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New Bill Streamlines Medical Device Process

Courtesy of United States Congress and Wikimedia Commons

Bipartisan bill HR 2474 the Medical Product Review Harmonization Act of 2017 was submitted by California U.S. House of Representatives Mimi Walters and Ami Bera on May 16, 2017. If passed the bill will make certain Class II medical devices quicker and easier to get FDA clearance—including removing the need for redundant, duplicative review processes.

OpWalk Carolinas Heads to Cuba; U.S.TKA Cost Varies Wildly; Capsular Repair Cuts Conversion to Hip Replacement

Bryan Springer, M.D. with Cuban patient, Paula post-knee surgery. / Courtesy of Operation Walk Carolinas

Ortho Carolina helps OpWalk in Cuba! Harvard finds ways to decrease variations in TKA cost. A new study finds that capsular repair decreases rate of conversion to hip replacement compared to unrepaired capsulotomy.

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Walking in Memphis: Revving Up Your R&D

Memphis Tennessee / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Christopher Boyd Jr

From Richards to Smith & Nephew to Sofamor Danek – walking in Memphis has been a particularly successful and lucrative way to launch orthopedic technologies. MB Innovations (MBI), with engineering DNA from those legends of the past, is now offering to be any company’s medical device R&D support staff. It’s an offer few should refuse.

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A Limb to Stand On: Rockin’ Out for Mobility

(L to R): Hasnain and Tanvi / © A.J. Warco - ALTSO

Put together a hedge fund manager, a trip to Indonesia, and the drive to bring mobility to children around the globe…you have an amazing nonprofit known as A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO). Since its inception in 2002 ALTSO has brought orthopedic care and prosthetics to over 15,000 children around the world.