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US FDA Alerts Healthcare Professionals Not To Share Insulin Pens & Cartridges

The US Food and Drug Administration issued an alert to health care professionals reminding them that single-patient insulin pens and insulin cartridges should not be used to administer medication to multiple patients due to the potential risk of transmitting blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and the hepatitis viruses.

New Study Reconfirms Long-Term Strength Of Biodesign Hernia Graft

A five-year study confirms the long-term strength and durability of the Biodesign Hernia Graft, Cook Medical, a world leader in advanced tissue repair, announced.

The study, the largest published series with the longest follow-up time for a biologic mesh used in hernia repair, demonstrated that the Biodesign Hernia Graft possesses the clinically important strength of non-absorbable mesh, while providing the benefit of decreased infection complications of absorbable mesh.

Boston Scientific Launches iCross Coronary Imaging Catheter

Boston Scientific Corporation has launch of its iCross Coronary Imaging Catheter, a product designed to improve the deliverability of the company's market-leading intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) technology, the iLab Ultrasound Imaging System. IVUS technology enables physicians to see detailed images inside the heart and coronary arteries. The company said the iCross Catheter would be available immediately in the United States.

Australian Medical Devices Cos Keen To Enter Indian Market

The medical devices industry in Australia is set to explore the Indian market on a big scale by entering into distribution arrangements with local companies and also taking up manufacturing at a later stage.

DCGI Office Confuses Exporters Over Issuance Of WHO-GMP Certificate

Utter confusion and lack of coordination seem to prevail in the office of DCGI over the issuance of WHO-GMP certificates for the exporters. While DCGI Dr Surinder Singh categorically stated some days ago that there is no move to withdraw WHO-GMP certification or replacing it with certificate of pharmaceutical products (COPP), his North Zone office issued a circular asking the state drugs controllers of North Zone to withdraw the WHO-GMP Certificate issued by them.

Centre Clears DBT's Proposal To Set Up National Institute Of Biomedical Genomics

The Centre has approved the Department of Biotechnology (DBT)'s proposal to establish a National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) at Kalyani near Kolkata in West Bengal. Conceived under the National Biotechnology Development Strategy, the institute will provide basic research evidence using biomedical genomic approaches for betterment of public health programmes and services. The Institute will be an autonomous body under the administrative control of the DBT.

Medical Technology Industry Should Unite To Leverage Growth Potential: Experts

The Indian medical devices industry which is growing at the rate of around 50 per cent per annum has immense opportunities to leverage in the near future, provided the stakeholders and the government meeting the existing challenges in unison, according to healthcare industry experts.

Pharmexcil To Set Up Panels For Various Export Segments, Plans Outsourcing Expertise

In an effort to further improve the services to ensure service to all the sectors of the Council, the Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Pharmexcil) has decided to set up separate panels of experts for various segments related to pharmaceutical exports.

Separate Norms For Medical Devices Soon

The government has decided to bring separate quality guidelines for medical devices such as stents, catheters, orthopaedic implants and heart valves by end of May. The guidelines would make it mandatory for both domestic as well as global medical device makers such as Siemens, Phillips, General Electric (GE) and LG Electronics to get their products certified by notified bodies like ISO and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) before selling them in the Indian market. It would also classify medical devices based on the risks involved.