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Respironics to settle U.S. kickback charges for $34.8 million | Reuters

Respironics Inc has agreed to pay $34.8 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice claims that it provided kickbacks in the form of free call center services to suppliers, to induce them to buy its masks for patients suffering from sleep apnea.

Wednesday's settlement with the unit of Royal Philips NV resolves whistleblower claims originally brought by Dr. Gibran Ameer, a South Carolina pharmacist who worked for medical equipment suppliers that bought the masks.

Sleep apnea causes people to have breathing pauses that last at least a few seconds while they try to sleep.

More than 18 million Americans have the condition, according to the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type, occurs when an airway collapses or becomes blocked.

The Justice Department said Respironics violated the federal False Claims Act by providing medical equipment suppliers with the call center services through its "Fit for Life" program, so long as their patients used its masks. It said the scheme ran from April 2012 to November 2015.

"Americans deserve to know that when they are prescribed a device to treat a serious health care problem, the supplier's judgment has not been compromised by illegal payments from equipment manufacturers," Benjamin Mizer, head of the Justice Department's civil division, said in a statement.

A spokesman for Amsterdam-based Philips said the accord offers "heightened clarity and transparency" for regulators and customers.

He also said Respironics "continues to have a good-faith belief that the Fit for Life program offered a permissible bundled discount of Respironics' masks and resupply services under the appropriate discount safe harbors."

Respironics has offices in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

The Justice Department said $34.14 million of the settlement will go to the federal government, and the remainder to various state governments. Ameer will receive $5.38 million from the federal government's share, it said.

The False Claims Act lets whistleblowers bring claims on behalf of the federal government and share in recoveries.

The case is U.S. ex rel Ameer v Respironics Inc, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, No. 14-02077.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

2 days ago

10 Major Breakthroughs in Medical Equipment of the Last 100 Years

There have been more medical breakthroughs in the last 100 years than in many previous centuries combined. The 20th century saw the incredibly rapid, exponential growth in the fields of science and technology. Medical equipment benefited it greatly from the advent of computer technology especially. Here are 10 of the most crucial breakthroughs in medical equipment that changed the world of healthcare in these last 100 years.

1. The Portable Defibrillator

Today, you can see the portable defibrillator everywhere. The first portable defibrillator was made by Frank Pantridge, in 1960. It is still the best device for resuscitating those who've gone into cardiac arrest.

2. The First Artificial Heart

Robert Jarvik finished work on the first artificial heart in 1982. The device was meant as a temporary replacement for patients waiting for transplant surgery.

3. The Laser Scalpel

The first laser was created in 1960. The technology developed rapidly and in 1964, the carbon dioxide laser made possible the invention of the laser scalpel. The laser scalpel revolutionized medical surgery, especially in the field of ophthalmology, as it allowed doctors to make delicate, precise cuts without using blades.

4. Balloon Catheter

The first balloon catheter was invented by Thomas Fogarty in 1963. It became the popular standard model, allowing for continuous draining of the bladder.

5. The Pacemaker

The first pacemaker was made in 1950, by John Hopps, an electrical engineer. But it wasn't until the late 1950s that an implantable design was created by New York researcher Wilson Greatbatch.

6. Ultrasound Machine

In 1962, William Wright, Ralph Meyerdirk and Joseph Holmes made the first B-mode scanner, a precursor to their first commercial portable ultrasound scanner released in 1963.

7. The AbioCor Heart

The AbioCor heart, invented by AbioMed, made headlines in 2001 as the most revolutionary advancement in artificial heart technology since the Jarvik heart. The AbioCor uses medical miniaturization technology and runs on an internal battery and is meant not as a temporary replacement between transplants, but as a long-term heart substitute.

8. Portable EKGs

The portable electrocardiogram was invented in 1961 by Frank Sanborn. EKGs monitor the heart muscles electrical signals.

9. Fetal Monitor

Though conceived in 1960, the first commercially viable fetal monitor by Professor K. Hammacher and Hewlett-Packard was not Medical Equipment Suppliers completed until 1968. It allowed doctors to detect fetal distress during labor.

10. CT Scanner

The first commercially usable CT scanner was invented in 1971 by UK scientist Godfrey Hounsfield. CT scanners are today the highest standard for medical imaging, allowing doctors to ascertain the nature of symptoms by looking inside the human body.

Looking for the best refurbished medical equipment could be hard to come by these days, but because of the breakthroughs over the years it has become easier to look for the right one.

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Medical Equipment Suppliers

Good medical equipment is indispensable for any medical research laboratory. Medical equipment suppliers maintain an inventory of a wide range of standard laboratory products for sale. These include equipment for use in the analysis of blood gas and electrolytes, chemistry, immunology, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, urinalysis as well as a complete offering of ancillary laboratory equipment, reagents, and controls.

Offering Reliable Solutions for the Medical Industry

Medical equipment suppliers offer their customers a competitive advantage. Lab equipment dealers have a significant role in improving brand awareness among customers. They have an inventory of products from the industry's most respected manufacturers and are therefore well-equipped to meet the needs of laboratory professionals working in different settings.

Established suppliers of medical equipment offer post-sales services for the products Medical Equipment Suppliers they supply. Their efficient repair and refurbish packages ensure that the products they supply function properly. Besides, they also supply consumables and spares for most products. Other benefits include:

o Customized production

o Logistics assistance

o Special export packaging

o Extended warranty

o Service contracts and warranty

o Competitive pricing

o On time delivery

o Material service visits

o In-house service

Easy and Cost-Effective Product Selection

The online presence of medical equipment suppliers has made shopping simpler and easier. Their database provides a wealth of information about their products and services, and simplifies the selection process. They also offer facilities for placing online orders.

There are several online portals with a wide listing of medical equipment suppliers. To get the right products for your settings, you will need to understand the nature and type of device you need and then select the online supplier that can meet your needs.

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Sourcing the Best Anesthesia Tools Online

Many medical facilities routinely purchase anesthesia tools online for the convenience the process offers. There is a downside to this as online purchases can expose buyers to potential fraud or substandard products. The staggering variety of medical surgical supplies on the market makes the process is even more challenging.

Anyone who makes purchases on behalf of a hospital or other healthcare facility pays a lot of attention to prices and technical specifications. This type of information while varying greatly is important in all purchasing decisions. These factors ensure that only quality equipment is purchased and that the facilities get value for money.

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Tips for Medical Volunteer Opportunities

Work the World is an organization that provides international medical internships and volunteer positions overseas. The focus of this organization is to provide safe, high quality placements and top quality accommodations for students in their communities of choice. As part of the program, Work the World partners with carefully selected hospitals and clinics to provide the best possible experience to all of their student volunteers. They also offer many extra activities to keep participants busy during the times they are not working.

Students who intern with Work the World live together in privately rented apartment complexes in a variety of locations in Asia, Africa and South Americ

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2 weeks ago

Research and Markets: The Top 50 European Manufacturers of Dental Implants

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (

has announced the addition of the "The

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Top 50 European Manufacturers of Dental Implants

Tooth replacement is one of the most attractive markets in healthcare

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Despite the recessive global economy witnessed in 2008 and 2009, the

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current use of advanced dental solutions, illustrated by