Category Archives: Cardiovascular

Loose the clown posse; Uncle Sam has cancer fever

You have to hand it to the cancer lobby. It really has the U.S. federal government wrapped around its little finger. Some will say I’m overstating the case, but is that really a solid argument? Let’s examine the evidence. Mortality,…

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Rough start to 2016: J&J lays off 3,000

Johnson & Johnson’s year did not get off to a great start. Not that last year was any better. I mean the company report lagging sales in its medical device’s market. But the start of 2016, led off with the…

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Momma said there’d be days like this: Heartware pauses trial again

  The mood was pretty somber going into Heartware’s (Framingham, Mass.) breakout session during the 34th annual J.P.Morgan Healthcare conference. But why wouldn’t it be? It’s not everyday that a med-tech CEO has to discuss halting a European trial on…

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Throwback Thursday: MDD revisits 2005/2006 Guidant drama

This week in med-tech history:  Nine years ago this week the biggest news in Medical Device Daily was Guidant’s recall of nearly 50,000 implantable defibrillators, coupled with the company’s failure to alert customers of the danger of one of the…

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Cutting the fat, without actually cutting

America is the fattest country in the world. The obesity epidemic is one of the largest problems facing the healthcare system, both from a clinical and an economic perspective. Pardon the pun. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports…

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Dads and Devices: 20 years of med-tech history

Sooner or later, we’ll all know someone who has lost his or her life to heart disease, and today, Sept. 10, 2012, is the 20th anniversary of my father’s passing. George Edward McCarty had undergone a triple bypass several years…

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St. Jude in spat over Heart Rhythm paper

“Take it back!” “No, I won’t take it back, you stop bothering me!” “I said . . . take it back!” No, I didn’t hear this exchange at the playground in my neighborhood. Nor did this occur at the customer…

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Interview with a med-tech legend

At Medical Device Daily we’re usually fortunate enough to talk to a lot of the movers and shakers in the medical device industry. Company CEOs, doctors, researchers, and other industry leaders who are truly on the front lines of medical…

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Happy Birthday Barbie!

It’s hard to believe by looking at the 11.5” cultural icon, but Barbie is celebrating her 53rd birthday today. Perhaps her life in plastic is the reason she looks so great for her age but the Society for Vascular Surgery…

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TAVR: What it says about FDA and CMS

The story has been out for a while about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), so maybe it’s time to project into the future. Before we head there, however, we should revisit the past. The pivotal event in this story is…

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