A rising number of reports about deaths, injuries and malfunctions linked to the robotic surgery system made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. may pressure hospitals to bolster training for doctors using the $1.5 million device.
The number of adverse incident reports involving Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s robots more than doubled this year, according to U.S. regulators who also released a physician survey showing no consistent training exists for the complex machines.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s biggest generic-drug maker, was accused by lawyers at a Nevada trial of putting profit ahead of the safety of colonoscopy patients who got the company’s Propofol anesthetic from reused vials.
Whatever its flaws, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has sparked innovation across the U.S.’s sclerotic health-care system. An especially welcome example is the push to expand the role of nurse practitioners in primary care.