March 15, 2012
Maryland will get nearly $10,000 as part of a national settlement involving kickbacks to doctors to encourage them to implant pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators in patients, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday. Medtronic Inc, the developer of the medical devices, settled with the federal government for $23.5 million. Medtronic paid physicians who agreed to participate in clinical studies or registries involving their pacemakers and ICDs, according to the agreement.
October 1, 2011
Kathleen Hammett smiled and her eyes became glassy as she watched her daughter trying to spell out the letters of her name on a piece of paper. "She's about to turn 4," Hammett said. It's not a miracle that Clara, a cheery girl with curly blonde hair and blue eyes, is about to celebrate another birthday. But it's nothing short of one that Hammett, who suffered a hemorrhage after giving birth four years ago this weekend and battled breast cancer less than a year later, could watch her girl grow up. On Sunday, the 40-year-old from Hollywood, Md., will run in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis as one of the 25 Medtronic Global Heroes - runners with implanted medical devices who overcame serious medical conditions.
July 5, 2011
In a conference room in downtown Baltimore, F. Blix Winston compared the Food and Drug Administration to a "slow-moving bulldog. " "You don't want to get bitten," Winston, an expert on the federal regulation of medical devices, told a crowd of about 50 entrepreneurs and academics recently. "You don't want to tangle with the FDA," he warned. "The FDA has the power to come in and padlock a company's doors. " Winston's presentation was part of a new approach by Maryland economic development officials to promote the state's life sciences industry.
February 24, 2011
Europeans have long extolled centralized planning and tolerated large government bureaucracies. But when it comes to approving medical devices, Europe has taken a decidedly decentralized approach — to the great benefit of patients and health care workers. It is an example the United States would do well to follow. Consider the field of cardiology. A national medical conference, such as the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, gives you a glimpse into the future.
January 23, 2011
Marc Miller survived a motorcycle crash in October near his Baltimore County home, but his foot had been dragged along the pavement and badly damaged. That injury would require both the most advanced medicine and an ancient therapy — leeches. Trauma doctors at Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland and other U.S. hospitals routinely use leeches as a temporary measure to keep blood flowing as new vessels grow in a damaged area. The animals kept blood moving in and out of a new skin flap sewn onto Miller's foot.
February 19, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. -- Like a growing number of aging baby boomers, I recently had knee surgery. During a follow-up visit, my doctor showed me an X-ray of my knee, and I saw that a metal screw had been implanted during the surgery. I didn't know the screw was being placed there, and I knew nothing about who had made it, how well these devices had performed in long-term studies or whom I would tell if I had a problem with the device. When I purchase an appliance these days, the manufacturer asks me to register the product by mail or over the Internet so it can match me with the product details.