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May 2008

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-May-08 BY ARMELLE WIART, MAY 29, 2008

M&A Kinetic Concepts, Inc. announced that it completed its acquisition of LifeCell Corporation. At the time of the expiration of the tender offer, 31.1 million shares of LifeCell common stock had been tendered representing approximately 90.75% of the outstanding shares... more

JBJS: Can Orthopedic Surgical Trials Be Blinded? BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 28, 2008

The double-blinded study is the gold standard of clinical research, but designing surgical trials to those standards can be difficult and often evokes such questionable options as sham surgery. However, one analysis of orthopedic surgical trials found that blinding may... more

New Swiss Spine Registry Could Shape Practice Habits, Reimbursement BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 27, 2008

In Switzerland, more than 135 surgeons are contributing data to a newly-implemented spine registry, reporting cost, efficacy and performance information on cervical and lumbar total disc arthroplasty and kyphoplasty procedures. The Swiss government started the program in December 2007 to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-May-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 22, 2008

Earnings Medtronic reported FQ4:08 revenue of $3.86 billion, representing an 18% increase over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $0.14 billion. Currency translation had a positive impact of $160.0 million. Adjusted net earnings for the quarter were $884.0 million,... more

CMS Introduces Acute Care Episode Demonstration for Orthopedics BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 21, 2008

Hoping to "align financial incentives" between hospitals and physicians, CMS announced plans for an Acute Care Episode (ACE) demonstration that will feature bundled payments for the treatment of certain orthopedic and cardiac patients. CMS argues that bundling, compared to paying... more

Stryker's Resurfacing Sales Disappoint; Corin Shares Plummet BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 20, 2008

Stryker announced last week that sales of Corin's Cormet hip resurfacing system, which Stryker distributes exclusively in the U.S., were not meeting expectations. The company will not order more Cormet systems until December. Shares of both Stryker and Corin fell... more

Despite the Hype, Few Go Abroad for Medical Care BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 19, 2008

Anecdotal accounts of medical tourism often describe significant cost savings and suggest that the volume of patients who seek care overseas is climbing rapidly. Over the past few years, medical tourism has been depicted as a fast-growing trend to keep... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-May-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 15, 2008

Earnings aap Implantate AG announced 1Q:08 revenues of EUR 8.0 million ($12.64 million), up 36% over the year-ago period. The company attributed the growth to a 146% increase in sales in its Trauma & Orthopaedics division, which contributed EUR 3.7... more

Notes from the Spine Arthroplasty Meeting BY JOHN MCCORMICK, MAY 14, 2008

The Spine Arthroplasty Society ("SAS") conference continues to be the forward thinking spine conference. The meeting's growing clinical stature and technology flare attracts surgeons and companies from around the globe seeking to bring cutting edge technologies to the market and... more

HealthpointCapital, LLC Appoints Hansen A. Yuan, M.D. to Its Scientific Advisory Board BY EDITOR, MAY 14, 2008

New York, New York, May 14, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- HEALTHPOINTCAPITAL, LLC announced today that it has appointed Dr. Hansen A. Yuan to its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Yuan is a preeminent clinician and researcher and has been honored worldwide for... more

New York Times, FDA Perk Up Their Ears for Squeaky Hips BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 13, 2008

Stryker's ceramic-on-ceramic hip, the Trident, came to market in 2003 with the promise of providing a more durable alternative for younger patients seeking a THA. A traditional metal/poly hip lasts about ten years, so ceramic seemed to be the answer... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-May-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 8, 2008

Earnings Artimplant announced 1Q:08 revenues of SEK 2.1 million ($0.35 million), down from SEK 3.9 million ($0.66 million) in 1Q:07. Net loss for the quarter was SEK 6.2 million ($1.04 million), or SEK 10 ($1.68) per share, a deterioration from... more

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. Reaches Successful Settlement and Release Agreement to License Pedicle Screw Technology BY EDITOR, MAY 7, 2008

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 7, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), a leading medical technology company focused on the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, announced today that... more

Scient'x Announces FDA 510(K) Clearance for Isobar DUO(TM) Dynamic Stabilization System BY EDITOR, MAY 6, 2008

MAITLAND, Fla., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Scient'x, a privately held manufacturer of innovative spinal implant technologies, announced today that they have received FDA 510(k) clearance to market their new Isobar DUO(TM) Dynamic Stabilization System. This system is an extension of... more

Study Forecasts Strong Growth in Public Spending as Boomers Join Medicare BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 5, 2008

Health Affairs recently reported on health spending projections through 2017, and the next decade is characterized by steady growth and a particular strength in public spending as baby boomers begin to enroll in Medicare. Health spending is reported to have... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 1-May-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 1, 2008

Earnings Anika Therapeutics reported 1Q:08 total revenues of $8.55 million, an increase of 46% over the year-ago period, which the company attributed to strong domestic and international sales of ORTHOVISC. Revenues beat analysts' expectations by $0.2 million. Net income for... more

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