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  • Boston Scientific profit falls as litigation costs soar Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 7:16 AM ET

    Feb 4- Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp posted a 19 percent fall in fourth-quarter profit as litigation charges more than doubled. The company's net income fell to $87 million, or 6 cents per share, in the quarter ended Dec. 31 from $108 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding charges for restructuring, litigation and other costs, the...

  • *Sanofi struggling to find new CEO in narrow field. PARIS, Jan 30- Barring a last-minute breakthrough, drugs firm Sanofi's Chairman Serge Weinberg may have to acknowledge in his results presentation next week that the hunt for a new chief executive is not going well. Paris- schooled Olivier Bohuon, chief executive of British medical devices maker Smith& Nephew,...

  • 2015's strong outlook for healthcare IPOs  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:40 AM ET

    Cathrin Petty, co-head of EMEA healthcare at JP Morgan, says the U.K. has the capacity to be a successful market for life sciences, and the year ahead for healthcare IPOs looks strong.

  • The rise and rise of life sciences  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:55 AM ET

    George Freeman MP, minister of life sciences in the U.K., says there's been a "resurgence" for life sciences and healthcare investment.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- When Marty Weinstein decided to quit smoking, he took a friend's advice and tried electronic cigarettes rather than government-approved nicotine replacement products. E-cigarette makers in the United States are barred from explicitly marketing the products as smoking cessation devices, but have found ways to appeal legally to smokers who...

  • Jan 27- Medical device maker Abiomed Inc raised its full-year revenue forecast and said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved its heart pump, sending its stock nearly 32 percent in extended trading. Abiomed's heart pump, Impella RP, helps blood circulation for up to 14 days in patients who develop acute right heart failure following implantation,...

  • Jan 27- Medical device maker Abiomed Inc raised its full-year revenue forecast and said it had received U.S. approval for its heart pump, sending its stock soaring 24 percent after-hours. Abiomed raised its revenue estimate for the year ending March 31 to $223- $226 million from $209- $212 million. The company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved...

  • The cost of halting a pandemic? $344 billion: Study Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 12:15 PM ET
    A custodial worker wears a mask and eye protection to guard against the Ebola virus as he prepares to clean Ruth Cherry Intermediate School in Dallas.

    How much would it cost world governments to insulate their economies from global pandemics. Would you believe nearly $344 billion?

  • FBI agents on Wednesday raided the offices of Med-Care Diabetic& Medical Supplies Inc, a Florida medical device company whose executive vice president helped inspire the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street," according to a Reuters reporter and other witnesses. Danny Porush is a top executive at Med-Care who inspired the character portrayed by actor Jonah Hill in the...

  • FBI agents on Wednesday raided the offices of Med-Care Diabetic& Medical Supplies Inc, a Florida medical device company whose executive vice president helped inspire the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street," according to two witnesses. Dozens of agents from the FBI, Florida fraud department, and local police closed entrances to the building that houses Med-Care, and...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has approved a new device to treat obesity, the first since 2007, sending shares of its maker, EnteroMedics Inc, up as much as 74 percent. Known as the Maestro Rechargeable System, the device controls hunger and feelings of fullness by targeting the nerve pathway between the brain and the...

  • FDA approves EnteroMedics' novel device to treat obesity Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it has approved a new device to treat obesity, the first since 2007.. Known as the Maestro Rechargeable System, the device, made by EnteroMedics Inc, controls hunger and feelings of fullness by targeting the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach. But an FDA advisory panel...

  • Ten year flu shot near reality: Mount Sinai CEO Sunday, 11 Jan 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    A flu shot that lasts 10 years could be a reality soon, a top hospital executive told CNBC, along with "real steps" toward a cancer vaccine.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 9- China will allow online sales of prescription drugs as early as this month, a policy that will open up an over 1 trillion yuan market to online pharmacy operators like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.. The policy would help reform a fragmented and opaque market controlled by state-run distributors and hospitals, brought into...

  • Jan 2- Aethlon Medical Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the testing in Ebola patients of its bio-filtration device, which was used against the deadly virus in a critically ill patient in Germany who later recovered. Aethlon said on Friday that the FDA's approval allows for an Ebola study to be conducted in up to 20 infected subjects in...

  • Jan 2- Aethlon Medical Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved testing of the company's experimental device in Ebola patients. Patients will be administered for six to eight hours daily with the company's device, Hemopurifier, until the Ebola viral load drops below 1000 copies/ml, Aethlon said on Friday. The approved protocol allows for a study...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 28- For years, Google Inc's commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, an experience that led her to leave the Internet search giant in 2012 and start a company to help patients combat chronic disease. The program costs $15 a week and includes reminders to take medication.

  • Dec 19- A U.S. federal appeals court has slashed the damages that Zimmer Holdings Inc will have to pay Stryker Corp for infringing its patents on a surgical cleaning wand. Last year a jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, awarded medical device maker Stryker $70 million in lost profits and found Zimmer's conduct to have been willful. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 18- China agreed to allow U.S. medicines and medical devices into local markets more quickly and open up its anti-trust procedures, U.S. U.S. and Chinese officials said they made progress on a range of issues at three-day Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings, which aims to smooth out snags in a trade relationship worth more than $600 billion...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 18- China agreed to cut red tape for imports of U.S. medicines and medical devices and open up its anti-trust procedures, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said on Thursday after three days of bilateral talks. China agreed to publish the results of administrative proceedings conducted under its anti-monopoly law, which has been criticized for...