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March 2008

ArgoSpine: An Interview with Professor Gérard Saillant BY EDITOR, MARCH 28, 2008

The interview below, conducted by Anca Mitulescu, was first published in ArgoSpine News & Journal in September 2007. As part of our sponsorship of ArgoSpine, we're republishing select ArgoSpine News & Journal content for our audience. Born out of the... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 27-Mar-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 27, 2008

Earnings DJO Inc., formerly ReAble Therapeutics, reported 4Q:07 net sales of $170.7 million, a 97% increase over 4Q:06; the growth rate was due primarily to acquisitions, including ReAble's merger with DJO. The company reported an actual net loss of $57.3... more

New Legislation Could Challenge Supreme Court's Preemption Ruling BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 26, 2008

Last month, the Supreme Court ruled in Riegel v. Medtronic that FDA approval pre-empted product-liability lawsuits in state courts. The landmark decision was a vote of support for the FDA's authority, but it raised concerns about the implications for patient... more

Hibernating Bears Offer Clues to Osteoporosis BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 24, 2008

Ever wonder how bears can hibernate without suffering from the softened, weakened bones that affect humans following periods of inactivity? Neither did we, until the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) brought it to our attention. The question occurred to nature-lover... more

When Evaluating Knee OA, Patient Gender Affects Whether a Physician Recommends Surgery BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 20, 2008

According to a new study reported on by the New York Times, patient gender appears to influence whether physicians recommend they have a knee replaced. In a Canadian study, a male patient was told twice as often to have the... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Mar-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 20, 2008

Earnings Biomet announced preliminary FQ3:08 revenues of $603.1 million, an increase of 14% over the year-ago period. By segment, reconstructive device sales increased 19% worldwide and 13% in the U.S.; knee sales increased 24% worldwide and 21% in the U.S.,... more

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. Acquires a Worldwide License for Innovative Expandable Interbody/Vertebral Body Replacement Technology BY EDITOR, MARCH 17, 2008

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), a medical technology company focused on the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of products for the surgical treatment of spinal disorders, announced that the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Alphatec Spine, Inc. ("Alphatec Spine"), and Stout Medical... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Mar-2008 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 13, 2008

Earnings BioMimetic Therapeutics reported 4Q:07 revenues of $4.5 million, up from $1.9 million in 4Q:06 but missing analysts' estimates by $1.1 million. Revenues included $3.6 million of product sales of GEM 21S to Luitpold, $0.7 million of royalty income and... more

AAOS: New Research Shows Hip, Knee Replacements Skyrocketing, Plus the Efficacy of Gender Implants and Hip Resurfacing BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 12, 2008

Clinical research presented at AAOS's annual meeting included a number of large-joint studies, one of which showed that hip and knee replacement procedures will climb to 572,000 and 3.4 million, respectively, in 2030. That's 101% more hip replacements and 525%... more

AAOS Compendium: Acquisitions, Product Launches and Clinical Updates BY JOHN MCCORMICK, MARCH 11, 2008

As always, last week's AAOS conference brought a flurry of press releases. To recap: Acquisitions Wright Medical Group announced plans to acquire INBONE Technologies for an initial $24.0 million payment plus additional milestone payments. Product Launches Biologics ETEX launched Beta-bsm... more

AAOS: Devicemakers Addressing Continuum of Care, Plus the Cloud of the DOJ in Sunny San Francisco BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 10, 2008

2008's AAOS conference was packed with physicians and industry representatives (perhaps to make up for all those left snowbound last year?), though the tone of the meeting was a little quieter than years past. Since last year's meeting, deferred prosecution... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 6-Mar-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 6, 2008

Earnings Anika Therapeutics reported 4Q:07 product revenue of $7.9 million, in line with estimates and up from $5.08 million for the same period last year. The revenue growth was attributed to domestic and international sales of the ORTHOVISC product line,... more

With Stock Price Declining, ArthroCare Considers Its Options BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 3, 2008

According to a statement released by ArthroCare this morning, the company believes the stock price "does not reflect the fundamental value of the Company's business" and will seek financial and strategic alternatives. These include a recapitalization, a stock repurchase, a... more

Revised European Medical Device Directive: Omissions and a Contentious Addition BY ARMELLE WIART, MARCH 3, 2008

After four years of back and forth between the European Parliament, European Commission and the European Counsel, the revised Medical Device Directive (MDD) was eventually published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on September 21st, 2007. The amendments... more

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