US House passes medical device user fee agreement
The US House of Representatives today passed a bill to reauthorize the FDA’s medical device user fee program, alongside a prescription drug, generic drug and bio similar programs through 2022. Newly appointed FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb applauded the passage, saying it was a “timely reauthorization key for FDA, patients,” on Twitter after the bill passed. “This legislation will save lives,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said on the house floor, according to a Regulatory Affairs Professionals report on the vote. The Senate has not yet scheduled a floor debate for its version of the user fee bill,...
Source: Mass Device - July 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill User fees Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Hit By First Nurses Strike In Boston In 31 Years
BOSTON (CBS) — More than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center went on strike at 7 a.m. Wednesday after last-minute negotiations between the union and the hospital failed. It’s the first nurses strike in Boston in more than 30 years. The one-day strike at Tufts is a protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the nurses they represent at the hospital. “It’s not a place that any of us wanted to be but we feel very much forced into this situa...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Business Consumer Health Local News Syndicated Local Massachusetts Nurses Association Tufts Medical Center Tufts Nurse Strike Source Type: news

Pension plan is the last hurdle in Tufts nurse strike talks
Contract negotiations between Tufts Medical Center and its union nurses are getting derailed mainly by one issue: changes to the retirement plan. Eleventh-hour contract talks are scheduled for Tuesday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Pension plan is the last hurdle in Tufts nurse strike talks
Contract negotiations between Tufts Medical Center and its union nurses are getting derailed mainly by one issue: changes to the retirement plan. Eleventh-hour contract talks are scheduled for Tuesday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 10, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center: ‘ We ’ re Ready ’ If Nurses Strike Wednesday
BOSTON (CBS) — Officials at Tufts Medical Center said they are prepared in the event that nurses go through with their planned strike on Wednesday. “We have all the resources we need… to take care of all our patients,” Chief Nursing Officer Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, said at a press conference Monday morning. The one-day strike is a protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the 1,200 nurses they represent at the hospital. It could be the first ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Massachusetts Nurses Association Nick Giovanni Nurse Strike Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

Tufts Medical Center Officials: ‘ We ’ re Ready ’ If Nurses Strike Wednesday
BOSTON (CBS) — Officials at Tufts Medical Center said they are prepared in the event that nurses go through with their planned strike on Wednesday. “We have all the resources we need … to take care of all our patients,” Chief Nursing Officer Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, said at a press conference Monday morning. The one-day strike is in protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital’s “safety issues.” They’re asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the 1,200 nurses they represent at the hospital. .@TuftsMedicalCtr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Carl Stevens Massachusetts Nurses Association Nick Giovanni Nurse Strike Tufts Medical Center Source Type: news

FDA user-fee financial impact
I ran across an article in a recent edition of Medtech Insight that focused on the 10 key details from US FDA agreements that will impact medical device and diagnostics companies. The article indicates that the US FDA user-fee reauthorization legislation is proceeding through Congress, most recently with a May 11 markup in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.  Lawmakers would like to see a bill passed in July.   The core details of the user-fee reauthorization agreements will have a signification impact on companies’ day-to-day regulatory operations in the fiscal 2018-2022 period. &nb...
Source: Mass Device - July 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog IMARC Source Type: news

8% of Multi-Employer Pension Plans At Risk of Defaulting - AARP
4 hours ago ... More pension plans are seeking financial assistance and with 8% of plans at risk of default, possibly costing workers their retirement incomes. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - July 7, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

UNISON comments on FCA report on the asset management market
This report has significance for a huge number of workers. “For too long, customers have struggled to understand the real cost behind pension funds and only a clear and simplified market will help them make better choices.  “UNISON is calling on the FCA to ensure that unions are involved so transparency remains at the heart of the industry.” Media contacts: Fatima Ayad T: 0207 121 5255 M: 07508 080383 E: f.ayad@unison.co.uk Sophie Goodchild T: 0207 121 5546 M: 07767 325595 E: s.goodchild@unison.co.uk Alan Weaver T: 0207 121 5555 M: 07939 143310 E: a.weaver@unison.co.uk The article...
Source: UNISON Health care news - June 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release dave prentis pensions Source Type: news

Illinois is about to declare a state of bankruptcy and seize all state pension funds, just as the Health Ranger repeatedly warned for the last year
(Natural News) The governor of Illinois, Republican Bruce Rauner, had some choice words for the press and his fellow legislative colleagues in the sixth month of 2017 as their two year discussions on the ever spiraling debt budget crisis came to another screeching deadlock. “We’re like a banana republic,” Gov. Rauner lamented, according to Fox News, after the state lawmaker’s legislative deadline passed. “We... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The High Cost of Ageing
Veena S. Kulkarni is Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Sociology, & Geography, Arkansas State University, U.S.; Vani S. Kulkarni is Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.; and Raghav Gaiha is (Hon.) Professorial Fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, EnglandBy Veena S. Kulkarni, Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaNEW DELHI, Jun 23 2017 (IPS)Evidence shows that health systems must be recast to accommodate the needs of chronic disease prevention. Disability is the umbrella term for impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. (Represen...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Veena Kulkarni Vani Kulkarni Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Is Illinois the next Venezuela? Democrats have driven Illinois to the point of bankruptcy, and soon pensions and road repair will collapse
(Natural News) The state of Illinois is in the throes of a serious financial crisis – arguably the worst in our nation’s history, in fact – that threatens to drive the midwestern enclave to the brink of bankruptcy and collapse. Reports indicate that Illinois is facing a more than $15 billion deficit as lawmakers scramble... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Several states set to collapse under crushing weight of bankrupt pensions: Will Illinois become the first?
(Natural News) For years Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has been warning Americans that many of the nation’s public sector pensions are underfunded by hundreds of billions of dollars and are on a course to collapse. In 2013, Adams warned police officers, firefighters, teachers and others who work for government entities that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

9th Circ denies pension fund in $187m suit against Align Technology
The 9th Circuit this week affirmed a decision to deny a pension fund’s class action suit which alleges that orthodontic device developer Align Technology (NSDQ:ALGN) misled it’s investors about it’s 2011 acquisition of Cadent for $187.6 million. In the appeal, the plaintiffs, the Michigan-based City of Dearborn Heights Act 345 Police & Fire Retirement System, argued that an earlier decision had overstated standards for pleading falsity and scienter. The group argued that “falsity of opinion statements can be pleaded by alleging facts that demonstrate that ‘there is no reasonable basis...
Source: Mass Device - June 19, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Dental Legal News Align Technology Source Type: news

Senate drug price hearing turns into debate over healthcare reform
Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee gathered last week to discuss the rising costs of prescription drugs. But the hearing quickly morphed into a heated back-and-forth between senators over the Republican’s efforts to reform healthcare. Democratic senators, including Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), used their time to criticize their Republican counterparts for writing the GOP healthcare bill behind closed doors. “I know you’re a part of the discussion. You know what’s in it, we have no idea. We haven’t seen it,” Murray said to cha...
Source: Mass Device - June 19, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Legal News Pharma Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill Gilead Sciences Source Type: news

Carer's Allowance and the Retirement Pension
House of Commons Library - Carer's Allowance cannot be paid in addition to the Retirement Pension because of the"overlapping benefits" rule. This briefing looks at the rationale for this rule, and at the position of successive governments on payment of Carer's Allowance to people over state pension age.BriefingCommons Library publications (Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection)
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - June 19, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Social care Source Type: news

Study: Most state pension plans paper over unfunded liabilities
(North Carolina State University) An analysis of state pension plans from across the country finds that the already troubling state of pension finances may be worse than it first appears because many pension managers are making their plan's financial condition look better by perpetually putting off payments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNISON is ‘ strong and stable ’ WET conference hears
“We are strong and stable – even if the government isn’t.” That was the message from UNISON’s water, environment and transport (WET) service group executive chair Ruth Davis this morning, as she addressed the group’s conference in Brighton. “We live in difficult times, but we must carry on and not allow” people to make us change our lives,” she said of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, together with the Grenfell Tower fire. Ms Davis thanked public service workers who have tackled these events. Reminding delegates of the Conservative government&rsquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - June 18, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News WET WET conference 2017 Source Type: news

Supreme Court ruling could bring relief for local health systems
A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on pension funding for faith-based hospitals could have an impact on pending lawsuits against local health care systems. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 14, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

Beneficiary's Claim Is Barred By 6-Year Statute Of Limitations, Panel Affirms
NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal on May 24 affirmed that a beneficiary's claim for increased disability pension benefits is barred by New York's six-year statute of limitations because the beneficiary knew in 2004 that she was not receiving the increased benefits (Julienne Moses, as beneficiary of Paul Moses [deceased] v. Revlon Inc. et al., No. 16-2960, 2nd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9005). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - June 13, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Firm urges shareholders to vote against Mylan board nominees
Shareholder advisory firm ISS issued a report today urging its clients to vote against 10 of Mylan‘s (NSDQ:MYL) board members and executive pay packages, including chief executive Heather Bresch and chairman Robert Coury. The recommendation comes after a group of influential investors, including the New York City and State pension funds, encouraged other shareholders to vote against 6 board members and Coury. ISS echoed the pension funds’ concerns, writing that the board mismanaged the widespread criticism around Mylan’s pricey EpiPen allergy auto-injector. The company is now the subject of numerous ...
Source: Mass Device - June 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Respiratory Wall Street Beat Mylan Source Type: news

More Retirees Moving Abroad - AARP
1 hour ago ... There's a growing trend of retirees moving to other countries so they can stretch their pension and benefit dollars. And some nations are trying  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - June 9, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Mylan defends chairman to shareholder advisory firm amid scrutiny
Mylan (NSDQ:MYL) defended chairman Robert Coury to Institutional Shareholder Services, an shareholder advisory group, earlier this week as the firm prepares to release a report advising shareholders how they should vote in the upcoming re-election of Coury and other directors. Major investors like the New York City and State pension funds have urged shareholders to vote against Coury and 5 other directors, pointing towards issues like Coury’s $97 million compensation package last year. The funds also cited Mylan’s sinking share price, which has dropped since it reportedly turned down a takeover deal w...
Source: Mass Device - June 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Mylan Teva Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

House panel advances user fee bill
A U.S. House panel yesterday advanced the Lower Chamber’s version of the bill to reauthorize the user fee deal between the medical device and drug industries and the FDA. Medical device and drug companies pay user fees to have the FDA review their products. The last Medical Device User Fee Act in 2012 doubled user fees from $295 million over 5 years to $595 million, in exchange for performance goals set for the FDA. Although the parties hammered out the 4th MDUFA iteration last August, earlier this year the Trump administration proposed doubling the fees to $2 billion for calendar 2018. In return,...
Source: Mass Device - June 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill User fees Source Type: news

Trump admin spares NIH director Collins
The Trump administration will be keeping on Obama-appointed NIH director Francis Collins, according to a report from The Hill. The decision comes after 4 key Republicans urged Trump to keep him in his role in a letter sent last December, which stated that “his distinguished scientific experience, effective leadership skills, and long standing relationships with members of Congress, researchers, and advocates will service the nation and your administration well,” according to the report. Collins has operated as NIH director since 2009, and served as lead of the Human Genome Project prior to that, The Hill said. ...
Source: Mass Device - June 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Capitol Hill personnel-moves Source Type: news

Possible ruling soon on Illinois Medicaid payment priority
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge could determine as soon as Tuesday whether Illinois' obligation to make payments to Medicaid providers under a federal consent decree takes precedence over state-mandated payments for debt service, pensions and other priorities. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Supreme Court Ruling Imperils Pension Protections
Is your pension safe from the " church plan " exemption to ERISA? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 6, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ashlea Ebeling, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

Bayer further reduces stake in Covestro
Accelerated bookbuilding and bonds exchangeable into Covestro shares offered / Bayer to deposit 8 million Covestro shares in Bayer Pension Trust e. V. (Source: Bayer Company News)
Source: Bayer Company News - June 6, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

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Bayer further reduces stake in CovestroAccelerated bookbuilding and bonds exchangeable into Covestro shares offered / Bayer to deposit 8 million Covestro shares in Bayer Pension Trust e. V.mehr ... (Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events)
Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events - June 6, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Justices side with religious hospitals in pension dispute
A unanimous Supreme Court says religious hospitals don't have to comply with federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Is your pension fund a massive Ponzi scheme? That's how they're being run...
(Natural News) If you’re a working employee contributing to a pension fund for your future retirement, your contributions could be getting spent on payouts to current retirees rather than invested as they should be for your eventual use. That’s because pension funds tend to function more like Ponzi schemes than actual retirement programs, benefiting those... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mylan board faces pressure from pension funds
Investors, including the New York City and State pension funds and the California State Teacher’s Retirement System, are urging shareholders to vote against Mylan (NSDQ:MYL) chairman Robert Coury and 5 other board members at the company’s upcoming annual meeting. Coury was compensated with more than $97 million last year and some investors aren’t happy about it. The pensions funds are major institutional shareholders – together, they control 4.3 million shares of the EpiPen-maker. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Mylan board faces pressure from pensio...
Source: Mass Device - May 31, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Mylan Teva Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tanzania: PPF Donates Hospital Supplies in Kisarawe
[Citizen] Kisarawe -The PPF Pension Fund yesterday handed over medical equipment's to Kisarawe district being a section of his programme to distribute the equipment's worth Sh3 billion countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 31, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sleep apnea, disability pension and cause-specific mortality: a nationwide register linkage study - Hulvej Rod N, Kjeldg ård L, Akerstedt T, Ferrie JE, Salo P, Vahtera J, Alexanderson K.
Sleep apnea is a common problem affecting daily functioning and health. We evaluated associations between sleep apnea and disability pension and mortality in a prospective study of 74,543 cases of sleep apnea (60,125 outpatient; 14,418 inpatient) from the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Different Drug War Rages Over Savings, Prescription Costs
Pharmacy benefit managers, the entities that process payments between drugstores and health benefit plans, are continuing their fight against an Arkansas law that they say will raise the cost of prescription medicine. The appeal of a March 1 decision by Chief U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller of Little Rock is the latest skirmish in a long-standing feud. Pharmacies accused PBMs of being unnecessary middlemen whose very existence has resulted in consumers paying more for prescription drugs. PBMs, on the other hand, describe themselves as champions of the consumer that negotiate better drug prices in exchange for a share o...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 29, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

New FDA head Gottlieb lifts hiring freeze
Newly assigned FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb is lifting the hiring freeze enacted in January by the Trump Administration, according to a new report. The announcement was made at the hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence report. In April, the Trump administration said it would end the hiring freeze at agencies who created plans outlining workforce reductions and cost savings by June 30. Gottlieb said that the FDA was moving forward and beginning to fill vacancies, which h...
Source: Mass Device - May 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Source Type: news

Tanzania: PPF Gives Support to Morogoro Hospital
[Daily News] PPF Pensions Fund has handed over health equipment worth over 6m/-to Morogoro Regional Hospital as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania: PPF Hands Over Medical Equipment Worth Sh99.9 Million
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The Parastatal Pensions Fund (PPF) has handed over medical equipment worth Sh99.9 million to regional hospitals and health centres in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa and India – Sharing the Development Journey
Djibouti Port. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPSBy Akinwumi AdesinaABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, May 19 2017 (IPS)Africa, like India, is a continent of rich and compelling diversity. Both continents share a similar landscape, a shared colonial history, and similar economic and demographic challenges. This helps both India and Africa work especially well with each other. This cooperation is both a mutual privilege and priority. At the end of the 2015 India-Africa Forum Summit, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced very substantial credits and grant assistance which benefitted our relationship. In addition to an India-Africa Developm...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Akinwumi Adesina Tags: Africa Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Featured Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Trade & Investment African Development Bank (AfDB) Source Type: news

HHS chief Price: Cut FDA ’ s budget and hike user fees
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price penned a letter to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) asking the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee to consider increasing user fees that the medical device and drug industries pay to the FDA, while slashing the agency’s budget. “To ensure the FDA has the critical resources needed to keep pace with this field, the President’s Budget Blueprint proposes to increase and restructure the medical product user fee programs at FDA to be 100% user fee supported programs, with no funding triggers that require budget authority financing,” Price wr...
Source: Mass Device - May 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceuticals Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill Source Type: news

Survival preparations: People who think they can rely on the federal government for total support during a crisis, are either terrifyingly stupid or bewilderingly insane
(Natural News) Many Americans rarely if ever consider the issues of fundamental survival. By “survival”, I do not mean having a successful career, a low rate mortgage, a savings account, pension fund, nest-egg, etc. These are illusory means of survival in an economy not based in reality, but held together by deceptive government policies and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

8 Ways To Save More Money In Retirement
If you’re getting close to retirement age, it’s perfectly normal to be excited. One day, you’ll hand in your resignation at work and begin counting down the hours (instead of the weeks or years) until you’re living life on your own terms. You’ve worked your entire life for this moment, so it’s only natural to look forward to this change with gratitude and enthusiasm. But, if you’re like most Americans, there may be an issue. You may dream of restful mornings reading the newspaper and late night card sessions with friends, but that doesn’t mean your bank account agrees. A rece...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 10, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Intrinsic Therapeutics raises $50m for Barricaid annular closure device Intrinsic Therapeutics said today that it raised a $49 million debt-and-equity round for the Barricaid annular closure device for discectomies that it&rsqu...
Source: Mass Device - May 10, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

New VA Health Care Bill Can Help Mesothelioma Patients
A recent extension and reform of the Veterans Choice Program could allow for better access to care for veterans diagnosed with rare cancers such as mesothelioma. President Donald Trump signed the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act (S.544) into law on April 18. The bill amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, eliminating the Aug. 7, 2017, expiration date and allowing the program to operate until the remaining $950 million in the Veterans Choice Fund is expended. Under the new law, military veterans can continue receiving health care in the private sector when care isn’...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - May 10, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Aaron Munz David Shuklin Donald Trump mesothelioma life expectancy military veterans asbestos exposure pending VA claims President Barack Obama private health care for veterans Trump executive orders VA accountability and whistleblower p Source Type: news

Senate approves Gottlieb as FDA chief
The U.S. Senate voted 57-42 yesterday to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the FDA. Gottlieb, 44, is a former FDA deputy commissioner who has advocated a loosening of requirements needed for approval of new medical products. He is also a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, a partner at venture capital firm New Enterprise Assoc., and sits on the boards of multiple healthcare companies. The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee approved Gottlieb on a 14-9 vote last month. Democrats who opposed the nomination criticized Gottlieb for b...
Source: Mass Device - May 10, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat personnel-moves Source Type: news

Swiss blood testing company gets $2.5M for novel at-home system
DBS System, a Swiss company that makes a line of portable blood tests called HemaXis, has raised $2.5 million led by investiere. The funding was in Swiss francs, but the values of the currencies are currently approximately equal. Investiere contributed $800,000, Swiss pension fund Nest put in $700,000, and $1 million came from existing shareholders and angel investors. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - May 9, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 9, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. 10 new crowdfunded health devices that will intrigue you With crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, companies can obtain the funding for ideas they want to come to life (even potato salad parties), with the prom...
Source: Mass Device - May 9, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Senate committee updates FDA user fee bill
The U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee this week floated an updated “manager’s amendment” to the House bill reauthorizing the user fee deal between the FDA and the medical device and drug industries. The HELP panel’s amendments, issued ahead of a committee vote slated for tomorrow, include all of the elements hammered out in 2-year negotiations to date. It also includes a trio of new sections covering device facility inspections and regulatory improvements, pediatric devices and drugs and clinical trial requirements, according to Regulatory Affairs. The&n...
Source: Mass Device - May 9, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance User fees Source Type: news

Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Disability Claimant's Claim For Deprivation Of Rights
CHICAGO - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 14 affirmed a district court's dismissal of a disability claimant's allegation of deprivation of rights after determining that the pension plan that administered the disability plan at issue did not act in the interests of the "state" as required by the federal statute governing the claim for deprivation of rights (Joseph Reinwand v. National Electrical Benefit Fund, et al., No. 16-3381, 7th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6472). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 9, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

The Best of Times (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)
A young journalist of my acquaintance jokingly complained on Facebook about a technological failure at her office: “Phones and internet are down at work. How were people reporters before there was an internet? How did they tweet gifs?” My response: “Gather around, kiddies, and I’ll tell you a story about reporting in the days before social media, before the internet, before email, even before fax machines!” It was 35 years ago this week that I graduated from Harding University with a B.A. in journalism. Almost exactly half of my subsequent career, 17 years and nine months, have been spent as e...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 8, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news