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@MarkHFierce: The U.K. is banning the use of all-metal hips at NHS Hospitals. More | Follow @MarkHFierce

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> Samsung has begun the U.S. rollout of its first digital radiology system, which won 510(k) clearance earlier this year. Item

> The FDA granted FzioMed's petition for an independent review of its premarket application for a gel used during lumbar spine surgery, a product that remains unapproved in the U.S. after 12 years of trying. Item

> Coloplast, a Danish medical device company, reported substantial growth in profit during its fiscal 2013 fourth quarter and year. Story

> A Minneapolis suburb has approved $2 million in subsidies to lure Olympus Surgical Technologies America from a competing suburb and help it expand. Story (sub. req.)

> Advanced Medical Isotope in Washington said it has applied for 510(k) clearance for a new brachytherapy cancer product. Item

> A new article explains why few medical devices are made with young children in mind. Story

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: Roche heralds its return to the antibiotics field with $560M Polyphor deal. More | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: ICYMI over the weekend: Merck's next-gen HPV vaccine looks good in PhIII, but sales may disappoint. Story | Follow @JohnCFierce

@DamianFierce: Oral testosterone developer Lipocine swings for $11.5M in S-1. More | Follow @DamianFierce

@EmilyMFierce: ICYMI: Key HIV protein structure revealed, paving way for new HIV/AIDS vaccine efforts. Story | Follow @EmilyMFierce

> Therapeutic vaccine upstart Hookipa snags $27M round to fund PhI move. News

> Merck's 'breakthrough' hep C combo plays catch-up with promising PhII results. More

> Bristol-Myers scores first marketing application for all-oral hep C combo. Story

Pharma News

@FiercePharma: HHS gives pharma the all-clear on co-pay assistance for Obamacare patients. Article | Follow @FiercePharma

@EricPFierce: Merck layoffs roll through to West Point, Pa plant with 500 jobs slated to go over X-mas holidays. News | Follow @EricPFierce

@CarlyHFierce: ICYMI: FDA helps generic drugmakers get copies of Glaxo's Advair to market. More | Follow @CarlyHFierce

> Reuters: GlaxoSmithKline likely to escape China charges, but execs probably won't. Story

> Ex-Lilly contract sales rep sues, claiming unpaid bonuses. News

CRO News

> Venn grabs German CRO, expands Euro footprint. Item

> Charles River bucks trend with spike in preclinical sales. Story

> Covance ups expectations thanks to booming lab biz. News

> Quintiles hikes income outlook as contracts pour in. More

> InVentiv grabs Catalina Health with eye on patient adherence. Report

> Parexel's stock plunges despite spikes in revenue, profit. Article

Biotech IT News

> NuMedii taps Thomson Reuters for data to power digital discovery model. More

> GoBalto rolls out version 2.0 of Tracker software. Item

> Rhenovia creates simulation of epilepsy biology. Story

> Rare disease dictionary gives bioinformatics databases a shared language. Article

> FDA working on drug shortages smartphone app. News

> Illumina to buy bioinformatics business NextBio. Report