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January 7, 2013
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  • Navidea announces interim analysis for Phase III Lymphoseek trial
    Navidea Biopharmaceuticals said it has gathered a sufficient number of participants in its NEO3-06 Phase III trial to do a pre-planned interim analysis of Lymphoseek in patients with head and neck cancer. The analysis will compare the pathological findings on sentinel lymph nodes identified using Lymphoseek with those of lymph nodes removed in a full nodal dissection surgery of the head and neck. Findings from the analysis are expected later this year. Business Wire/News release (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News & Research 
  • Bayer-Onyx's Nexavar hits primary goal in thyroid cancer study
    Bayer and Onyx Pharmaceuticals' Nexavar, or sorafenib, met the primary goal of a late-stage trial by significantly improving progression-free survival versus a placebo in patients with radioactive iodine therapy-resistant thyroid cancer. Bayer plans to submit Nexavar for regulatory approval as a treatment for radioactive iodine refractory differentiated thyroid cancer. The drug is cleared for liver and kidney cancer in more than 100 nations. Reuters (1/3) , MedPage Today (free registration) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Report 
  • Lexmark expands with acquisition of Acuo Technologies
    Lexmark International has expanded Perceptive Software, a company it purchased in 2010, through its acquisition of medical imaging software provider Acuo Technologies. The deal, which will integrate the product lines of Acuo and Perceptive, will boost efforts to develop a new tool for additional medical content that is accessible through EHR systems, Lexmark said. Health Data Management (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Developments 
  • Iran set to develop new radioisotopes
    Iranian Atomic Energy Agency Director Fereidoun Abbasi announced the country is set to produce five new radioisotope drugs, according to a report. Abbasi said reactors are working to produce the drugs. Iran is aiming to become independent in producing radioisotopes after March 21, National Security Committee spokesman Hossein Naqavi Hosseini previously said. Trend (Azerbaijan) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Minn. group aims to reverse changes to 510(k) process
    The Minnesota Medical Device Alliance has filed a petition asking the FDA to discontinue certain definitions and administrative measures that the group says unlawfully alter the 510(k) clearance process. The petition cites practices adopted by the FDA since 2009, including wrongly applying "assurance case" and risk mitigation principles to 510(k) criteria. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS postpones HIPAA operating rules deadline
    Enforcement of HIPAA operating rules has been moved to April, according to a CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services statement. "Industry feedback suggests that HIPAA-covered entities have not reached a threshold whereby a majority of covered entities would be able to be in compliance with operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013," according to the agency. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • Legislator introduces bill to improve federal support for telemedicine
    Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has introduced the Telehealth Promotion Act of 2012 that would boost federal financial support for telemedicine services. The bill, which has received support from the American Telemedicine Association, would improve current Medicare and Medicaid initiatives by launching new programs using telehealth to augment care. Healthcare IT News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From SNMMI 
  • SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting online registration ends Jan. 16!
    Just over a week remains to register online for the SNMMI 2013 Mid-Winter Meeting. Check out the online meeting planner to view the more than 40 sessions happening Jan. 23-27 in New Orleans, including PET/MRI in molecular imaging, PET imaging in clinical research, emerging technologies and the 2nd Annual Sino-American Conference. Online registration closes Jan. 16. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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