AdvaMed seeks to free user fees from sequester; C.R. Bard closes $262M deal to buy Rochester Medical;

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> AdvaMed renewed a call to Congress to support bipartisan legislation that would exempt all FDA user fees from the sequester, which has pulled $2.9 million in user fees from the FDA's device center so far this year. Item

> C.R. Bard ($BCR) has closed its $262 million acquisition of Rochester Medical. Story

> Retractable Technologies ($RVP), a Texas maker of syringe, blood collection and IV catheter devices, said its operating expenses soared 13.7% during the quarter ending Sept. 30, partly due to the 2.3% medical device tax. Item

> Svelte Medical Systems said it enrolled its final patient in a study comparing its drug-eluting coronary stent integrated delivery system to Medtronic's ($MDT) Resolute Integrity product. Item

> A Malawi partnership that developed a low-cost medical device to ease the breathing of newborn babies won the largest funding from the first GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK)/Save the Children $1 million Healthcare innovation Award. Item

> Corgenix has filed for de novo 510(k) clearance for its hyaluronic acid ELISA test kit, which looks for liver fibrosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis patients. Item

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> Zafgen obesity drug scores heavyweight success in PhII trial. More

> Relax, PCSK9ers: FDA won't roadblock blockbusters from Sanofi, Amgen. Story

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> GSK expanding further in India with £85M facility, CEO Witty says. News

> Drugmakers confront new pay-to-delay cases under new rules. Report

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