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> Robotic surgical systems are causing problems, but issues are either reported late to the FDA, inaccurately or not at all, a new study concluded. Story

> Biomet said it has closed its acquisition of Lanx, a venture-backed maker of FDA-cleared spin fusion systems. Item

> Moog ($MOG.A) reported $15.6 million in fourth quarter earnings, down from $41.8 million last year, due to impairment charges on medical devices and restructuring. Story

> Nuance Communication plans to launch new technology for doctors that will turn mobile phones into virtual assistants that understand clinical language. Story

> Silex Medical, a maker of laparoscopic surgical instruments, will be both hurt and helped by the Affordable Care Act. Story

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: Popular yesterday: Feds launch probe of AstraZeneca's controversial late-stage Brilinta study. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: NovaQuest lands $459M fund for goal-line dealmaking--That's $1.2B for today. More | Follow @JohnCFierce

@DamianFierce: GlobeImmune pulls plug on $75M IPO despite still-bubbling market. Article | Follow @DamianFierce

@EmilyMFierce: Scripps Research scientists reach major milestone w/ HIV research, paving wave for new vaccine efforts. FierceBiotech Research story | Follow @EmilyMFierce

> Flailing Ariad swallows poison pill to fend off takeovers. More

> VC OrbiMed hauls in $735M fund in 'vibrant' time for biotech. News

> NovaQuest lands $459M fund for goal-line dealmaking. Story

Pharma News

@FiercePharma: Thursday's top story: Novo Nordisk recruiting 400 U.S. sales reps as growth decelerates. Article | Follow @FiercePharma

@EricPFierce: FDA has new plan to arrest drug shortages. Its ultimate solution is for drugmakers to improve quality. Story | Follow @EricPFierce

@CarlyHFierce: Once again, Bayer's new drugs power pharma sales upward. ICYMI yesterday | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> Mylan looks to 2014 for big growth. Report

> Teva says it may have violated bribery laws around the world. More

> Vertex's Incivek unseats Celebrex as fastest drug launch ever. Story