation via a device that it also markets. That makes it seem like a win-win for the medical device giant, which now offers two equivalent, but distinct, treatment modalities.

Covidien settles the score in more than 11,000 vaginal mesh cases

Medtronic's Covidien unit is settling more than 11,000 claims related to transvaginal mesh devices, months after a judge urged companies facing litigation over the products to resolve cases with plaintiffs rather than battling it out in court.

Medtronic recalls tracheotomy tubes due to problem that could result in difficulty breathing

Medtronic announced a large voluntary recall of its Shiley neonatal and pediatric tracheostomy tubes is underway due to a wider angle bend among affected models than in those manufactured after Nov. 29, 2012. It has suspended shipments of the faulty tubes.

Medtronic vein closure device recalled in Europe, Asia right around time of its U.S. launch

Medtronic's Covidien was hit with a recall of 1,661 units of its VenaSeal Sapheon Closure System, a procedural delivery system for an adhesive that treats venous reflux disease by closing the affected veins in the lower leg.

First adhesive varicose vein treatment wins FDA approval

With the FDA approval of Covidien's VenaSeal closure system, medical professionals can for the first time treat varicose veins in the legs by using an adhesive to cut off blood supply.