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Aug. 15, 2012

Vol. 9 No. 160

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Medicare Coverage of Heart Assist Devices Up for Review This November

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to re-examine its coverage standards for ventricular assist devices (VAD), but any changes in the offing are still under wraps. Read More

AngioDynamics Lacked Approval on Device Feature, 483 States

A Form 483 for AngioDynamics of Queensbury, N.Y., states the company distributed a range of devices with flaws or unapproved features. Read More

Contact Lens Promising in Glaucoma

Continuous intraocular pressure measurement with a contact lens sensor was safe and tolerable with repeated use, although mild adverse effects were common and the measurements were variable, researchers said. Read More

New Anti-Bacterial Polymer Coating Eyed for Medical Devices

The discovery of bacteria-resistant polymers is being hailed as a potential biomedical breakthrough that could be used to create coatings for surgical and hospital devices, reducing the risk of infection. Read More

New Medical Devices Get Smart

For amputees like John Redfield, shopping for a new pair of shoes used to be a major hassle. Read More

Federal Appeals Court Sends Smith & Nephew / KCI Bout Back to Texas

A federal judge in Texas erred when he failed to give enough weight to a jury’s finding in a patent infringement case between Smith & Nephew and Kinetic Concepts, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Read More

Medtronic Launches CareLink Express Service

In line with the company’s commitment to provide superior economic value to customers, Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of the CareLink Express Service. Read More

Helix Medical Expands Role in Advanced Catheter Systems

Helix Medical is boosting its global footprint with the acquisition of a 50 percent share in Cambus Medical as of January 2013. Read More