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Big Pharma Is The Big Loser In New Tax-Dodging Rules | Ben Hallman | Posted 09.25.2014 | Business

There was a time when American pharmaceutical companies had finally found a way to access the large reserves of cash they had piling up in places like...

Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.20.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will become Irish.

Medtronic Deal Benefits All Its Stakeholders

Bill George | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
Bill George

The headline in the Op-Ed in Sunday's Minneapolis Star-Tribune blared, "It's shareholders over stakeholders for Medtronic." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Celebrated Computer Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies

Jim Finkle | Reuters | Posted 08.01.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who could force a bank ATM to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices,...

Here Comes The Sunshine Act -- And It's All Right

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Spencer Aronfeld

The Sunshine Act will curtail the incestuous love affair enjoyed by the triumvirate of pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and the insurance industry, by curbing any inappropriate influence on research, education, and clinical decision making.

Medtronics Manipulates Safety Data -- When a Fine Should Become a Crime

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Spencer Aronfeld

It is perfectly legal and common for physicians to prescribe medication and medical devices for "off-label" use. But the FDA prohibits manufacturers from directly promoting the unapproved use of their products.

The Value of High Tech Health Care

Deborah Stambler | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Stambler

The ACA isn't a perfect plan but if fully enacted offers a chance to make changes to the American health care system. Understanding the role technology plays will be an ongoing discussion with advances in technology and its creative application potentially improving care and reducing costs.

FDA Warns Of Complications With Medtronic Catheter

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 12.25.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators say an experimental catheter from Medtronic Inc. that uses extreme heat to correct irregular heartbeats c...

Patients Deserve to Know

ProPublica | Posted 11.09.2011 | Healthy Living

By Tracy Weber, and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica Your doctor gives you an expensive new drug to control your cholesterol, or recommends a certain br...

Insulin Pump Maker Outed By Hacker

AP | By JORDAN ROBERTSON | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Jay Radcliffe revealed three weeks ago that he'd found serious security holes in a popular type of insulin pump that diabetics w...

Defective Medical Devices Are Costing Taxpayers Billions Because of Supreme Court Ruling

Anthony Tarricone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Tarricone

In 2008, the Court held that FDA-approved medical devices have complete immunity from product liability cases.

FDA Approval Of Medical Devices Not Enough

Les Weisbrod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Les Weisbrod

The Medical Device Safety Act would restore patients' right to hold the manufacturer responsible when their products are defective.

Johnson & Johnson Has Up & Down Day

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In their newest corporate parody, the folks over at Wallstrip take to the streets to find out what Johnson & Johnson product consumers are most, um, i...

Medtronic Pulls Defibrillation Leads

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Medtronic (MT) is stopping distribution of wires that connect some of its defibrillators to patients' hearts after learning they may have contributed ...