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Boston Scientific ordered to pay up for pacemaker replacement surgery by EU court

Boston Scientific advised physicians about a particular pacemaker in 2005--but then declined to pay the bills for those surgeries that it subsequently received from German health insurers. An EU court ruled on March 5 that the company is liable for those costs, according to Reuters.

St. Jude gains CE mark for first pacemaker with MultiPoint Pacing

St. Jude Medical has gained approval for a quadripolar cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker that for the first time incorporates its MultiPoint Pacing technology that's been shown to be better for patients who don't respond to traditional biventrical pacing.

Court rules Boston Scientific owes inventor of pacemaker $309M

Boston Scientific owes $309 million in royalties and other expenses to Mirowski Family Ventures, associated with the deceased Dr. Michel Mirowski, principal inventor of the the pacemaker, said a jury in Maryland's Montgomery County Circuit Court yesterday.

FDA approves next-generation Medtronic pacemaker

Medtronic snagged FDA approval for its next-generation cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) pacemaker in patients with heart failure, expanding its cardiovascular portfolio and advancing its proprietary technology for heart rhythm therapy.

Purdue engineering students develop device to test pacemaker lead attachment

Engineering students at Purdue University have come up with what they say is a simple, cost-effective tool cardiac surgeons can use to test whether pacemaker leads have been securely anchored to heart tissue.

Medtronic recalls batches of two cardiac pacemakers; Australia issues warning

Australian regulators have issued a "hazard alert" warning that a manufacturing snafu may cause a version of Medtronic's Consulta pacemaker to take in bodily fluid and then malfunction. But another model has also displayed problems; the company says it has recalled affected batches of both, and also notified surgeons.

Nanostim reports early human success with leadless pacer

Nanostim says its tiny wireless cardiac pacemaker has shown some success in its first three human patients, early signs that the potentially disruptive technology has legs. And the company's advance, presented this week at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver, may give it the lead over larger medical device rivals trying to come up with something similar.

Medtronic gets FDA nod for next-gen, MRI-friendly pacer

Medtronic gained FDA approval for what will become its second MRI-friendly pacer in the United States, and only the second device of its kind to gain a regulatory nod here.

UPDATED: FDA greenlights trial of Biotronik's MRI-safe pacemaker

The FDA approved a clinical trial of Biotronik's proMRI pacemaker, a device designed to operate without a hitch during an MRI. Over concerns that traditional pacemakers may be unsafe during the procedure, several companies have recently developed devices that can be marketed with MRI compatability mind.

Nanostim's leadless cardiac pacemaker proceeds in safety study

Nanostim, a small California startup, says it has successfully implanted a leadless cardiac pacemaker into 11 patients at a hospital in the Czech republic.