Health care again took center stage in Thursday's night Democratic debate, with former Vice President Joe Biden attacking Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., over the cost of their Medicare for All proposal. Eight of the presidential hopefuls in Thursday's debate support a public option or some sort other policy framework that would maintain a substantial role for private health insurance.
The FDA has approved Ardelyx's Ibsrela, or tenapanor, to treat adult irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, to be taken twice daily in 50-mg doses. Patients who have or are suspected of having mechanical gastrointestinal obstruction are not advised to take Ibsrela.
Bio-Rad Laboratories is suing 10x Genomics, alleging infringement of a patent covering techniques for detecting enzymatic reactions in microfluidic droplets. The company seeks damages, attorney fees and costs and an injunction or ongoing royalty.
European regulators have granted CE mark approval to LumaCyte's Radiance single-cell analysis instrument. The device uses laser force cytology technology to measure optical and fluidic forces within a microfluidic channel to analyze each cell's intrinsic cellular properties.
Camber Spine's Spira-O Open Matrix OLIF, a spine implant for oblique lumbar interbody fusion surgery, is scheduled to be launched later this month. The implant will allow surgeons to reach multiple levels via one incision without the need for patient repositioning.
The FDA has granted 510(k) clearance to GE Healthcare's AI algorithms, dubbed Critical Care Suite, embedded in a mobile X-ray device. The algorithms are intended to reduce the time required to assess chest X-rays for pneumothorax.
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