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  • June 14- U.S. medical device maker Medtronic Inc is in advanced talks to buy rival Covidien Plc in a deal valued at $45 billion to $50 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

  • June 14- Medical-device maker Medtronic Inc and rival Covidien Plc are in advanced talks to combine in a deal valued at $45 billion to $50 billion, a source familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

  • June 14- U.S. medical device maker Medtronic Inc is in advanced talks to merge with rival Covidien Plc in a deal valued at between $45 billion and $50 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

  • PARIS, June 14- French drugmaker Sanofi said on Saturday it was teaming up with U.S. medical device maker Medtronic in diabetes. Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding, Sanofi and Medtronic will initially cooperate on developing drug-device combinations and offering care management services for diabetes patients.

  • Medtronic, Covidien in advanced talks to combine -WSJ Saturday, 14 Jun 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    June 14- Medical-device maker Medtronic Inc and rival Covidien PLC are in advanced talks to combine in a deal that could be worth more than $40 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter. Covidien is based in Ireland, which is known for having a relatively low tax rate.

  • PARIS, June 14- French drugmaker Sanofi said on Saturday it was teaming up with U.S. medical device maker Medtronic in diabetes. Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding, Sanofi and Medtronic will initially cooperate on developing drug-device combinations and offering care management services for diabetes patients.

  • *China launches anti-dumping probe into dialysis kit makers. SHANGHAI, June 13- China on Friday launched an anti-dumping investigation into makers of blood dialysis equipment in the European Union and Japan, including market leader Fresenius Medical Care AG& Co KGaA, challenging the international firms who currently dominate the global and Chinese markets.

  • CHICAGO, June 6- A new way of evaluating tumors may soon help cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link to their disease- and the best possible treatment- all in a single test. "We really are moving away from this one drug, one biomarker, one companion diagnostic," said Dr Richard Pazdur, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's oncology chief.

  • June 4- HeartWare International Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following an inspection of its manufacturing plant in Florida in January. HeartWare has also been asked to address issues related to its production and quality procedures and fix problems cited in FDA's inspection.

  • Medical device maker HeartWare gets FDA warning letter Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    June 4- HeartWare International Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following an inspection of its manufacturing plant in Florida in January. The FDA has not restricted the use of HeartWare devices, the company said in a statement.

  • May 28- Medtronic Inc has agreed to pay the United States $9.9 million to settle claims that the company used kickbacks to induce doctors to implant its pacemakers and defibrillators in patients, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • Medtronic settles U.S. kickbacks case over pacemakers Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    May 28- Medtronic Inc has agreed to pay $9.9 million to the United States to settle claims it used kickbacks to induce doctors to implant its pacemakers and defibrillators in patients.

  • J&J said it was positioned for growth through new products recently launched and those in its pipeline and would place significant focus on fast-growing emerging markets, particularly China and Russia. J&J said it has the number one diabetes business in China, with a population that includes a quarter of the world's diabetics.

  • May 20- Medtronic Inc agreed to pay more than $1 billion to rival Edwards Lifesciences Corp to settle patent litigation and keep its CoreValve artificial heart valve on the U.S. market. Edwards was first to market with its Sapien technology in 2011 in the United States, while Medtronic received U.S. regulatory approval for CoreValve in January.

  • May 20- Medtronic Inc agreed to pay royalties to rival Edwards Lifesciences Corp so it can continue to sell its CoreValve replacement heart valves, the medical device maker said on Tuesday. Medtronic said it would give Edwards a one-time payment of $750 million, plus ongoing royalty payments through April 2022, based on a percentage of CoreValve sales.

  • May 20- Medtronic Inc said on Tuesday it agreed to pay royalties to rival medical device maker Edwards Lifesciences Corp in a settlement that allows Medtronic to continue to sell its CoreValve replacement heart valves.

  • AstraZeneca Chair: Shareholders, 'vote me away' Monday, 19 May 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    As AstraZeneca's shares slid following its rejection of Pfizer's new bid, the company's chairman said he was "reasonably confident" it was the right decision.

  • Boston Scientific gets subpoena over defibrillators Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 11:37 PM ET

    May 8- Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp said it received a subpoena this week from the Department of Health and Human Services seeking information about the performance of some of its implanted defibrillators. Boston Scientific, which competes with Medtronic Inc and St. Jude Medical Inc in selling ICDs, said it is cooperating with the request.

  • *Sees 2nd- qtr revenue $2.50 bln- $2.53 bln vs est. May 7- Technology outsourcing company Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp said growth in its North America healthcare business would remain slow this quarter due to lower spending by customers adjusting to U.S. healthcare reforms.

  • *Forecasts 2nd- quarter revenue $2.50 bln- $2.53 bln vs est. May 7- Technology outsourcing company Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp said growth in its North America healthcare business would remain slow this quarter due to lower spending by customers as they adjust to changes brought on by Obamacare.