Feds see surge in hip replacement complaints; Medtronic unit launches ECG device;

> The feds have received a surge in complaints recently about failed hip replacements, suggesting there are still problems with some types of artificial hips even as researchers scramble to evaluate the health dangers. News

> Physio-Control, a subsidiary of Medtronic ($MDT) has announced the availability of the ReadyLink 12-lead ECG device designed to improve care for heart attack patients and expand regional STEMI systems. Physio-Control release

> AdvaMed spent about $366,000 in Q2 as it lobbied Congress on the healthcare law and other issues. Story

> Vention Medical has acquired Ireland's Ansamed, a provider of advanced medical tubing solutions. Vention release

> PBS Biotech has acquired Integrity CMI, a Camarillo, CA-based medical device design and manufacturing company. Under terms of the agreement, PBS will integrate the company into ongoing operations. PBS Biotech release

> Unilife ($UNIS) has announced the development and patenting of the Unifill EZMix multiple-chamber ready-to-fill (prefilled) syringes. Unilife release 

And Finally... The National Center for Medical Device Reporting (NCMDR), part of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, has issued 750 recalls of defective medical devices so far this year, the Saudi Gazette reports. However, the recalled products were predominantly manufactured in other countries and sold by locally authorized distributors, according to data of the NCMDR. News

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