Nitinol, an alloy of nickel and titanium developed at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in the 1950’s, has been widely used in medical devices because of its extreme shape memory property. The majority of coronary stents, for example, are nickel-titanium because the material allows them to pop open once delivered through a very narrow catheter. Show More Summary
And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, as you may recall, our treasured signal for daydreaming about weekend plans. As usual, our agenda is rather modest, but we are not complaining. Show More Summary
Abiomed received FDA approval for its Impella 2.5 heart pump to be used during elective and urgent high risk percutaneous coronary interventions. The device moves 2.5 liters of blood per minute, assisting the left ventricle during procedures...Show More Summary
Eonia I Mnimi (Eternal Memory) – Greek Orthodox Funeral Blessing “Have you ever seen anyone die before?” my cousin asked me, from across the bed. “Sure I have, plenty of times,” I answered. We were flanking her father, my uncle (really, my mother’s cousin, but extended Greek families are complicated; suffice it to say that our […]
The last few years have been challenging for medical groups across the country. Mounting regulatory burdens, escalating costs, and declining reimbursements have put a substantial strain on physicians and their staff. Rising administrative...Show More Summary
Last year I mentioned reports that the startup incubator Ycombinator was thinking of getting into the biopharma field. Here's a look at the current crop of potential companies. One thing that stands out is that most of these seem to be focused on patient care or some sort of diagnostic. Show More Summary
I was a first-year medical student, starting my first afternoon at an outpatient clinic as part of an introductory course in clinical medicine. My white coat was freshly washed; I had a rainbow of pens in one coat pocket, and my shiny name tag dangled from the other. I only hoped that I was as […]
I'm getting up early to attend the 13th Annual eyeforpharma Barcelona 2015 conference from the comfort of my home office. Disclosure: eyeforpharma is a client of mine - Pharma Marketing News is a Media partner for this event. But this...Show More Summary
If you listen to large tech companies, they will tell you they are in dire need of another bailout from scary “patent trolls” who burden them with frivolous lawsuits. This tech bailout will come in the form of a bill that would weaken 225 years of U.S. patent law to help big companies always win, […]
Exiii, a Japanese prosthetics company, has developed a smartphone-connected, EMG-controlled prosthetic arm called the handiii COYOTE. The device was developed as a low cost, highly functional myoelectric arm, but ended up as a pretty...Show More Summary
The latest comings and goings in the pharmaceutical industry.
The device is already out of stock, but those that got their hands on one are promised a 20 hour battery life for those extra long trips. (hat tip:Neurogadget) Read More » The post Alert Band Keeps Eye on Drivers’ Focus appeared first on Medgadget.
When he and I first met, he told me that he had a doctoral degree in psychology, was the CEO of the jail, and could speak 13 languages. To demonstrate, he said, “Hong tong ching chong lai tai!” He then punched the door to his cell and shouted, “GET THE F-CK OUT OF HERE, B-TCH!” […]
Will the new type of cholesterol drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors break the bank?
Eye on FDA has frequently carried overviews and summaries of enforcement by the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) through the issuance of Warning and Untitled Letters (regulatory action letters). These letters, along with guidance documents that are occasionally issued … Continue reading ?
These are words that you really like to hear: "stopped for efficacy". That's Merck's situation with their anti-PD-1 antibody Keytruda (pembrolizumab), which was in a clinical trial in advanced melanoma patients versus Yervoy (ipilimumab), which targets CTLA-4. Show More Summary
As a sleep physician, I spend a lot of time educating patients about what sleep is and how it works. Sleep, as I often explain, is not simply the lack of being awake; any more than landing a plane is simply the lack of flying. It’s becoming increasingly understood that sleep is an actively generated […]