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  • Ghana to bring in Cuban doctors during medical strike Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 8:23 AM ET

    ACCRA, Ghana— Ghana is going to bring in about 170 Cuban doctors to work at health facilities amid a doctors' strike, the health minister said Wednesday. The doctors, who are members of the Ghana Medical Association, have been on strike since Aug. 7 to back their demand for better working conditions, including salaries, allowances and benefits. The Police Hospital and...

  • Surgery Partners, owned by H.I. G Capital LLC, said BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley were among those underwriting the IPO. Reuters exclusively reported in March that Surgery Partners was preparing for a summer IPO, potentially valuing it at about $2 billion.

  • Olympus did not report the problems to the FDA until 2015, when the company was already under scrutiny for a more recent series of outbreaks. Medical device manufacturers are required to report serious device problems to the FDA within 30 days of learning about them. The FDA inspected four company sites in Japan and the U.S. between March and April this year.

  • *Mallinckrodt shares up flat in early trading. Aug 10- Dublin- based drugmaker Mallinckrodt Plc said it would buy immunotherapy company Therakos Inc in a deal valued at about $1.33 billion, its second major acquisition this year aimed at strengthening its hospital offerings. Mallinckrodt's purchase of Therakos from investment firm The Gores Group comes...

  • Aug 10- Drugmaker Mallinckrodt Plc said it would buy immunotherapy company Therakos Inc from investment firm The Gores Group in a deal valued at about $1.33 billion to strengthen its presence in hospitals. Therakos is a maker of immune cell therapy, which is delivered through extracorporeal photopheresis- a form of therapy used to treat patients with skin...

  • His medical networking platform DXY.com links two million doctors across China and has attracted funding from tech giants like Tencent. The reality is rather different: DXY is curbing plans to work with public hospitals to help connect doctors and patients online because of a lack of support by Beijing and obstacles working with China's huge, fragmented...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. hospitals urged antitrust regulators this week to consider whether health insurer Anthem Inc's planned acquisition of rival Cigna Corp would boost healthcare costs. In many of those markets, the American Hospital Association said, there are no strong competitors to buy assets that Anthem or Cigna might want to sell to pass muster with...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. hospitals urged antitrust regulators this week to consider whether health insurer Anthem Inc's planned acquisition of rival Cigna Corp would boost healthcare costs. In many of those markets, the American Hospital Association said, there are no strong competitors to buy assets that Anthem or Cigna might want to sell to pass muster with...

  • Aug 5- CVS Health Corp, which operates the nation's second-biggest pharmacy benefit manager, said that next year it will exclude an additional 31 prescription medicines from insurance coverage, including Viagra and widely used treatments for diabetes and multiple sclerosis. The 2016 excluded drugs, disclosed on Wednesday, also include Vivus Inc's weight...

  • Aug 5- CVS Health Corp, which operates the nation's second-biggest pharmacy benefit manager, said that next year it will exclude an additional 31 prescription medicines from insurance coverage, including Viagra and widely used treatments for diabetes and multiple sclerosis. The 2016 excluded drugs, disclosed on Wednesday, also include Vivus Inc's weight...

  • Aug 5- Hospital operator HCA Holdings Inc, the largest U.S. for-profit hospital operator, suggested benefits from the Affordable Care Act would taper off over the rest of the year, a warning that weighed on the stocks of hospital operators. LifePoint Health Inc closed down about 4 percent, Tenet Healthcare about 4.3 percent, Community Health Systems about 4...

  • *Medicaid memberships rise 10.8 pct. Last month, Anthem Inc said it would buy Cigna Corp and Aetna Inc announced the acquisition of Humana Inc.. The deals could present acquisition opportunities for WellCare and rival Centene Corp as Anthem and Aetna might have to sell some Medicare Advantage plans to satisfy antitrust regulators.

  • Aug 5- HCA Holdings Inc, the largest for-profit hospital operator in the United States, reported better-than-expected quarterly results, boosted by an increase in hospital admissions and emergency room visits. HCA, which operates about 165 hospitals and 115 independent surgery centers in the United States and UK, said it expected full-year profit towards...

  • Aug 5- HCA Holdings Inc, the largest for-profit hospital operator in the United States, reported a 7.2 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by an increase in admissions and emergency room visits. Net income attributable to the shareholders rose to $507 million, or $1.18 per share, for the second quarter ended June 30, from $483 million, or $1.07 per share, a year...

  • The FDA recommended at the time that any facilities using the TJF-Q180V device should train staff on the new instructions and implement them as soon as possible. In its latest safety update the FDA recommended hospitals also consider microbiological culturing to identify any bacterial contamination that may be present after the cleaning and...

  • UPDATE 1-Community Health to spin off 38 hospitals Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 5:35 PM ET

    The spinoff, a publicly traded company to be called Quorum Health Corp, will include a group of hospitals primarily located in cities and counties with populations under 50,000, Community Health said. The spinoff is intended to be tax-free to Community Health shareholders and expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.. Franklin, Tenn.- based...

  • UPDATE 1-Tenet Healthcare raises full-year outlook Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    Aug 3- Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare Corp on Monday raised its full-year forecast for earnings excluding special items as it treated fewer uninsured patients due to an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor under the Affordable Care Act. Dallas- based Tenet said it now expects 2015 EBITDA, excluding items, in a range of $2.225 billion to $2.325...

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    The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because its vulnerable to hacking.

  • BOSTON, July 31- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc's Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. Both the FDA and DHS said they know of no cases where such an attack has been launched, but the FDA said in its advisory that it strongly...

  • July 29- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, on Wednesday said the cost of potent, newly approved cholesterol drugs could "wreak financial havoc" among its clients. Express Scripts, which administers drug benefits for employers and health plans and also runs large mail-order pharmacies, has been challenging...