Tag Archives: Medtronic

Will innovation pay the price for med-tech biggering?

The urge to go on biggering and biggering and biggering has taken over the med-tech world. Barely a year after Zimmer and Biomet completed a $14 billion merger to become the second largest orthopedic device maker, the company now plans…

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We wish you a … tax repeal!

Right about this time last week, somewhere between the third slice of pumpkin pie and a turkey-induced coma, my mind drifted over some of the stories Medical Device Daily has covered in 2014 and all the things the med-tech industry…

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Corporate greed vs. the American Dream

In 2004 my hometown lost its largest employer to corporate greed. I was a young reporter for the local newspaper, The Register-Mail, when Maytag closed its doors in 2004, forcing roughly 1,600 workers in Galesburg, Illinois and surrounding towns out…

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TCT 2013: What we didn’t hear

There’s a lot to be said for gatherings like TCT. It brings device makers, doctors, and FDA together in a way that seems formulaic, but there’s nothing like face time to help people with sharply opposing views to hash out…

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Double trouble: Two firms under FDA’s microscope

A lot of warning letters and other FDA enforcement action are addressed to obscure companies, but lately a few big names have come under scrutiny. In a recent posting here at MDD Perspectives, we addressed a warning letter to Edwards…

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Three for all: What’s new in 2013

There’s always something going on in the world of medical devices, including in the policy, regulatory and legal spheres. Following is a trio of quick updates on stories that have emerged since the start of the year. FDA pre-emption back…

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Three Things To Watch in 2013

The new year is in full swing, but just as the Treaty of Versailles left a big mess to be resolved in another bloody conflict a scant 20 years later, the end of 2012 was anything but the end of…

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Dinner at the end of the Medtronic Infuse story

I consider myself an omnivore, but I never much cared for the taste of crow. All the same, it seems there’s some bird meat on the menu thanks to a blog I posted last year about the problems Medtronic was…

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Once again, the FDA budget dynamic

No doubt some are tired of hearing me go on about the FDA budget, but industry thinks the agency is under-funded, too. Most who are part of this discussion believe FDA would be more functional with appropriate appropriations, but they…

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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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