The Food and Drug Administration updated its April safety warning, saying doctors should not use the devices, called laparoscopic power morcellators, for performing a hysterectomy or removing uterine fibroids "in the vast majority of women." Maisel said the FDA is recommending that makers of laparoscopic power morcellators immediately include in the...» Read More
Aug 20- Hackers who stole the personal data of about 4.5 million patients of hospital group Community Health Systems Inc broke into the company's computer system by exploiting the "Heartbleed" internet bug, making it the first known large-scale cyber attack using the flaw, according to a security expert.
Aug 19- Medtronic Inc Chief Executive Omar Ishrak defended his company's plan to acquire Dublin- based Covidien Plc in a so-called inversion deal, saying the medical device maker will be able to create more U.S. jobs while still paying substantial taxes once the transaction closes.
NEW YORK, Aug 19- Private equity firm Apax Partners LLP is exploring a sale of U.S. healthcare information technology company TriZetto Corp, hoping to fetch as much as $3 billion including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.
Diversified U.S. manufacturer 3 M Co and medical equipment makers CareFusion Corp and C.R. Bard Inc are among the companies exploring a potential deal for ConvaTec, the people said. CareFusion, with a market capitalization of $9 billion, and C.R. Bard, with $11.2 billion, would both be able to achieve an inversion if they use their own stock to pay for ConvaTec.
Aug 18- U.S. hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc said it suspected personal data, including patient names and addresses, of about 4.5 million people were stolen by Chinese hackers from its computer network during April and June. It did not include patient credit card or medical information, Community Health Systems said in a regulatory filing.
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS SAYS DATA STOLEN IN CYBER ATTACK@. Aug 18- U.S. hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc said it suspected data of about 4.5 million clients were stolen by Chinese hackers from its computer network.
Ebola outbreaks may become more frequent because of climate change, scientists warn, as the deadly disease ravages West Africa.
WASHINGTON, Aug 14- A senior U.S. senator said on Thursday he has written to Hospira Inc and urged the drug and medical device maker not to move its tax domicile abroad to save on U.S. taxes.
Shares of Malaysia's latex glove makers have had a tough year so far, but some analysts expect panic over Africa's Ebola outbreak may spur gains.
BOSTON, Aug 13- Harvard Management Co, which oversees the Ivy League school's $32.7 billion endowment, took a new position in surgical device maker Covidien Plc during the second quarter before news of a planned takeover helped push the stock price higher, a regulatory filing shows.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 12- Apple Inc has been discussing how its "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor to electronic health records provider Epic Systems, people familiar with the discussions said.
U.S. biotech firm Celladon hopes that its Mydicar treatment can help patients like Lee Adams who have advanced heart failure and rely on so called Left Ventricular Assist Devices to keep them alive until a donor heart becomes available.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 6- Practice Fusion, provider of a free electronic health record service for doctors, bought app developer Ringadoc on Wednesday as it moves into a new market: telemedicine. Research firm IHS forecast that the U.S. market will grow to $1.9 billion in 2018, from $240 million in 2013..
Aug 5- Cerner Corp, a U.S. provider of healthcare information technology services, said it will buy the assets of Siemens AG's healthcare division for $1.3 billion. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015 and will be financed with cash on hand, Cerner said.
Aug 4- Symmetry Medical Inc said it would sell its orthopedic device component business to privately held Tecomet Inc for $450 million. Symmetry Medical will transfer ownership of its remaining surgical instruments business to its shareholders as a new company.
Aug 4- Medical device maker Symmetry Medical Inc said it would sell its orthopedic device components business to privately held Tecomet Inc for $450 million. Symmetry Medical will transfer ownership of its remaining surgical instruments business to its shareholders as a new company.
Lawrence Livermore is reaching out to private industry amid a race for talent and ideas to solve pressing issues including national security.
July 30- Johnson& Johnson said on Wednesday it plans to ask doctors to return its power morcellators, a controversial surgical device that may inadvertently spread cancer in women being treated for uterine growths called fibroids. The FDA had advised doctors not to use the devices pending further review.
July 30- Hospira Inc, a pharmaceutical and medical device maker, posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on higher sales of specialty injectable drugs, and raised its full-year outlook.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's nine-member antitrust panel will meet on Wednesday to consider the decisions by Alcon, owned by Novartis AG; Bausch& Lomb, owned by Valeant Pharmaceuticals; and Johnson& Johnson to put in place minimum sale prices for some of their products.