MDMA: Medical device tax could force innovators offshore; EU countries to be required to use device databank;

> At a time when the demand is high for innovations that could lower the cost and improve the quality of health care, the medical device industry faces a tightening regulatory environment and looming new tax on manufacturers. Mark Leahey, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Medical Device Manufacturers Association, views the two as large threats that could hinder innovation and potentially force device innovators to move offshore to commercialize their products. Story

> A European Commission decision will oblige all EU countries to use, as of May 2011, a European databank for medical devices (Eudamed). Story

> On the heels of expansions by medical device companies Onyx Medical and NuVasive, Wright Medical Technology is investing $10 million to upgrade its distribution center in Arlington. Report

> As patients are increasingly encouraged to manage their own health and wellness with the use of in-home medical devices, clinical devices are now being redesigned for home use and health-oriented consumer electronics are on the rise. Release

> For heart attack patients, a stent is the medical device that provides the best chance of recovery. But studies comparing the use of stents to medical therapy alone have sparked controversy. Story

> Growth prospects for the medical market have caught the eyes of executives at top compounder PolyOne Corp. Report