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  • UPDATE 1-Zimmer to buy Biomet in $13.35 bln deal Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    April 24- Medical device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc said it would buy orthopedic products company Biomet Inc in a deal valued at about $13.35 billion to broaden its portfolio of products that treat bone and joint-related disorders.

  • Zimmer to buy Biomet in $13.35 bln deal Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    April 24- Medical device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc said it would acquire orthopedic products company Biomet Inc in a deal valued at about $13.35 billion.

  • April 22- Intuitive Surgical Inc on Tuesday lowered its forecast for procedure growth for its da Vinci surgical robots, citing a slowdown in U.S. gynecology procedures. The medical device maker said it now expects da Vinci procedure growth in a range of 2 percent to 8 percent, down from the prior forecast of 9 percent to 12 percent.

  • April 22- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday proposed speeding up medical device approvals for patients who have no other treatment options through a new program focused on earlier and more frequent interactions between companies and FDA staff.

  • The proposed Expedited Access Premarket Approval Application program would feature earlier and more frequent interactions between companies and FDA staff. The program is not a new pathway to market, the FDA said, but rather a change in approach aimed at reducing the time it takes to develop a product and get it to market.

  • April 22- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed on Tuesday a new, more collaborative approach for faster approval of high-risk medical devices intended to treat patients with serious conditions with no other treatment options.

  • *Philips Q1 EBITA 314 mln euros vs Rtrs poll avg 341 mln. *Q1 hit by weaker Russia, China, currency effects. FRANKFURT, April 22- Philips reported a bigger-than-expected fall in quarterly operating profit and warned of a challenging 2014 owing to unfavourable exchange rates and slowing demand for medical equipment in China and Russia.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The United States said on Thursday it would send Ukraine's armed forces medical supplies, sleeping mats and other non-lethal aid, seeking to signal support for Kiev while stopping far short of adding any U.S. weaponry to a deepening standoff with Russia.

  • DEFENSE SECRETARY: UNITED STATES HAS APPROVED ADDITIONAL NON-LETHAL SUPPORT TO UKRAINE, INCLUDING MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND SHELTERS.

  • April 15- U.S. health regulators have approved four Boston Scientific Corp implantable devices for heart patients, including a next generation of smaller defibrillators to treat abnormal heart rhythms, the company said on Tuesday.

  • April 15- ConMed Corp, a surgical device maker that has been fighting off activist investors, is exploring a sale and has contacted large medical device companies to gauge their buyout interest, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

  • J&J beats forecasts, helped by new medicines Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    Johnson & Johnson turned in a solid first quarter Tuesday, topping analysts' profit and revenue estimates and increasing its 2014 earnings forecast by 5 cents a share.

  • BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT firm Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Waterloo, Ontario- based BlackBerry, a pioneer in the smartphone industry, has fallen on hard times as its market share has waned in recent years.

  • April 14- Shares of medical device maker Medtronic Inc fell as much as 6 percent after a U.S. court temporarily halted sales of its aortic heart valve replacement system in the country.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- A non-surgically implanted heart valve meant to delay open heart surgery in children with congenital heart defects worked well for all but a few patients during a year of follow-up observation, in line with favorable results seen in original clinical trials of the Medtronic Inc product.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- A non-surgically implanted heart valve meant to delay open heart surgery in children with congenital heart defects worked well for all but a few patients during a year of follow-up observation, in line with favorable results seen in original clinical trials of the Medtronic Inc product.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The minimally invasive aortic heart valve replacement system from Edwards Lifesciences Corp performed better than a rival product sold by Medtronic Inc in the first head-to-head study of the two, according to data from a small German trial presented at a major heart meeting on Sunday.

  • March 27- Alimera Sciences Inc said it has applied a fourth time for U.S. regulatory approval to start selling an eye implant that delivers a drug to treat a form of blindess in diabetes patients. The FDA asked for a new trial of the drug-device combination, but Alimera's partner, Psivida Corp, said that additional trials were not necessary.

  • Venture funds see growth in health care start-ups Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    As healthcare reform begins to take shape, venture capitalists see emerging opportunities in digital health start-ups.

  • Smile! Here's the next 'smart' product Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    P&G is bringing the dentist into your bathroom a smartphone-connected toothbrush, a device that gives personalized advice to help people improve their brushing.