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January 2009

New MRI Technique Detects OA Before Symptom Onset BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 29, 2009

Researchers at Stanford University are developing sodium MRI, an imaging technique that can identify signs of cartilage deterioration up to decades before a patient exhibits symptoms of osteoarthritis. A standard MRI emits electromagnetic energy that excites protons in water molecules.... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-Jan-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 29, 2009

Earnings Kensey Nash reported FQ2:09 revenues of $20.8 million, up 6% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $0.4 million. Net income for the quarter was $5.2 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, beating estimates by $0.04 and representing... more

Geron Study Marks a New Era for Stem Cell Research BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 27, 2009

Geron announced this week that it received an FDA green light to initiate a human clinical study for their embryonic stem cell treatment for spinal cord injuries. The cell formulation, known as GRNOPC1, will be injected in up to 10... more

NASS Announces More Stringent Disclosure Policy BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 26, 2009

The North American Spine Society (NASS) adopted a new transparency policy requiring surgeons presenting at conferences to disclose both industry relationships and the dollar amount of any payments. Failure to disclose information could result in sanctions including suspension or expulsion... more

Mesoblast to Begin Stem Cell Study for the Prevention of Knee OA BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 23, 2009

Mesoblast announced this week that the company received Australian institutional ethics committee approval to begin a clinical study evaluating the use of its adult stem cell product, RepliCart, for the prevention of OA in patients who have had ACL repair.... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Jan-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 22, 2009

Earnings aap Implantate pre-announced 4Q:08 and full-year 2008 revenues of EUR 7.1 million ($10.0 million) and EUR 31.2 million ($44.0 million), respectively. 4Q:08 revenues declined 24% from the year-ago period, which the company attributed to "more orders from global partners"... more

New Legislation Could Hurt Physician-Owned Hospitals BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 22, 2009

Last week the House passed a child-health bill that would place severe restrictions on physician-owned hospitals. These hospitals are frequently criticized for cherry-picking patients, providing incentives for unnecessary tests or procedures and driving up costs at other centers, many of... more

GAO Recommends PMA Submissions for All Class III Devices BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 20, 2009

Last week the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its long-awaited report on the FDA's medical device approvals process. As expected, the report suggested that FDA review was too lax for certain class III devices cleared under 510(k) submission. Specified... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Jan-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 15, 2009

Earnings Alphatec Spine announced that, based on preliminary financial data, the company will report record consolidated quarterly revenues for 4Q:08 of approximately $28.4 million, an increase of approximately 33% over revenues from the prior year fourth quarter. For the year... more

More Trouble for ArthroCare BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JANUARY 15, 2009

This morning ArthroCare, the well known minimally invasive sports medicine company, announced that it received a letter from the Nasdaq stock exchange that its stock is to be de-listed at the open of trading tomorrow - Friday, January 16. Although... more

While Some Sectors Struggle, Early 4Q Results Show Stability for Ortho BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 14, 2009

Over the weekend, posted a report on some of the reasons why the healthcare industry may be more vulnerable to a recession now than in the past. However, the article also helped to highlight the ways in which orthopedics... more

Greatbatch Takes Advantage of Credit Market Dislocation BY MATT LOESCH, JANUARY 13, 2009

Market dislocation can create unlikely situations that well positioned opportunistic companies can profit from. Recently, Greatbatch Inc., an OEM in the ortho and cardio spaces, posted a material gain on a debt repurchase transaction using an existing credit facility. This... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-Jan-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 8, 2009

Earnings CONMED Corp. lowered 4Q:08 revenue projections to $176-$178 million, 9% lower than forecast and approximately 7% lower than 4Q:07. Reduced revenues were attributed to unfavorable foreign currency exchange fluctuations and lower than anticipated sales of capital equipment to hospitals.... more

Congress, AdvaMed Urge Physician-Industry Transparency BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 7, 2009

According to a report by FDA News, Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) plans to reintroduce the Physician Payment Sunshine Act in the 111th Congress. The bill, first introduced in 2007, will require device makers to publicly disclose any payments or gifts given... more

SPORT Data Quantifies Cost-Effectiveness of Laminectomy, Fusion BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 5, 2009

Using the data collected from the SPORT trial, researchers at Rush University Medical Center evaluated the cost-effectiveness of spinal surgery in stenosis patients with and without spondylolisthesis. The study considered the direct and indirect costs of laminectomy and fusion against... more

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