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Humana Sues Medtronic Over Marketing Strategy of INFUSE BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 9, 2014

Last week, Humana filed a lawsuit against Medtronic accusing the defendant of falsely representing its INFUSE Bone Graft product as "safe and effective" in spinal fusion surgeries. INFUSE is Medtronic's proprietary formulation of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), which... more

UK Moves to Ban Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants in NHS Hospitals BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Due to high failure rates and toxicity concerns, the United Kingdom has decided to ban metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants in hip replacement surgeries performed at publicly funded National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. This announcement came after the National Institute for... more

Hospitals to Settle with Federal Government over Fraudulent Billing Scheme BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 9, 2013

Fifty-five hospitals in 21 states will be paying a total of $34 million to the federal government in order to settle allegations that they overcharged Medicare and other government healthcare programs for kyphoplasty back procedures. The settlements were the result... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Sept-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

FDA clears Iconacy Orthopedic Implants' I-Hip system ... Precision Spine's Slimplicity Solo Anterior Cervical Plate System 510(k)-cleared ... Amedica studies find "superior osseointegration and bacterial-resistant properties" of silicon nitride ... Ascendx Spine begins commercial shipments to Europe ... Osseon launches Osseoflex SN+ ... Smith & Nephew releases LEGION HK Hinge Knee ... NuVasive signs Premier agreement more

Gel-One HA Injection Found Not to Infringe BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 7, 2012

Last week, Hyaluronic acid (HA) manufacturer Seikagaku and its distribution partner Zimmer were determined by a U.S. federal jury not to infringe on Genzyme's Synvisc-One HA injection. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-Apr-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 5, 2012

SNN acquires LifeModeler ... Cutting Edge Spine launches E-Vol System of spinal fusion devices ... Medtronic to settle shareholder lawsuit for $85M ... New BONESUPPORT CEO announces 100 Day Plan ... Blue Belt opens new Pittsburgh facility more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 23-Feb-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

ARTC, IART, MDT, NUVA, OFIX, SMA, TRNX, WMGI announce earnings ... Cerapedics raises debt ... Karolinska Development leads investment in Oss-Q ... FDA clears Ascendx Spine's Acu-Cut Vertebral Augmentation System ... Osseon receives CE mark for Osseoflex SB ... SBi names president and CEO more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 16-Feb-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 16, 2012

co.don, CNMD, DJO and Synthes report ... Baxter closes Synovis acquisition ... Amedica announces $30M debt financing, launches Valeo VBR ... Cayenne Medical raises $10M ... SNN introduces POLARCUP Dual Mobility Hip ... Medtronic seeking royalties, interest relating to NUVA patent case ... Amedica appoints CEO more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-Jan-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 19, 2012

ZMH acquires Synvasive Technology ... Carticept, DiFusion announce funding rounds ... KFx announces ACL study results ... MedShape launches ExoShape Soft Tissue Fastener ... VG Innovations releases VerteLoc v2.5 ... Stryker settles OP-1 charges ... Zyga Technology appoints president and CEO more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-Jan-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 5, 2012

IART pre-announces . . . China Kanghui subsidiary receives FDA clearance for hip and knee systems . . . first procedure performed with Ellipse Technologies device . . . Pioneer Surgical announces first clinical use of nanOss Bioactive 3D . . . Wright Medical launches ORTHOLOC 3Di Ankle Fracture System and the QUICKDRAW Knotless Soft Tissue Fixation System . . . Globus appoints SVP and CFO . . . Vexim appoints CEO more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-12-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 29, 2011

KSpine raises $2.5M . . . ICOR provides international device registry update . . . Synthes sues Stryker . . . DePuy to distribute Anika's MONOVISC in the U.S. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Dec-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 22, 2011

Biomet pre-announces . . . Oregon judge throws out SNN suture anchor ruling . . . Exactech initiates cartilage repair study . . . Spine Wave and MB Innovations announce partnership more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Aug-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 4, 2011

ATEC, ANIK, ARTC, BMTI, EXAC, SNN, SMA announce earnings . . . Ellipse Technologies announces series C round . . . CMS announces IPPS final rule . . . KFx Medical sues Arthrex . . . Tornier initiates IDE study more

Synthes Sues Globus (Again) BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 25, 2011

In 2007, Globus paid $13.5 million to settle a series of patent infringement allegations brought by Synthes. Now Synthes has filed another lawsuit, this time alleging that Globus' spacer technology infringes Synthes patents. more

Dental News Roundup June 2011 BY MATTHEW JAFFE, JUNE 30, 2011

Patterson announces F4Q sales . . . Medisafe pursuing an acquisition in the dental implant industry . . . Biolase announces $9 million private placement . . . Affineti Biologics receives research funding . . . MIS Implants Technologies launches PeriZone segment . . . Panasonic releases new intraoral camera . . . Securities fraud case against Align dismissed . . . 3M ESPE and BIOMET 3i to partner on intraoral impressions system for custom abutments more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Jun-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 9, 2011

Brainlab to acquire Voyant Health . . . FDA clears ARTC's Spartan 6.5 Needled Anchor . . . Mazor Robotics launches next-gen Renaissance system . . . DFINE comments on VCF study results . . . Senators request investigation of PODs . . . Arteriocyte announces army stem-cell research project more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Jan-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 13, 2011

MAKO, NUVA, SYK pre-announce . . . Globus acquires Facet Solutions' assets . . . Doctors Research Group raises $7.7M . . . Wright Medical launches DARCO system in Japan . . . Zimmer introduces NexGen LPS-Flex Mobile Bearing Knee with Prolong Highly Crosslinked Polyethylene . . . FDA approves Wright Medical's IDE for the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement with Calcaneal Stem . . . China Kanghui Holdings and Consensus Orthopedics announce manufacturing and marketing agreement more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 18, 2010

MDT closes OSTE acquisition . . . Replication Medical receives grant for GelStix development . . . RepRegen raises $1.6M . . . SI-BONE receives CE mark for iFuse . . . FDA clears Titan Spine's Endoskeleton TO . . . Mazor announces clinical results . . . Amedica/US Spine to distribute BioDlogics stem cell products more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

ARTC, DJO, EXAC, MAKO, VITA, OSTE, RITX, SNN, SMA report 3Q . . . Xylos receives grant funding . . . FDA clears ArthroCare's SpeedFix Suture Anchor . . . NeoStem receives Chinese reimbursement for an orthopedic stem cell treatment . . . Salient Surgical announces 500,000th patient treated with Transcollation . . . CA judge throws out CareFusion's anti-trust suit against Medtronic more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 16-Sept-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

NUVA lowers guidance . . . HydroCision acquired by three VC firms; new President and CEO appointed . . . TiGenix closes seed financing round for new pharma spinoff . . . Creaspine, Ranier Technology receive CE mark clearances . . . Medtronic introduces Kyphon Cement Delivery System in Europe . . . SpineAlign Medical introduces European Observational Registry for the VerteLift System . . . Medtronic wins certain rulings in ongoing patent infringement suit brought by Synthes . . . Synthes sues Biomet, former sales rep more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-Aug-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 19, 2010

Medtronic to acquire Osteotech . . . Stryker may buy Boston Scientific's neuromodulation unit . . . SI-Bone raises $11M . . . Aesculap received 510(k) clearance for the A-Fix Spinal System . . . Biomet responds to FDA warning letter . . . Benvenue Medical announces first U.S. use of the Blazer system for treating VCFs . . . Cytori receives patent for stem cell use in musculoskeletal applications . . . NuOrtho Surgical announces pre-clinical results . . . RTI Biologics reports "no change" to Medtronic supply agreement more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 12-Aug-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 12, 2010

Earnings aap Implantate reported 2Q:10 revenues of EUR 7.0 million ($8.5 million), down 13% over the year-ago period; adjusting for the divestiture of their analytics business, sales increased by 23% over 2Q:09. The company is planning to further acceleration of... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-Jun-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 3, 2010

Mazor announces first German GO-LIF sales . . . OrthoDynamix launches the ArthroSteer Biter . . . Osprey Biomedical introduces the Eagle Cervical Allograft Series . . . DOJ settles with Idaho orthopedists . . . Stryker and Wright Medical settle knee infringement suit . . . Amedica awarded patent . . . AOFAS releases position paper on total ankle replacement . . . Pioneer Surgical announces NuBac data . . . RepRegen reports StronBone data . . . Medtronic to report physician payments greater than $5,000, and Steve La Neve steps down from spine & biologics more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-May-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 20, 2010

ANIK, SYK resolve FDA warning letters . . . FDA clears Mesoblast Phase II study . . . DePuy Mitek to launch Bristow-Latarjet Instability Shoulder System . . . OrthoX developing new bone cement . . . DOJ recovers $20 million in allegedly fraudulent kyphoplasty billings . . . SpineGuard signs European distributor . . . B1 collaborating with Invibio more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 29, 2010

CNMD, EXAC, OFIX, RTIX, Synthes announce Q1 results . . . Facet Solutions, IMPLANET announce funding rounds . . . Aesculap launches DBM-D . . . Applied Spine Technologies, Facet Solutions release study data . . . Flexuspine cleared to start IDE . . . Federal judge dismisses liability claim against Stryker . . . Cayenne Medical appoints CFO more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 22, 2010

GENZ, DePuy, NUVA, VITA, SYK, ZMH report 1Q:10 . . . Internal Fixation Systems, Soft Tissue Regeneration announce funding rounds . . . Smith & Nephew wins 510(k) clearance for additional VERILAST claims . . . First commercial use of Interventional Spine's RENEW interspinous process device . . . NUVA files legal dispute against OFIX over Osteocel IP . . . LDR completes follow-up on two-level Mobi-C study more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 25-Mar-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 25, 2010

Bovie Medical, Custom Spine receive FDA clearances . . . Stryker resolves an FDA warning letter . . . Aesculap launches Spyder MIS retractor system . . . RTI Biologics opens reimbursement hotline . . . NASS surveys spine physicians about Medicare cuts . . . ConMed, Smith & Nephew and Stryker ink deals with Premier Purchasing Partners more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Feb-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 18, 2010

Earnings DJO reported 4Q:09 revenues of $257.2 million, up 5% over 4Q:08, with domestic rehab sales up 3% and domestic surgical implant sales up 8%. The company attributed the latter largely to "strong sales of our Reverse Shoulder Prosthesis." Net... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Dec-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 10, 2009

M&A The Yorkshire Post reported that DePuy Orthopaedics acquired Finsbury Orthopaedics. Finsbury has a range of hip, knee and small joint replacement products, including a hip resurfacing device. No details of the transaction were disclosed. Funding BioMedFlex raised $0.25 million... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-Dec-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 3, 2009

M&A Stryker entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ascent Healthcare Solutions, a medical device reprocessing company, for $525.0 million in cash. Ascent describes its operations as including the "cleaning, testing/verifying, packaging and sterilizing" or devices, as well as "remanufacturing,"... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-Nov-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 19, 2009

Earnings ArthroCare restated its earnings from 2004 through 2Q:09. The company reported total revenue for 2008 of $314.2 million, up 12% over 2007. Relative to prior-year periods, 1Q:09 revenues increased 2% to $78.8 million; 2Q:09 revenues decreased 6% to $80.8... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Sept-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009

M&A Kapstone Medical acquired exclusive rights to Spherofix's screw-locking technology, which the company plans to incorporate into a line of spinal implants. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Regulatory Covidien received FDA approval to market its DuraSeal spine sealant,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-Sept-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009

Regulatory Active Implants Corporation received a CE Class III Certificate for its TriboFit Hip System. The system is made from a low-wear polycarbonate-urethane material that the company says shares some of the characteristics of human cartilage. MEDICREA received 510(k) clearance... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Aug-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 20, 2009

Earnings aap Implantate reported 1H:09 sales of EUR 14.7 million ($20.7 million), representing a 10% decreased from 1H:08. Adjusting for one-time income, sales were down 3%, and in the second half of 2009, the company "anticipates a recovery in demand... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 23-Jul-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 23, 2009

Earnings Anika Therapeutics reported 2Q:09 revenue of $9.5 million, representing a 5% increase over 2Q:08 and missing estimates by $0.4 million. The company attributed revenue growth to both the ORTHOVISC and MONOVISC product lines, which contributed $5.6 million to total... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-Jul-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 2, 2009

Earnings Biomet reported net sales of $639.0 million for FQ4:09, which represents an increase of 1% as reported and 7% when adjusting for currency. Among segments, recon, excluding dental, increased 3% as reported and 11% constant currency. Dental decreased by... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Jun-2009 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 4, 2009

Funding Active Implants raised $10.0 million in a Series C preferred stock offering. The company is developing the TriboFit Hip and NUsurface implant systems based on its polycarbonate urethane technology. In conjunction with the financing round, the company appointed Charles... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 28-May-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 28, 2009

Regulatory Blackstone Medical received an FDA warning letter relating to the ICON Modular Spinal Fixation System, which the company voluntarily recalled in December of 2005. The FDA said Blackstone failed to adhere to its own risk management procedures and failed... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 21-May-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 21, 2009

Earnings Medtronic reported FQ4:09 revenue of $3.8 billion, representing a 5% increase (constant currency) over FQ4:08 and in line with estimates. Adjusted EPS for the quarter was $0.82, also in line with estimates. Spine and biologics revenue was $881.0 million,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-Apr-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 2, 2009

Earnings Corin reported 2008 revenues of GBP 39.8 million ($57.6 million), an 8% increase over 2007 sales. The company also reported a pretax loss of GBP 3.9 million ($5.6 million), which reflected a GBP 5.2 million ($7.2 million) inventory write-down... more

Judge Dismisses Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Medtronic Surgeons BY JOHN MCCORMICK, MARCH 27, 2009

Last Friday, federal judge Richard Stearns dismissed the well-publicized whistleblower lawsuit alleging that certain spine surgeons accepted kickbacks for using Medtronic's spinal implants. He also blocked a motion by the two women to file an amended complaint. The lawsuit accused... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 26-Mar-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 26, 2009

Regulatory Bonesupport received the CE mark for Cerament Bone Void Filler, a ceramic bone substitute primarily used for the treatment of osteoporotic fractures. IlluminOss Medical received the CE mark for its Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System. According to the company, the... 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

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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Dec-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 18, 2008

Funding In addition to its regularly scheduled payments, Orthofix International will make a $10 million debt prepayment on December 29th in advance of the scheduled maturity. According to Executive Vice President and CFO Bob Vaters, "This is a good time... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 11-Dec-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 12, 2008

Earnings Wright Medical reiterated 4Q:08 revenue and earnings guidance on a call this week and lowered 2009 guidance based on less favorable foreign exchange rates. The company is now calling for 2009 revenues in the range of $510 million to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Dec-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 4, 2008

Earnings Stryker announced a 2008 dividend of $0.40 per share, an increase of 21% over the 2007 dividend, which is payable January 30, 2009. President and CEO Stephen MacMillan said the increased dividend reflects the company's continued growth and strong... more

Smith & Nephew Granted Injunction against Arthrex BY JOHN MCCORMICK, NOVEMBER 24, 2008

Last week, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy was granted an injunction from a US Federal court barring Arthrex from manufacturing or selling several tacks and suture anchors used in minimally invasive soft tissue repairs. The injunction is due to take effect... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Nov-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 20, 2008

Earnings Medtronic reported FQ2:09 revenues of $3.57 billion, up 14% (8% constant currency) over the year-ago period and missing estimates by $0.12 billion. Non-GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share were $758.0 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, missing... more

Squeaky-Hip Case Against Stryker Dismissed in Colorado BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 10, 2008

A Colorado judge dismissed Jama Parker's lawsuit against Stryker over a squeaky ceramic-on-ceramic hip. The court determined that since the Trident system has PMA clearance, Parker's claims were preempted. Last February, an 8-1 Supreme Court decision upheld preemption in Reigel... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Oct-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 30, 2008

Earnings Exactech reported 3Q:08 revenues of $37.9 million, missing revenues by $0.9 million and representing an increase of 27% over the year-ago period. Among segments, knee revenue increased 16%; organic hip implant revenue increased 8%; biologic services revenue increased 12%;... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Oct-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 22, 2008

Earnings CONMED reported 3Q:08 revenues of $179.4 million, up 9% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $2.95 million. Arthroscopy was up 18% (17% constant currency), contributing $69.5 million to total sales. On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings per... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Sept-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008

M&A BoneSupport acquired Ultrazonix, the developer of an ultrasound-based treatment for alleviating pain associated with herniated discs. The product is FDA-cleared and CE-marked. Financial terms were not disclosed. Funding Formae received an investment of $0.5 million from BioAdvance, the Biotechnology... more

Stryker Sues DOJ Over "Oppressive" and "Overly Broad" Subpoenas BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 22, 2008

Almost a year following the settlement in its physician-payment investigation, the DOJ just won't leave Stryker alone, or so Stryker claims in a new legal action revealed this week. The company filed suit in U.S. District Court in Newark, NJ,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 21-Aug-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 21, 2008

Earnings Kensey Nash reported FQ4:08 revenues of $22.0, representing a 29% increase over FQ4:07 and beating estimates by $1.0 million. Biomaterials were up 37% to $13.3 million, which was attributed to strong growth in the orthopedic and cardiovascular product lines.... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 31-July-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 31, 2008

Earnings Cryolife reported 2Q:08 revenues of $27.2 million, up 18% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $1.4 million. Orthopedic tissue processing revenues declined 76% to $0.3 million, as the company has discontinued that segment of the business. Net... more

Ex-Medtronic Employees File Whistleblower Lawsuit BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 31, 2008

Two former Medtronic employees filed a qui tam lawsuit in a Boston federal court, alleging that more than 100 spine surgeons, neurosurgeons and distributors colluded with Medtronic to defraud Medicare and accepted kickbacks from the company. These are the same... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-July-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 3, 2008

Regulatory Interventional Spine announced that the FDA has conditionally approved its IDE application for the PercuDyn System, pending the company providing some additional information to the FDA. CEO Walter Cuevas commented that the company will now begin collecting data to... more

Patient Sues Surgeon, U Penn Health System Over Undisclosed Consulting Payments BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 2, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported this week that Katrina McKenzie has filed a lawsuit against Jonathan Garino, M.D. and the University of Pennsylvania Health System following a hip replacement she received as a participant in a clinical trial. The suit alleges... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-June-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 19, 2008

Funding Exactech received a $40.0 million syndicated line of credit which will be used to fund future acquisitions and refinance debt, among other expenses. SunTrust Bank served as lead agent with participation by Compass Bank. M&A clickNsettle announced plans... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 12-June-08 BY ARMELLE WIART, JUNE 12, 2008

M&A Wright Medical Group, Inc. announced that it has acquired the foot and ankle product line of A.M. Surgical, Inc. The systems purchased address the decompression and soft tissue release procedures most commonly performed by foot and ankle surgeons. The... more

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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Apr-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 10, 2008

M&A Kinetic Concepts, Inc. announced plans to acquire LifeCell for $1.7 billion, or $51.00 per share, which represents an 18% premium over LifeCell's closing price on Friday and a 26% premium over the 90-day volume weighted average trading price. KCI... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Mar-2008 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 13, 2008

Earnings BioMimetic Therapeutics reported 4Q:07 revenues of $4.5 million, up from $1.9 million in 4Q:06 but missing analysts' estimates by $1.1 million. Revenues included $3.6 million of product sales of GEM 21S to Luitpold, $0.7 million of royalty income and... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 28-Feb-2008 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 28, 2008

Earnings Artimplant reported 4Q:07 revenues of SEK 5.0 million ($0.8 million), up from SEK 1.6 million ($0.25 million) in the year-ago period. The net loss for 4Q:07 was SEK 2.1 million ($0.34 million), improved from a loss of SEK 9.5... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 21-Feb-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 21, 2008

Earnings ArthroCare reported 4Q:07 revenues of $87.5 million, beating estimates by $1.7 million, representing a 25% increase over the year-ago period. Net income was $14.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, missing estimates by a penny and representing a 78%... more

Supreme Court Decision Limits Product-Liability Cases BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 20, 2008

In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Medtronic in the Reigel v. Medtronic case. As we reported in June, Charles Reigel sued Medtronic after a balloon catheter failed during his angioplasty. Medtronic argued successfully in several... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 17-Jan-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 17, 2008

Earnings Biomet reported earnings for 2FQ:08 last week, with net sales up 11% to $578.1 million over the comparable quarter. Worldwide, knee sales were up 17%, and hip was up 12%. Extremity sales increased 11% and bone cements and accessories... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Jan-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 10, 2008

M&A ArthroCare Corp. acquired DiscoCare, Inc., whom the company describes as "a third-party billing and reimbursement service provider," for $25 million in cash plus potential future milestone payments. The company says, "This acquisition will allow ArthroCare to significantly expand its... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Dec-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 20, 2007

M&A BioMimetic announced the impending sale of its dental business and GEM 21S product to Luitpold Pharmaceuticals. Luitpold, who has been distributing the product since 2003, will pay BioMimetic $40.0 million in addition to ongoing royalty and milestone payments. The... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Dec-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 13, 2007

Earnings Tutogen reported FY07 revenues of $53.8 million, an increase of 42% over FY06. The Company reported net income of $6.8 million, or $0.36 per fully diluted share in fiscal year 2007 compared to a net loss of $0.6 million,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Nov-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 15, 2007

Earnings Artimplant announced 3Q:07 revenue of SEK 2.6 million, up from SEK 0.9 million in the year-ago period. 3Q:07 net loss was SEK 3.6 million, down from SEK 10.4 in 3Q:06. Earnings per share, including a non-recurring item, amounted to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 28-Sept-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 28, 2007

Legal Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday the terms of a settlement with Zimmer, Depuy, Biomet, Smith & Nephew and Stryker following an investigation into physician compensation practices. Zimmer, Depuy, Biomet and Smith & Nephew entered into deferred prosecution agreements and... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Aug-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 30, 2007

Earnings Globus Medical announced 2Q:07 revenues of $30.2 million, an increase of 52% over the comparable quarter. The company attributes the revenue growth to the expansion of its sales and distribution footprint, product introductions in its fusion, MIS and biomaterials... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 23-Aug-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 23, 2007

Earnings aap Implantate announced 38% growth in revenues following its consolidation with Fame Medical Group. Revenues in 1H:07 totaled EUR 12.7 million. Highlights from 2Q:07 include a reported double-digit increase in international sales in the Trauma & Joint Reconstruction segment... more

Synthes and Globus to Settle BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 21, 2007

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer (article here) reported that Synthes and Globus have settled their long running legal dispute for an undisclosed amount. The agreement stipulates that Globus that it will not solicit or hire Synthes employees for one year. This... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-August-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 2, 2007

Earnings Large Joint: Exactech announced 2Q:07 revenue of $31.6 million, beating estimates of $29.9 million and up 19% from the comparable quarter. CEO Bill Petty attributed the growth to "acceptance of our new products and continuing success of our products... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 26-July-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 26, 2007

Earnings Stryker reported revenues of $1.46 billion, beating estimates of $1.44 billion and increasing 16% from $1.26 billion in 2Q:06. 2Q:07 earnings were $269.1 million, or $0.65 per share, beating estimates of $0.61 and up from $0.52 in the comparable... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 5-Apr-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 4, 2007

Earnings aap Implantate AG announced 2006 revenues of EUR 18.5 million, up 38% from the previous year. The aap Group attributed the growth to the Biomaterials segment, where sales increased by 64% to EUR 12.2 million. Biomaterials now generates two... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 15-Mar-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 14, 2007

Earnings Orthovita reported 4Q:06 revenues of $13.81 million, beating analysts' estimates of $13.76 million and reflecting 38% growth compared to $9.97 million in 4Q:05. Orthovita attributed the growth to increased U.S. sales of VITOSS® FOAM and VITAGEL®. OrthoLogic announced 2006... more

MDMA Looks Ahead: MDUFMA, Reimbursement, Gainsharing and More BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 22, 2007

This afternoon MDMA held its monthly call, outlining policy changed that are on the horizon for 2007. We've outlined some of their comments below: MDUFMA Negotations for MDUFMA II have been ongoing since February of 2006. The FDA has recently... more

Orthopedics News Roundup 18-Jan-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 18, 2007

Earnings Lifecore Biomedical reported earnings for the second quarter ending December 31, 2006. Net income fell to $1.37 million, or $.10 per diluted share during the quarter from $1.39 or $.10 per diluted share, in the quarter ending December 31,... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 30-Nov-06 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 30, 2006

Earnings ORTHOsoft reported 3Q:06 revenues of CAN $3.8 million (US $3.3 million), up 59% from CAN $2.4 million (US $2.1 million) in 3Q:05. ORTHOsoft manufactures computer aided orthopedic surgery devices, and they attribute the 3Q:06 growth to increased navigation systems... more

Medtronic Sofamor Danek's Spinal Business Continues To Grow BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, NOVEMBER 21, 2006

For 2Q:07, Medtronic reported overall revenue of $3.08 billion, which represented year over year growth of 11% (10% on a constant currency basis), beating analyst estimates of $2.97 billion. During the quarter spinal instrumentation generated revenues of $421 million, an... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 2-Nov-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, NOVEMBER 3, 2006

Earnings Biologics: Orthovita reported 3Q:06 product sales came in at $11 million, up 32% compared to 3Q:05. Net loss for the quarter was $3.7 million, or a loss of $0.07 per share. The Company beat analysts' EPS estimates by $0.02,... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 5-Oct-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 5, 2006

Earnings Update: Tutogen Medical, Inc. provided an update on its 4Q:06 projected revenues which are estimated at ~$10.8 million, representing a 36% increase over the comparable quarter of 2005. Revenues for the fiscal year will be ~$38 million, an increase... more

Group Purchasing Organizations and Market Reform: What's Ahead for Device Companies? BY EDITOR, SEPTEMBER 5, 2006

February 2010 update: This report is no longer available for purchase. Learn more here.     Fact: GPO-negotiated contacts drive more than $100 billion in device purchases by hospitals.     News Item: The DOJ, the Connecticut Attorney General, three U.S. Senators, and the... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 31-Aug-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 31, 2006

Appointment: SpineVision® SA has hired Julian Mackenzie as its new Chairman and CEO. Previously, Mr. Mackenzie was with Wright Medical serving as Director General and CFO. Business Update: Donor Referral Services of North Carolina is at the center of a... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 17-Aug-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 17, 2006

Earnings: Biologics: Tutogen reported 3Q:06 sales of $10 million and a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.07 per fully diluted share compared to the same quarter last year. The Company would have experienced breakeven results without ~$1.1 million in... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 10-Aug-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 10, 2006

Earnings: Biologics: Orthovita reported 2Q:06 product sales came in at $11.2 million, up 32% compared to 2Q:05. On a non-GAAP basis net loss for the quarter was $5.1 million, or a loss of $0.10 per share. The Company did not... more

Medtronic Settles with DOJ on Kickbacks for $40 Million BY DAVID KRESSEL, JULY 18, 2006

Medtronic announced yesterday that it has settled with the Department of Justice regarding a qui tam lawsuit related to sales and marketing practices in its Spine group, particularly kickbacks to surgeons. Qui tam lawsuits are better known as whistleblower suits.... more

Controversy over Potential Kickbacks to Hospital Execs BY TODD BARTELS, JULY 18, 2006

An article in yesterday's New York Times provides a useful summation of the kickback controversy surrounding the Healthcare Research and Development Institute, or H.R.D.I., a for-profit consulting firm owned by about three dozen hospital executives that advises pharmaceutical, medical device,... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 6-Jul-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 6, 2006

Appointments: Tutogen Medical appointed Dr. Karl Koschatzky to the position of Managing Director. Dr. Koschatzky will replace Manfred Kruger, who was Tutogen's President of International operations and Managing Director of the German subsidiary. IsoTis OrthoBiologics appointed James William (Jim) Poser,... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 29-Jun-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JUNE 29, 2006

Appointment: Spine Wave announced that it has elected Ron Pickard to its Board of Directors. In addition to his role on the Board, Mr. Pickard will be actively involved in key projects including the development and commercialization of Spine Wave's... more

Sales Representatives' Accountability for Patient Safety BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, JUNE 8, 2006

In contrast to the prevailing trend of limiting the access of pharmaceutical representatives to physician offices, medical device representatives are often a welcome addition in the operating room. Many surgeons have come to rely on the service they provide during... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 20-Apr-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, APRIL 20, 2006

Many orthopedic companies will be reporting their 1Q:06 results in the next few weeks. The table below provides a listing of conference call dial-in numbers and webcasts for the investment community. How the overall orthopedic industry fared in the first... more

Medtronic Countersues Kyphon BY DAVID KRESSEL, APRIL 19, 2006

As we reported in March, Kyphon and Dr. Harvinder Sandhu filed an IP suit against Medtronic, and now Medtronic has parried with its own lawsuit. Medtronic has countersued Kyphon, claiming Kyphoplasty infringes on 3 patents relating to balloons for use... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 9-Mar-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, MARCH 9, 2006

Although management teams are preparing for AAOS, a few more companies reported earnings this week. We did a quick calculation and found that our internal Orthopedic Index PE year-to-date has stayed relatively flat at 27x. We expect that the AAOS... more

Patents Deterring Innovation BY LAING RIKKERS, MARCH 1, 2006

The issue of patent protection is high on the minds of people in both the orthopedics industry and US business. Today the lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) ranted about how the patent system, designed to spur... more

Kyphon/Sandhu Lawsuit against Medtronic Announced BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JANUARY 17, 2006

The spine patent dispute du jour isn't about "555" these days: it's about "665". Today, an intellectual property lawsuit between Kyphon and Sofamor Danek filed in November of last year was unsealed (at Kyphon's request) after the two parties were... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 1-Dec-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, DECEMBER 1, 2005

Appointment: OrthoSoft announced that Max Link has joined its Boards of Directors. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Link is a very well-recognized individual in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. He was CEO and Chairman of Centerpulse when... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 13-Oct-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 13, 2005

The allograft industry was scrutinized recently due to the highly publicized case of Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS). The company is being investigated by the Brooklyn district attorney's office for operating a scam to profit from body parts. The first company... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 06-Oct-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 6, 2005

While Medtronic was the big winner this week, Wright Medical ("WMGI") captured more headlines with two important news items that have negatively impacted their stock price. On Wednesday, WMGI's stock price suffered a huge loss with 20% decline intraday due... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 9-Sept-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, SEPTEMBER 9, 2005

The FDA Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel held a meeting September 8th and 9th to rule on two important issues: Smith & Nephew's hip resurfacing device and the design of clinical studies for spinal devices. You can find background information... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 5-Aug-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 5, 2005

This week we finish off the first half of 2005 reporting season with 17 orthopedic companies* released their financial numbers. In 2Q:05, in an aggregated total, orthopedic revenues increased 16% ($3.8 billion vs. $3.2 billion) and a 25% increased in... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 29-Jul-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 29, 2005

Earnings: Please refer to the table (below) for individual company sales and earnings. It's all about earnings this week... Biologics: Clearly, the big winner this week is LifeCell Corp. who reported strong earnings on Monday stock was up 24% at... more

Surgeon Owned Distributorships BY RICHARD ZALL, JULY 28, 2005

[Editor's note: We welcome attorney Richard Zall of Mintz, Levin as a guest blogger to answer a question posed by a reader in response to Joane Goodroe's Gainsharing post earlier this week. See Zall's profile here.] Interested in your thoughts... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 24-Jun-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JUNE 24, 2005

The New York Times covers (registration required) the obstacles facing evidence-based medicine in a cardiac-centric article that touches on orthopedics. Hospitals are pressuring device prices down, and TheStreet.com gives a good quick treatment to the the reimbursement issue we cover... more

Medtronic and Michelson Finally Settle for $1.35 billion BY JOHN MCCORMICK, APRIL 25, 2005

The four year spine patent dispute between Dr. Gary Michelson and Medtronic, Inc. came to a mind-boggling conclusion on Friday when Medtronic announced that it would settle for a cool $1.35 billion - the largest one-time intellectual property award in... more

Kyphon Reports Both Rising Sales and Rising Legal Activity BY ROBIN R. YOUNG CFA, NOVEMBER 3, 2004

You can always tell what managers are really thinking by the order of their comments on conference calls. For the quarter just ended (September 30/2004) Kyphon reported a 59% jump in net sales $55.8 million. Earnings soared to $6.1 million,... more

Troubling Consistency at Sofamor Danek BY ROBIN R. YOUNG CFA, OCTOBER 25, 2004

Two whistle blower lawsuits in the last 13 months. Two court rulings in favor of Dr. Gary Michelson's claim that Sofamor Danek infringed his property rights. A court ordered permanent injunction against Sofamor Danek last month in a patent case.... more

Appeals Court Deals Zimmer Setback BY ROBIN R. YOUNG CFA, OCTOBER 11, 2004

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Pennsylvania and New Jersey) breathed new life last week into an otherwise moribund case against Zimmer. In remanding the case back to a lower court, which had dismissed it earlier, the... more

Spine Wars: Michelson vs. the Industry? BY ROBIN R. YOUNG CFA, OCTOBER 4, 2004

If we've heard it once, we've heard it a dozen times. Gary Michelson, with attorneys in tow, haunts spine company booths at conferences like the upcoming NASS or CNS informing them of patent violations on the fly. Yikes! And last... more

Kyphon Sues Disc-O-Tech alleging Patent Infringement and a NEW vertebral compression fracture balloon patent is issued by U.S. Patent office - but not to Kyphon You'll never guess who's got it BY ROBIN R. YOUNG CFA, APRIL 5, 2004

It was middle of the afternoon at Kyphon's headquarters, but after 6pm Eastern Standard Time when Kyphon issued an announcement that it was suing start-up company Disc-O-Tech in both U.S. District Court and at the International Trade Commission for patent... more

Shareholders sue Genzyme Biosurgery BY EDITOR, JUNE 2, 2003

We didn't specifically see this coming, but we're not surprised. A seriously disgruntled group of Genzyme Biosurgery's shareholders have filed suit against Genzyme Biosurgery. We commented on Genzyme's ending of the tracking stock mechanism three weeks ago as follows: “Some... more


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