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Clinical and Nursing Equipment
Invacare sells off medical supplies business to AssuraMed
Supply chain services : 22 January, 2013
Invacare completes the sale of its Invacare Supply Group (ISG) medical supplies business to AssuraMed of Twinsburg, Ohio, USA, a leader in wholesale and home-delivered medical supplies across the USA, for a purchase price of approximately $150.8 million in cash, which is subject to final post-closing adjustments.
 
DaVita plans to provide dialysis services in Taiwan
Renal and dialysis equipment : 22 January, 2013
DaVita, the kidney care division of DaVita HealthCare Partners and a leading provider of kidney care services, is forming a joint venture with Riches Healthcare (RHC), through which a new entity - DaVita Taiwan - will provide services to four dialysis clinics.
 
Recombinant vaccine from Protein Sciences gains FDA approval
Therapeutics : 21 January, 2013
The US Food and Drug Administration approves Protein Sciences' vaccine Flublok for the prevention of seasonal influenza in adults 18 to 49 years of age.
 
St Jude Medical receives US FDA approval of new version of remote patient monitoring system
Patient monitoring equipment : 17 January, 2013
St Jude Medical receives US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the next-generation Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN), a secure, Internet-based remote care system for patients with implanted medical devices.
 
Soterix Medical completes a Phase-1 Stroke-Aphasia trial
Neuroscience equipment : 17 January, 2013
New York-based medical device company Soterix Medical completes a Phase-1 Stroke-Aphasia trial using the company's revolutionary and proprietary non-invasive brain targeting platform called High Definition-Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation ( HD-tDCS ).
 
Study shows noninvasive and continuous total haemoglobin monitoring reduces blood transfusions and costs
Patient monitoring equipment : 14 January, 2013
Noninvasive and continuous total haemoglobin (SpHb) monitoring technology from Masimo is helping clinicians to reduce intra-operative red blood cell (RBC) transfusions during high blood-loss surgery, speeding time to transfusion when indicated, and saving costs, according to a new study revealed at the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) annual meeting (Ref 1).
 
DaVita partners with Fresenius Medical Care to provides access to DaVita Rx services
Renal and dialysis equipment : 10 January, 2013
DaVita, the kidney care division of DaVita HealthCare Partners signs an agreement to provide certain pharmacy services to Fresenius Medical Care (FMC).
 
MSoft eSolutions is selected to support NHS blood transfusion trial
Blood management equipment : 09 January, 2013
Merseyside-based MSoft eSolutions is selected as the provider for the biggest part of the national NHS blood transfusion trial which could save the UK taxpayer £40 million a year and will get underway at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
 
Horizon Medical Services purchases of BSD hyperthermia system
Clinical hyperthermia equipment : 08 January, 2013
Horizon Medical Services in Tamarac, Florida, USA which is a mobile radiation therapy centre that offers technologically advanced cancer care in the South Florida area is purchasing a BSD-500 Hyperthermia System.
 
NeuroMetrix begins shipping pain management solution
Pain management : 08 January, 2013
NeuroMetrix initiates commercial shipment of the company's SENSUS Pain Management System which received final FDA clearance on November 28, 2012.
 
Natus plans to acquire Grass Technologies Product Group from Astro-Med
Neuroscience equipment : 08 January, 2013
Natus Medical has entered into a definitive agreement with Astro-Med that will see Natus acquire the Grass Technologies Product Group from Astro-Med.
 
Ethris forges research based alliance with Shire to develop RNA-based therapeutics
Therapeutics : 07 January, 2013
Ethris agrees to initiate a research based alliance with Shire that is focused on the development and commercialisation of novel RNA-based therapeutics.
 
First-in-class treatment launches in Norway for most common form of epilepsy
Therapeutics : 07 January, 2013
Eisai is launching Fycompa (perampanel) in Norway as a treatment for partial-onset seizures, with or without secondarily generalised seizures, in people with epilepsy aged 12 years and older (Ref 1).
 
VABIOTECH licences cell-based Japanese Encephalitis technology from Inviragen
Drug delivery technologies : 04 January, 2013
Inviragen signs a licensing agreement that sees VABIOTECH acquiring rights to Inviragen's proprietary Japanese encephalitis (JE) technology to produce a cell-derived vaccine.
 
Polish military adopts rapid infuser device to treat severely wounded
Emergency and ambulance equipment : 04 January, 2013
Belmont Instrument receives the company's first order from the Polish military for The Belmont Rapid Infuser.
 
Tensys Medical receives US FDA 510(k) for non-invasive haemodynamic patient monitoring system
Patient monitoring equipment : 04 January, 2013
Tensys Medical receives 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the TL-300, the company’s latest generation continuous, non-invasive haemodynamic patient monitoring system.
 
Cook Medical meets industry date to adopt GS1 global trade item number
Supply chain services : 03 January, 2013
Cook Medical is ready for the change facing the health care industry and is adopting a set of standards to make supply chain easier for hospitals.
 
DJO Global acquires Exos
Pain management : 02 January, 2013
DJO Global, a global provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, has an indirect subsidiary, DJO, LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DJO Finance (DJOFL), that is acquiring Exos, a medical device company focused on a revolutionary thermoformable external musculoskeletal stabilization system.
 
McKesson acquisition of PSS World Medical gains momentum
Supply chain services : 27 December, 2012
McKesson receives notification of early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, in connection with the proposed acquisition of PSS World Medical.
 
Invacare plans to sell medical supplies business to AssuraMed
Supply chain services : 24 December, 2012
Invacare signs a definitive agreement with AssuraMed which will see Invacare sell Invacare Supply Group (ISG), the company's domestic medical supplies business, to AssuraMed for $150 million, subject to certain closing adjustments.
 
ZephyrLIFE monitor the vital signs of patients at Sanborn Place
Patient monitoring equipment : 24 December, 2012
Zephyr Technology is installing ZephyrLIFE at Sanborn Place which is a 73-unit supportive living community for the elderly and those with progressive diseases located in Reading, Massachusetts.
 
Allergan acquires SkinMedica
Therapeutics : 21 December, 2012
Allergan completes the acquisition of SkinMedica and paid approximately $350 million (subject to certain adjustments) for the business, which includes a variety of 'physician dispensed' non-prescription aesthetic skin care products and prescription products.
 
Clinical study to treat recurrent rectal cancer with hyperthermia system
Clinical hyperthermia equipment : 18 December, 2012
BSD Medical reports initiation of a Phase I/II clinical study (HyRec-Trial) using the BSD-2000 Hyperthermia System (BSD-2000) to deliver hyperthermia in combination with chemotherapy (5-FU/oxaliplatin) and radiotherapy for the treatment of patients with locally recurrent rectal cancer.
 
Temperature management solution revives pilgrims from heat stroke during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca
Patient aids : 14 December, 2012
As many as 17 pilgrims suffering heat stroke during the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca are successfully treated using ZOLL Medical's intravascular temperature management (IVTM) solution.
 
Navigated Brain Therapy offers treatment for depression and stroke rehabilitation
Neuroscience equipment : 11 December, 2012
Nexstim's Navigated Brain Therapy (NBT) System now meets the requirements of the European Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and is the NBT System is the first non-invasive, non-systemic therapeutic device CE-marked to offer patients a personalized treatment for major depression.
 
First US patient is implanted in Functional Neuromodulation study of DBS for Alzheimers
Neuroscience equipment : 10 December, 2012
The first US patient to enroll in Functional Neuromodulation's ADvance Study successfully receives an implant with a deep brain stimulation (DBS) system.
 
Omnicell unveils G4 Unity platform to improve medication administration
Pharmacy and medication equipment : 05 December, 2012
Omnicell unveils the company's Omnicell G4 Unity platform at the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
 
NeuroMetrix gains 510(k) clearance for pain management system
Pain management : 03 December, 2012
NeuroMetrix receives 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the disposable electrode that is used in conjunction with the company's SENSUS device.
 
Wyoming Medical Center completes speedy installation of sterile compounder
Pharmacy and medication equipment : 03 December, 2012
Health Robotics achieves a new i.v.STATION installation in record time at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming, USA, with a quick implementation that highlights the benefits that health-system pharmacies can immediately garner from Health Robotics' streamlined implementation processes, especially in light of the recent drug shortages and closures of NECC and Ameridose.
 
ICU Medical launches user-controlled automated sterilec compounding system in the USA
Pharmacy and medication equipment : 03 December, 2012
ICU Medical is launching the Diana Hazardous Drug Compounding System in the USA at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Meeting and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2 to 6, 2012.
 
GlySure completes new USD13.6m funding round to develop blood glucose monitoring system
Glucose monitoring equipment : 30 November, 2012
GlySure, a developer of in-hospital continuous blood glucose monitoring systems, completes the second close of the company's Series C financing round for a total of $13.6 million.
 
Velomedix receives IDE approval for pilot trial to evaluate rapid therapeutic hypothermia for AMI patients
Clinical hyperthermia equipment : 30 November, 2012
Velomedix, a venture-backed medical device company advancing the field of therapeutic hypothermia, receives Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand the design of its VELOCITY pilot clinical trial.
 
Ansell releases new non-latex surgical glove
Gloves : 28 November, 2012
Ansell is extending the company's market-leading antimicrobial technology product range, to include non-latex surgical gloves.
 
CTCA in Arizona installs hyperthermia system from BSD Medical
Clinical hyperthermia equipment : 28 November, 2012
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (WRMC), located in Goodyear, Arizona, purchases a BSD-2000 Hyperthermia System from BSD Medical.
 
NICE recommends BIS brain monitoring system to measure depth of anaesthesia
Gas and anaesthesia equipment : 23 November, 2012
The UK-based National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is recommending the use of electroencephalography (EEG)-based monitors, specifically the Bispectral Index (BIS) monitor, as an option for measuring depth of anaesthesia.
 
SensoMotoric Instruments sells Ophthalmic Division to Alcon
Ophthalmic equipment : 23 November, 2012
SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), a leader in eye tracking, eye control, guidance and registration technology, is selling the company's Ophthalmic Division to Alcon, the global leader in eye care.
 
Cardio3 BioSciences to begin world's First Phase III trial in regenerative medicine for heart failure
Therapeutics : 23 November, 2012
The Belgian biotechnology company, Cardio3 BioSciences (C3BS), a leader in the discovery and development of regenerative and protective therapies for the treatment of cardiac diseases, receives authorization from the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) to begin its Congestive Heart failure Cardiopoietic Regenerative Therapy (CHART-1) European Phase III trial for C3BS-CQR-1 in Belgium.
 
St Luke's University Hospital becomes first in the USA to install Discovery IGS 730 hybrid operating room
Operating tables : 22 November, 2012
St Luke's University Hospital is unveiling the Discovery IGS 730 Hybrid OR from GE Healthcare to become the first hospital in the United States to offer this exciting new technology.
 
Harvest receives CE Mark for expanded clinical indication for treatment of no-option critical limb ischemia
Wound management : 21 November, 2012
Harvest Technologies receives the CE Mark for an expanded clinical indication for its SmartPReP2 Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentration System (BMAC2) product.
 
EarlySense extends contact-free patient monitoring capabilities with new chair sensor
Patient monitoring equipment : 20 November, 2012
EarlySense is launching at Medica 2012 a new state-of-the-art chair sensor capability, which expands monitoring coverage of a patient beyond the patient's bed.
 
Avery Dennison relaunches medical solutions group as Vancive Medical Technologies
Patient monitoring equipment : 16 November, 2012
Avery Dennison is renaming and repositioning the company's medical solutions group as Vancive Medical Technologies.
 
Platelet reactivity testing is recommended in new 2012 Surgical Guidelines
Blood management equipment : 16 November, 2012
Accumetrics, the developer of the market-leading VerifyNow System, the first rapid and easy-to-use point-of-care system for measuring platelet reactivity to antiplatelet agents, releases the 2012 Update to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Guideline on Use of Antiplatelet Drugs in Patients Having Cardiac and Noncardiac Operations.
 
HealthTrust renews contract with GHX to continue supply chain cost reductions
Supply chain services : 16 November, 2012
HealthTrust Purchasing Group (HealthTrust), a group purchasing organization supporting nearly 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory surgery centres, physician practices and alternate care sites, is renewing the organization's agreement with GHX to deliver supply chain technology and software solutions.
 
QUANTEL Medical signs global licensing deal with IRIDEX
Ophthalmic equipment : 15 November, 2012
IRIDEX signs QUANTEL Medical a global patent licensing agreement that gives QUANTEL access to IRIDEX MicroPulse technology.
 
Sorin Group acquires Neurotech to accelerate neurostimulation plans
Neuroscience equipment : 14 November, 2012
Sorin Group is acquiring Neurotech, a developer of neurostimulation devices.
 
New minimally invasive, all-femto laser vision correction method reports first trial results
Ophthalmic equipment : 13 November, 2012
Carl Zeiss Meditec is reporting that the first 29 subjects in the VisuMax IDE clinical trial in the USA have been treated with the ReLEx smile procedure for the correction of spherical myopia with the VisuMax femtosecond laser.
 
KCI offers Canadian clinicians the Next generation in NPWT technology
Wound management : 13 November, 2012
Kinetic Concepts is the V.A.C.Ulta Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System to the Canadian market at the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) in London, Ontario, one of the premier wound care conferences in the country.
 
NeuroMetrix signs distribution deal with OneSource Medical Group for SENSUS pain management device
Pain management : 05 November, 2012
NeuroMetrix signs a distribution agreement with OneSource Medical Group (OSMG) of Clearwater, Florida for the company's SENSUS pain management device.
 
Toumaz begins US hospital pilot of wireless vital signs monitoring solution
Vital signs monitoring : 05 November, 2012
Toumaz is beginning the pilot of the company's digital vital signs monitor, SensiumVitals, at St John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California, USA.
 
Novation aims to adopt reusable packaging for sustainability in healthcare
Supply chain services : 02 November, 2012
Novation, the leading health care supply chain expertise and contracting company for the members of VHA, UHC, Children's Hospital Association and Provista, is working with healthcare sustainability leaders to reduce excess packaging and cardboard in America's hospitals.
 
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