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The Social Media Advantage for Post Market Device Performance Data – Part II

Data Mining / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Marksenizer
Data Mining / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Marksenizer

The current adverse event reporting system clearly has its flaws. Can social media make a difference? This week, in Part II, our guest authors take a deeper dive into the pros and cons of the MAUDE, MedWatch and social media data bases as a source of information. And have specific recommendations.

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More Cases Emerge From FBI’s California “Spinal Cap” Investigation

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Wikimedia Commons
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Wikimedia Commons

More cases are emerging from the FBI’s “Spinal Cap” investigation. Now the allegations are around unapproved spine devices, bribed docs and elected officials, and tragically, a dead baby. It all started with the flawed California workers’ comp law and the ways in which administrators, surgeons and companies tried to game the system.

Surprise! Omega 3 May Trump Fat in OA Patients // Diagnose Scoliosis With Light! // Massive, 40,000 Patient Trauma Study Announced

Salmon, pumpkin seeds and spinach / Sources: OSU Special Collections & Archives: Flickr Commons, Dinkum, Daniel Schwen and Wikimedia Commons.
Salmon, pumpkin seeds and spinach / Sources: OSU Special Collections & Archives: Flickr Commons, Dinkum, Daniel Schwen and Wikimedia Commons.

Duke Researchers find that weight loss correlates directly with OA pain reduction. Is light based surface tomography superior to X-rays for scoliosis diagnosis? And orthopedic research whiz Mo Bhandari announces early results from his massive, 40,000 patient global trauma study. Incredible early data!

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McFarland, Gobezie Debate Treatment for Infected TSA

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“This patient MAY be infected,” says Ed McFarland. “For patients who are even a bit ill, I would do a one-stage revision; those who are young and healthy get a two-stage revision. I don’t think debridement adds much.” Reuben Gobezie counters, “If you’re going to do anything to this patient, I think it would be reasonable to get an arthroscopic debridement at the most before you rip their arm out, Ed.”

V Brothers Do It Again—For $375 Million

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Sources: SBI, V Bros and Stryker
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Sources: SBI, V Bros and Stryker

While the orthopedic world focuses on the big deals of scale, the Viscogliosi Brothers and Stryker Corporation strike a deal focused on clinical innovation. Stryker is buying Small Bone Innovations and the STAR Ankle for $375 million. After lots of roadblocks, the V Brothers do it again. Tony Viscogliosi tells us how it was done.

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