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Wayne Parsons

New Medical Device Allows Immediate Blood Analysis During Surgery

Timing is everything in surgery and blood analysis informs the doctors about the presence of disease. Now a team of British electronic professors and medical doctors has developed a new device to do…

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Medical Device Safety Act would allow state suits, but some lawmakers oppose it.

The Greenville News (5/24, Osby) reported that the Medical Device Safety Act of 2009… would reverse the high court’s decision and would allow patients to sue Medtronic under state law. Don…

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Obama undoes Bush pre-emption policies.

The AP (5/21, Yost) reports, The Obama White House on Wednesday undid a Bush administration policy that used federal regulations to undermine a wide range of state health, safety and environmental…

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House lawmakers hear debate over medical device preemption.

CQ HealthBeat (5/14, Kim) reports that the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee heard witness testimony on a measure that would allow consumers to sue companies under state law…

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Tort Reform For Victims of Unsafe Medical Devices: Pass The Medical Device Safety Act of 2009

Hearings began on Tuesday, May 12th before the Subcommittee on Health on H.R. 1346, The Medical Device Safety Act of 2009. I explain it below but before you go any further make sure to read the…

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Hawaii Swine Flu Update – Tamiflu Stockpiles Vary Widely Throughout World

Hawaii has a few Swine Flu cases, most recently a student up at UH. Our medical community seems well organized and prepared. The entire country seems to be on top of this situation.
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Synthes settles investigation into conflicts of interest among physicians researching its products.

The New York Times (5/7, B4, Abelson) reports,

The New Jersey attorney general has announced a settlement with a medical device maker accused of failing to disclose financial conflicts of…

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Mentor Corporation Sued for Complications Associated with ObTape.

The New York Times (5/5, D5, Rabin) reports that dozens of women are suing the maker of [a] vaginal sling, called ObTape for complications they claim are associated with the product.
The product…

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Embattled FDA Office of Device Evaluation Accused of Acting Illegally

The New York Times (4/22, A15, Harris) reports,

An unusual internal meeting scheduled for Wednesday at the Food and Drug Administration may signal how agency officials intend to handle the many…

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Study Links Catastrophic Cartilage Damage To Pain Pumps

recent studies have shown that intra-articular pain pumps can cause catastrophic cartilage damage

The pain pump is designed to deliver medication directly to the surgical wound site or in close…