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November 13, 2012
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  • Majority of medtech firms unhappy with 510(k) process, survey finds
    A survey of 128 medtech firms found 64% were dissatisfied with the FDA's 510(k) clearance process, largely because of communication delays and perceived inadequate scientific expertise at the agency. Companies focused on ophthalmic, ENT and neurological devices expressed the highest discontent, according to the survey, which was sponsored by the MedTech Resource Alliance. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Clinical News & Research 
  • University's translational research program gets $50M from NIH
    Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine's Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences has received a $50 million renewal grant from the NIH. "We are charged with speeding the application of research findings in prevention, diagnosis and treatment across a wide spectrum of health conditions and research disciplines," said ICTS director Dr. Bradley Evanoff. Priority areas for the next five years include translating genetics and genomics research into the clinical setting. KWMU-FM (St. Louis) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy 
  • Experts see impending changes to Medicare
    Medicare likely will be subject to changes as President Barack Obama and Congress decide how to reduce the country's deficit, according to experts. "I do think cost containment for Medicare and Medicaid will be a very important part of the discussion," according to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. "In the end, Medicare will have to operate under some sort of cap," the American Enterprise Institute's Joseph Antos said during a webinar hosted by the Association of Health Care Journalists. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • Advocacy groups unite to protect federal research funding
    Research!America and other patient, industry and health care advocacy organizations will descend on Capitol Hill to impress upon lawmakers the importance of federal funds for research in an effort to stave off automatic budget cuts. "With so much at stake, research advocates must join forces to fight for lifesaving research, which is also a fight for American innovation and American jobs," said Research!America President Mary Woolley. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  From SNMMI 
  • In Memory of Henry N. Wagner, Jr., MD
    SNMMI is collecting and posting thoughts, stories, videos and photos — both professional and personal — from our members to remember Dr. Wagner, both on the SNMMI website and at the SNMMI Annual Meeting in June. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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