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February 2009

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 26-Feb-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 26, 2009

Earnings Artimplant reported 4Q:08 revenues of SEK 4.6 million ($0.6 million), down from SEK 5.0 million ($0.8 million) in 4Q:07. During the quarter, the company reported sales of 900 Artelon Spacers (down from 1,100 in 4Q:07) and 300 units of... more

Alphatec Spine Licenses New Technology to Treat Lumbar Spinal Stenosis BY EDITOR, FEBRUARY 23, 2009

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb 23, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders,... more

New House Legislation Would Allow Patients to Sue Devicemakers BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 23, 2009

House Democrats Henry Waxman and Frank Pallone announced plans to introduce a bill that would allow patients to sue medical device manufacturers over failed implants. Per last year's Reigel v. Medtronic ruling, FDA approval of a device preempts state tort... more

Stimulus Bill Includes Measures for Health IT, Comparative Effectiveness BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 23, 2009

The new federal stimulus bill, signed into law last Tuesday by President Obama, includes a number of measures to shore up the healthcare sector against the contracting economy. The package's $787 billion in pledged assistance includes measures for states to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-Feb-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 20, 2009

Earnings Exactech reported 4Q:08 revenues of $40.3 million, representing a 22% increase over 4Q:07 and beating estimates by $0.4 million. Net income was $3.1 million, or $0.24 per share, representing a 15% increase over 4Q:07 and beating estimates by $0.04.... more

Stem Cell Summit Takeaways: Our Perspective BY JOHN MCCORMICK, FEBRUARY 19, 2009

Robin Young's Fourth Annual Stem Cell Summit was about as far removed as you could get from the grim economic headlines. Companies at the summit were presenting in the halo of a market forecast suggesting that this current $65 million... more

NY Times Highlights Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 18, 2009

The New York Times ran an article on Monday describing platelet-rich plasma therapy (or PRP), a relatively inexpensive and promising autologous treatment for sports injuries. The treatment, which has attracted a host of professional athletes (the article names two Pittsburgh... more

ArthroCare CEO Resigns; SEC, U.S. Attorney's Offices Investigating Improper Practices BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 18, 2009

ArthroCare announced this morning that President and CEO Michael E. Baker has left the company on further news of improper practices in the company's spine business. This comes two months after the departure of the CFO and a number of... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 12-Feb-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 12, 2009

Earnings Nobel Biocare reported 4Q:08 revenue of EUR 162.6 ($229.2 million), down 13% from 4Q:07. 4Q net profit of EUR 24.9 million ($32.3 million) was down 45% from the year-ago period and missed estimates of EUR 29.0 million ($40.9) million.... more

MDMA Offers Insight into the Physician Payment Sunshine Act BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 12, 2009

On a members-only webinar this week, the MDMA provided detailed information on the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, from its origins to the nuances of compliance to a timeline for implementation. The bill was first introduced in 2007 by Senators Grassley... more

Imaging for Low Back Pain Does Not Improve Outcomes BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 9, 2009

A review published in this week's edition of the Lancet analyzes the results of six lower-back imaging studies to evaluate whether routine scans correlate to better outcomes for patients suffering from low back pain. The paper, which is summarized here... more

ARGOSpine: Not Just Another Meeting BY JOHN MCCORMICK, FEBRUARY 9, 2009

We have often heard the complaint from spine surgeons that there are "too many spine meetings these days". Our accumulating frequent flyer points support the notion. The Paris-based annual ARGOSpine Symposium is different, however and deserves some distinction from the... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-Feb-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 5, 2009

Earnings CONMED Corp. reported 4Q:08 revenues of $179.2 million, down 5% versus 4Q:07 and beating estimates by $2.26 million. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.34, down 23% from 4Q:07 and beating estimates by $0.05. The company reported 4Q:08 arthroscopy... more

FDA, HHS Issue New Rules for IRBs BY ELOISE AUSTIN, FEBRUARY 4, 2009

A new set of companion regulations put in place on January 15, 2009 by the FDA and HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) will expand federal registration requirements for institutional review boards. Previously, the OHRP managed a registry of... more

Space Travel Is Rough on the Musculoskeletal System BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 4, 2009

According to a new study, astronauts experience more bone deterioration during space travel than previously thought, putting them at risk for fracture and deformity of the hip and spine. Researchers at UC Irvine and UC San Francisco reviewed hipbone strength... more Is a Portal to Orthopedic News and Info BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 2, 2009

Today we're offering a tour of the resources available through, which include a variety of links aimed at industry executives, investors, physicians and patients. The Research page is home base for our blog, but you can also reach the... more

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