Medtronic Inc.’s CoreValve replaced damaged aortic valves more safely than expected in patients who can’t tolerate traditional open-heart surgery, leading U.S. regulators to say it won’t need an advisory committee review.
Abbott Laboratories’ experimental hepatitis C treatment cured almost half of patients who couldn’t eliminate the virus with therapies now on the market, according to a study that boosted the company’s shares.
Hologic Inc., a maker of cervical cancer and breast biopsy tools, adopted a shareholder’s rights plan after billionaire investor Carl Icahn reported a 13 percent stake in the company and said he may seek board seats.
Medtronic Inc. ghost-wrote sections of medical papers and paid physician authors hundreds of millions of dollars in “consulting fees” to promote its bone- growth product Infuse, a U.S. Senate investigation found.
Johnson & Johnson ’s antipsychotic medicine Risperdal Consta, its third-best-selling drug, fared no better than less expensive treatments at keeping schizophrenia patients out of the hospital, U.S. researchers said.
Boston Scientific Corp.’s Watchman, designed to help prevent strokes in patients with an erratic heartbeat, may be a tougher sell for U.S. regulators after a study failed to confirm the device’s benefit.
Boston Scientific Corp., the second- biggest maker of heart-rhythm aids, plans to eliminate as many as 1,500 more positions as the medical-device industry struggles with shrinking markets and development costs.