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Allergan Spends More to Market Established Brands

Advertising Budget 13% Higher Than 2013’s

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. may be on the hunt for new products, both internally and externally, but it’s still working its core brands by investing in advertising campaigns, according to Chief Executive David Pyott.

Edwards’ Next-Generation Valve Gets European Nod

Sapien 3 Sports Cuff to Stop Leaks, Cut Problems

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. is adding another product to its less-invasive replacement heart valve lineup.

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Quality Systems Tries to Improve Hospital Line

It’s Struggled Despite Its Promise Due to Reform

Irvine-based healthcare software maker Quality Systems Inc. has a plan to boost its struggling hospital business, its chief executive said late last month.

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Edwards Lifesciences Corp.’s Up-and-Down Week

Snags Patent Win, Gets Early Valve Competition

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. demonstrated the adage of “what goes up must come down” this month.

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Direct Flow Gets European Approval, Plans U.S. Trial

Expands the Treatable Population for Valve

Direct Flow Medical Inc., a Santa Rosa-based heart valve startup that manufactures its devices in Lake Forest, has had a busy January.

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Botox Now Pricier, Could Get More Competition

Revance Therapeutics Files Papers for IPO

The New Year is starting out on a busy foot for botulinum toxin medications, including Botox, the flagship product of Irvine-based Allergan Inc.

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OC Employers Expected to Pay More for Insurance

7% Increase Slightly More Than Last Year’s

Businesses in Orange County are expected to pay 7% more to provide health insurance for their workers this year, or some $429 more per employee on average.

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Masimo Looks Poised to Continue Growth in 2014

Writer Credits Technology For Expected 2014 Jump

Irvine-based Masimo Corp. has been a steady Wall Street performer this year, and the growth should continue into 2014, according to an industry observer.

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Allergan Closes Book on Its Weight-Loss Business

Completes Sale to Texas Company for $75 Million

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. is officially out of the weight-loss ranks.

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Sabra Makes Good on Trimming Exposure to Genesis

Says Post-Independence Shift Helps Shareholders

Irvine-based Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. continues to make progress on one of its stated goals since becoming an independent company three years ago: spreading its portfolio across a range of operators.

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Nonprofit Probes Hospitals’ Community Spending

Says Spending for Tax Breaks Not Appropriate

The question of whether hospitals in Orange County and other parts of California are providing “appropriate” amounts of community benefit spending surfaced again last month.

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Laser Licensing Pushes Alphaeon’s Middleman Method

Gets Amaris Device Rights From German Maker

Alphaeon Corp., a Newport Beach-based “lifestyle healthcare” company, acquired the U.S. licensing rights to the Amaris excimer laser device this month from Germany-based Schwind eye-tech-solutions GMBH.

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Quality Systems Sings Praises of Mirth Acquisition

Says It Opens Up Product Pipeline, Expansion Paths

Executives of Irvine-based Quality Systems Inc. are bubbling over about their company’s newest deal.

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Allergan Makes Case Against Untested Generics

Cites Groups in Opposition to FDA Proposal

A Food and Drug Administration regulatory process that could lead to potential generic competition to Irvine-based Allergan Inc.’s Restasis dry-eye drug, among others, was recently discussed at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association’s Fall Technical Conference and highlighted by Boston-based investment bank Leerink Swann LLC.

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ICU Medical Answers Leadership-Change Questions

Founder George Lopez Is Moving to R&D Role

San Clemente-based ICU Medical Inc. is entering a new phase in its history, one in which Dr. George Lopez, its founder, is no longer running the show on a daily basis.

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MemorialCare Collaborates With UCI Health Again

Pair Now to Offer Stroke Care Program In OC, LA

Individual hospitals owned by Fountain Valley-based nonprofit MemorialCare Health System are finding other ways to team up with UC Irvine Health.

Online Industry Observer Gives Questcor Thumbs Up

Blogger, Shareholder Sees Robust Company Growth

Anaheim-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. has taken its share of blows on investor websites

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Allergan Developing More Takes on Dry-Eye Drugs

Company Plans Twist on Restasis, Fights Generic

Irvine drug maker Allergan Inc. isn’t sitting on its hands when it comes to the dry-eye market, according to a company official, in the Healthcare Column

Population Health Drives St. Joseph Health Investment

Buys Into Patient Data Software Developer

Irvine-based St. Joseph Health is adding healthcare software investor to its many roles, in the Healthcare Column

Alphaeon Corp. Goes to Switzerland for First Product

Gets Licensing Rights for Lower-Face Skin Fillers

Newport Beach-based Alphaeon Corp. has reached overseas for its introductory product, in the Healthcare Column

Boston Scientific Talks OC-Developed Defibrillator

Intro of Device Acquired Through Buy Resumes

Boston Scientific Corp. is getting ready to continue the introduction of a heart device it got through its buy of San Clemente-based Cameron Health Inc. last year, in Healthcare.

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New Slate Eases Quality Systems Board Tensions

Agrees With Investor on Several Candidates

Irvine-based Quality Systems Inc. blunted what could have been yet another proxy fight this month, in the Healthcare Column

Supreme Court Ruling Sets Off Genetic-Testing Fight

Companies Say Ambry’s Tests Still Infringe Patents

Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics Inc. this month sued Ambry Genetics Corp., an Aliso Viejo-based testing provider, on allegations of patent infringement, in the Healthcare column

Device Makers Get Chance to Make Pitches for Cash

Startup Booster Hosting Annual Forum in Irvine

Medical device startups will make their way to Irvine this fall in a bid to get money, in the Healthcare Column

Edwards, Avanir Win Overseas Product Approvals

They Plan Marketing Sales For Key Device, Drug

Two Orange County healthcare companies are basking in overseas approvals of their key products, in the Healthcare coulmn.

Gene Ruling Brings Changes to Some OC Testing Labs

Some Plan Gene Testing, Agendia BV Unaffected

Industry buzz surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last month that ended patents on human genes isn’t rocking the world of one laboratory testing company with an Orange County presence, in the Healthcare Column

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Brokerage Says Wait and See on Quality Shares

Resumes Coverage With Eye on NextGen Segment

Irvine-based Quality Systems Inc. received a cautious assessment from a Birmingham, Ala.-based investment bank that resumed coverage of the healthcare software maker this month, in the Healthcare column.

Biolase Adds President to Complement Pignatelli

CEO Says He Remains Committed to Company

Irvine-based dental laser maker Biolase Inc. followed up last week’s dismissal of rumors that Chief Executive Federico Pignatelli would leave, in the Healthcare column

Masimo-Nellcor Rivalry Revived With Guarantee

Masimo Renews $1M Offer for Oximeter Users

Masimo’s longtime rivalry with another device maker heats up again, in Healthcare

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Quality Systems Dissident Exits Board After 14 Years

Could Return Later Based on Holdings, Voting Rules

Quality Systems dissident exits board after 14 years, in Healthcare

Masimo’s May: FDA OK, Turkey Deal, Journal Kudos

Studies in South Korea, Texas Validate Monitors

Masimo Corp. received Food and Drug Administration approval for one of its products, signed a big overseas contract, and got its technology validated in a pair of professional, in Healthcare

Quality Lays Out New Approach, $1 Billion Goal

Aims to Grow Sales, Doing More Revenue Management

Irvine-based Quality Systems Inc. showed off several aspects of its business this month at an analyst meeting, in Healthcare.

FDA Committee Recommends Allergan Face Filler

Says Nonbinding Nod Figures in Final Decision

Allergan Inc. is a step closer to expanding its lower-face filler lineup, in Healthcare

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Cameron Defibrillator Tabbed for 6.4% Medicare Hike

Device Went to Boston Scientific in 2012 Sale

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators—including one developed in Orange County—could be in line for higher Medicare payments, in Healthcare

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Bausch & Lomb Pegs Planned IPO to Market Growth

Cites More Seniors, Middle Class, Own R&D

Bausch & Lomb cites growth as one of the reasons it’s planning an IPO, in Healthcare

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UC Irvine Pair Set for Stem Cell Work on Alzheimer’s

Bay Area Company Aims for Investigational Drug

UC Irvine pair set for stem cell work on Alzheimer’s, in Healthcare

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Delaware Court Sides With Allergan on Directors’ Suit

Rules That Precedent of Prior Calif. Case Holds

Delaware court sides with Allergan on directors’ suit, in Healthcare

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Endologix Review: Growth Prospect, Takeover Target

Stent Maker Reaches $1B Mark on Market Value

Endologix review: growth prospect, takeover target, in Healthcare

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Dendreon Says Provenge Now OK on Reimbursements

Marketing Campaign Planned for Prostate Cancer Drug

Dendreon says Provenge now OK on reimbursements, in Healthcare

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Alliance Ahead of Initial Projections for Cost Cutting

“Strategic Pruning” of Customer Base Key Factor

Newport Beach-based Alliance HealthCare Services Inc. has surpassed its cost-cutting goal, in Healthcare

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Allergan’s New Consultant Takes Industry by Surprise

“Shock” as Former Rival Hires on as Consultant

Allergan’s new consultant takes industry by surprise, in Healthcare

Bill Seeks 5% Requirement on Charity Care Spending

Minimum Would Apply to Private Nonprofit Hospitals

Bill seeks 5% requirement on charity care spending, in Healthcare

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Allergan’s ‘Anatomically Shaped’ Implants Get OK

Conditions for U.S. Sales Include Multiple Studies

Allergan Inc.’s “anatomically shaped” implants get OK, in Healthcare

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Masimo Sets Priorities, Sales Benchmark on Pronto-7

To Form Sales Team for Blood Management

Masimo Corp. sets priorities, sales benchmark on Pronto-7, in Healthcare

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Geography Over Ideology in Bid to Repeal Device Tax

OC’s Campbell on Board With Minnesota’s Franken

Geography over ideology in bid to repeal device tax, in Healthcare

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ICU Medical to Cut U.S. Sales of ‘Outdated’ Device

To Skip FDA Study, Shift Sales to 2 Other Products

ICU Medical to cut U.S. sales of “outdated” device, in Healthcare

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Potential for Cross Sales Keep Outlook Steady on Quality

Software Maker Also Boosts Recurring Services Revenue

Irvine-based Quality Systems misses earnings expectations—but the market didn’t seem to mind, in Healthcare

Danaher Boss Puts Conglomerate’s Focus on Beckman

Culp Says Brea Company Part of High-Tech Emphasis

The top executive of Danaher Corp.—which owns Brea-based medical laboratory instrument maker Beckman Coulter Inc. and Orange-based dental device maker Sybron Dental Specialties Inc.—said the two units are contributing to a corporate strategy shift.

Allergan Migraine Partner Eyes April for FDA Approval

Will Share Profits on Sales of Inhaled Product

Allergan Inc. migraine partner eyes April for FDA approval, in Healthcare

Questcor Steps Toward Vertical Integration With Buy

Gets Longtime Contract Manufacturer, Secures IP

Questcor steps toward vertical integration with buy, in Healthcare

Health Net Ends Contracts With 3 Tenet Hospitals Here

Operator “Puzzled” Over Insurer’s Year-End Move

Health Net ends contracts with three Tenet hospitals here, in Healthcare

Avanir’s Year-End Highlight: Four Trials in Pipeline

Michael J. Fox Foundation Funds Study on Parkinson’s

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. highlights four clinical trials in pipeline at recent year-end conference, in Healthcare

IRS Issues Device Tax Details; Repeal Push Continues

Area Companies, Others Warn of Jobs Impact

Internal Revenue Service issues final ruling on tax of medical device makers’ revenue, in Healthcare

Edwards’ Perimount Heart Valve Gets China Approval

Device Was Introduced for Clinical Use in 1984

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. has received approval from China’s State Food and Drug Administration covering use of its Carpentier-Edwards Perimount mitral heart valve, in the Healthcare Column

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ICU Medical Set to Release Needle-Free Drug Device

Says Product Could Help Prevent Contamination

ICU Medical set to release needle-free drug device, in Healthcare

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Device Makers Hope Pen Proves Mightier Than Tax

Urge Senators in Letter to Repeal Looming Levy

Several medical device makers are urging Senate leaders to repeal a looming new federal tax, in Healthcare

Report: Innovative Devices Might Slip Price Squeeze

OC-Spawned Defibrillator, Heart Valve Singled Out

Report: innovative devices might escape price squeeze, in Healthcare

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Allergan Says Hair-Loss Drug Analysis Coming in Q1

Allergan says hair-loss drug analysis coming in Q1, in Healthcare

Questcor Switches to Quarterly Prescription Updates

Move Follows Stock Hits, Scrutiny by Short Sellers

Questcor switches to quarterly prescription updates, in Healthcare

Ex-College Hospital Chief Seeks Health Board Seat

Lingenfelter Vies for Post in SD County District

Ex-College Hospital chief seeks health board seat, in Healthcare

Ex-Roller Skate Pro Talks of Speedy Sapien Recovery

Has Heart Valve Inserted, Then Has Her Hair Done

Ex-roller skate pro talks of speedy Sapien recovery, in Healthcare

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Avanir Drug Candidate Advances to 2nd-Phase Trial

Test for Use on Agitated Alzheimer’s Patients

Avanir drug candidate advances to second-phase trial, in Healthcare

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Danaher’s Iris Buy for Beckman Keys on Profitability

Acquirers Shift From More Speculative Buys in Past

Danaher’s Iris buy for Beckman keys on profitability, in Healthcare

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Irvine Investor Pays $16M for Memory-Care Facility

Sabra Plans to Make More Buys as Portfolio Expands

Sabra Health Care REIT pays $16M for memory-care building in Colorado, in Healthcare

Allergan Rival to Pose Greater Threat Under Valeant?

Analysts Suggest Medicis Could Gain Market Muscle

Allergan Inc. rival to pose greater threat under Valeant?, in Healthcare

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Aeolus Likes FDA Feedback on Radiation Compound

Says Agency Agrees on Animal Efficacy Models

Aeolus Pharmaceuticals has met with FDA, feels good about the outlook for its AEOL 10150, in Healthcare

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Medtronic’s CoreValve Set for Two Key Trial Studies

To Test Heart Valve on Surgical Risk Groups

Medtronic’s CoreValve set for two key trial studies, in Healthcare

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Octane, Hoag Gear Up for Pair of Healthcare Forums

Device-Tax Foe to Speak; Lansky, Afable on Panel

October healthcare forum to feature big player in effort to repeal medical device maker tax, in Healthcare

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‘Moral Imperatives’ Help Spur St. Joseph-Hoag Combo

Regional Network Will Aim to Serve Needy

‘Moral imperatives’ help spur St. Joseph-Hoag combo, in Healthcare

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Feds Boost Scrutiny of Need for Medical Procedures

Traces to Concern About Medicare Costs, Fraud

Analysts to investors: Expect intensified federal scrutiny of billing practices, justification for pricey treatments, in Healthcare

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Danaher: Progress in Beckman Integration, Turnaround

Says Brea Lab-Instruments Maker Helped Fuel Gains

Danaher: progress in Beckman integration, turnaround, in Healthcare

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Herbert Institute Toasts First-Phase Construction

$8 Million Still Needed to Complete Project

Herbert Institute toasts first-phase construction, in Healthcare

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Allergan, Medicis Among Potential Obagi Bidders

Irvine Drug Maker Has Better Cash Position

Allergan, Medicis among potential Obagi bidders, in Healthcare

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Report: Bausch Bought Ista to Improve IPO Prospects

Maker of Eye-Care Products Closed on Deal in June

Bausch reportedly will wait until after fully integrating Ista before again considering an IPO, in Healthcare.

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FDA Gives Go-Ahead for Trial of Edwards’ Intuity

Heart Valve Replacement Allows Faster Procedures

Heart valve maker Edwards Lifesciences Corp. will start another domestic clinical trial in the months ahead, in Healthcare

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Allergan’s Partner on Migraine Drug Set to Try Again

MAP Expects to Send New Data to FDA Within Months

Allergan’s partner on migraine drug plans to try again for FDA approval, in Healthcare

Surgeons Form Medical Group Amid Ongoing Change

Specialists to Consolidate at Hoag Memorial

Local surgeons with independent private practices in OC will form Newport Irvine Surgical Specialists, in Healthcare

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Masimo Adds Distributor of Hemoglobin Monitors

Analyst Says Schein Deal Could Lead to Others

Masimo Corp. adds distributor of hemoglobin monitors, in Healthcare

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Allergan Cited as Potential Bidder in Skin-Care Deal

Speculation Follows Vote Against Poison Pill Plan

Allergan Inc. may be mulling an offer for Obagi Medical Products Inc. in Long Beach, in Healthcare

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Nursing Homes Eye Buys to Offset Cuts in Medicare

Deals Help Cos. Offset Lower Reimbursements

Nursing homes eye buys to offset cuts in Medicare, in Healthcare

Insurers May Need to Boost Benefits for Exchanges

Health Plan Groups Debut in ’14 to Cover Individuals

Insurers might need to boost benefits for exchanges, in Healthcare

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Danaher Chief Cites Progress With Beckman Coulter

Equipment Maker Helps Parent Mark Income Gains

Beckman Coulter Inc. continues to pay off for parent Danaher Corp., in Healthcare

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Mussallem Talks Up Edwards, Cites Unmet Needs’

Shareholders Move Board Members to Annual Terms

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. has been busy during the past six months, in Healthcare

Skilled Healthcare Reaffirms Guidance After Mixed Q1

Interest Rate Could Help; Medicare Boosts Possible

Skilled Healthcare Group reaffirms guidance after mixed Q1, in Healthcare

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Botox Study: Help on Migraines in Chronic Cases

Sees Little Benefit for Less-Frequent Episodes

Botox study: help on migraines mostly in chronic cases, in Healthcare

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Essential Pulls Its Patent Complaint Against Masimo

Device Maker Also Gets Clearances

Essential pulls its patent complaint against Masimo, in Healthcare

Masimo Buys Semiconductor Maker, Inks Hospital Pact

Touts Benefits of $8.5M Purchase of Mass. Outfit

Masimo buys semiconductor maker, inks hospital pact, in Healthcare

Edwards, Medtronic Co-Present Heart Valve Studies

Professional Presentation Spotlights Positive Data

Edwards, Medtronic co-present heart valve studies, in Healthcare

R&D Pipeline Prompted Bausch & Lomb’s Ista Buy

Eye-Products Giant Knew Ista, Makes Its Products

Bausch & Lomb’s pending $500M acquisition of Ista Pharmaceuticals appears motivated by products in pipeline, in Healthcare

Apria Taps Former CorVel Chief to Run Business Unit

Greenleaf to Chief of Coram Subsidiary in Restructuring

Apria taps former CorVel chief to run business unit, in Healthcare

Study Finds OC Stroke Network Brings Big Benefits

Co-Author Says More Here Getting Vital Drug Quickly

Study points to benefits of network for stroke victims, in Healthcare

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Edwards Asks for Tweaks in Coverage Proposals

Heart-Valve Maker Awaits Important Medicare Ruling

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. asks for tweaks in coverage proposals, in Healthcare

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Generic Drug Makers Seek to Solve Retail Shortages

FDA Commissioner Cites Woes, Industry Wants Talk

Generic drug makers ask FDA for help in solving facility, production-line problems causing drug shortages, in Healthcare

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Medtronic Expects $125M Hit from Healthcare Reform Tax

Analysts Question Prospect of Near-Term Growth

Medtronic says federal tax hit from looming healthcare reforms will be $125M to $175M annually starting in 2013, in Healthcare

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Danaher Gets Benefits From Beckman Acquisition, Cost Cuts

Revenue Surges While New Owner Lops Costs

Danaher Corp. gets boost from its acquisition of Beckman Coulter Inc., in Healthcare

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UCI Prof: Healthcare Coverage Cuts Costs Over Time

Project Tracks Hospital Use by Newly Insured

UC Irvine professor: Healthcare coverage cuts costs over time, in Healthcare

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GAO Knocks “Pricing Secrecy,” Variances on Devices

Transparency Could Cut Discounts, AdvaMed Warns

GAO knocks “pricing secrecy,” variances on devices, in Healthcare

ICU Medical Touted as Attractive Buyout Candidate

Motley Fool Pundit Floats Hospira as Good-Fit Buyer

Some industry watchers see ICU Medical Inc. in San Clemente as an appealing takeover candidate, in Healthcare

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Morningstar Sees Slower Going for Device Makers

European, Regulatory Woes Mean Uncertain Outlook

Report says medical device sector could hit snag this year amid several headwinds, in Healthcare

Company Run by Ex-PacifiCare Executives Acquired

Scott, Vaccaro Run APS, Snapped Up for $227.5M

Company run by ex-PacifiCare executives acquired, in Healthcare

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Insurers Post Profit Gains Since Healthcare Legislation

Lobbyist Cites Concern Over Reforms to Come

Insurers post profit gains since healthcare legislation, in Healthcare

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Medicare Taps Monarch for Accountable Care Group

30 Providers in 18 States Eye Savings-Based Bonuses

Irvine-based Monarch and HealthCare Partners Medical Group participate in federal healthcare project aimed at reining in medical costs, in Healthcare

Website Touts Migraine Drug Co-Marketed by Allergan

Rates Levadex’s Market Potential as “Blockbuster”

Seeking Alpha article deems Levadex “a very important new drug with blockbuster commercial potential,” in Healthcare

CorVel Chief Touts Growth Spurt, Says More to Come

Sales Climb for Workers’ Compensation Software

CorVel is expanding its services and opening itself up to new markets to position itself for future growth, in Healthcare

New Investor Gets 8 Medical Buildings for $112 M

Various U.S. Locations Come to 451,000 SF

Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II Inc. signs separate deals to buy eight medical office buildings for $112 million, in Healthcare

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Tenet, Hospital Chains Give Wall Street Good Vibes

Publicly Traded Chain Includes 3 OC Hospitals

Publicly traded hospital chains draws positive reviews from Wall Street, in Healthcare

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Par Finishes Anchen Buy in Advance of Generic Wave

8 of Top 20 Sellers to Lose Patent Protection Next Year

Par Pharmaceutical Cos. closes $410 million deal for Irvine-based generic drug maker Anchen Pharmaceuticals Inc., in Healthcare

Senators Quiz HMOs, Labs on Referrals-for-Discounts

Medicaid Regulations Ban ‘Pull-Through’ Practices

Senators quiz HMOs, Labs on referrals-for-discounts, in Healthcare

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Expenses on Dendreon Job Cuts Hit Margin Hard

Shares Dive; Competitors Seen; Analysts Pile On

Tough times continue for biotech company Dendreon Corp., in Healthcare

No Sign of Worry Lines on European Sales of Botox

Implants, Facial Filler Also Strong Over There

Use Allergan Inc.’s Botox grows in Europe despite continent’s sovereign debt crisis, austerity measures, in Healthcare

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ICU Medical’s Unconventional Approach Looks Good

Spends Less on R&D Than Most; Beats Street for Q3

ICU Medical Inc.'s unconventional approach looks good, in Healthcare

Sabra Health Care Says Latest Buys Trump Medicare Cuts

Adds Two Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facility

Sabra Health Care REIT continues to make deals as it approaches first anniversary, in Healthcare

Home Healthcare Faces Cuts, Accusations on Medicare

Industry Rocked as Senate Report Alleges “Gaming”

Home healthcare sector faces cuts, accusations on Medicare, in Healthcare

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Fallout Continues on Medicare Cuts for Nursing Homes

Trim on Reimbursements Dims View for Sun, Skilled

Fallout continues on Medicare cuts for nursing homes, in Healthcare

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Familiar Local Ring to Alcon’s Int’l Patent Dispute

Branded Drug Maker’s Foe Also Fights With Allergan

Alcon sues Canadian drug maker Apotex in patent tangle over allergy med, in Healthcare

Ingram’s Healthcare Network Follows Organic Lead

Customers Started Among Selves; Tight Network Seen

Ingram establishes network for healthcare IT, in Healthcare

Dendreon Job Cuts Part of Cautious View on Cash Flow

Makes Push to Improve Provenge Reimbursements

Dendreon aims for break-even point on cash flow, in Healthcare

Little Notice, Some Growth for Executive Healthcare

New, Established Providers in Trend; $1,500 Physicals

Little notice, some growth for executive healthcare, in Healthcare

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Masimo Gets European OK on Monitor, Analyst’s Nod

Came in SedLine Buy; Street Likes Long View

Masimo gets European OK on monitor, in Healthcare

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Octane, Hoag Foundation Set for Healthcare Forums

FDA Changes, Effects of Healthcare Reform on Tap

Hundreds expected to attend medical device, investor forum, in Healthcare

Study Says Doctors’ Groups Key to HMO Gains Here

St. Joseph, MemorialCare, Hoag Have Half the Market

Study: Doctors groups key to HMOs’ continued popularity in OC, in Healthcare

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$23M to Back Laguna Hills Device Maker’s Catheter

Vessix Gets Second Round; $17.6M for Ellipse in Third

Medical device makers nab nearly $41M in investments, in Healthcare

St. Joseph, Blue Shield to Form ‘Accountable Care’ Team

Initiative Grows From Last Year’s Health Reform Plan

St. Joseph, Blue Shield to form “accountable care organization,” in Healthcare

Analysts Cheer Valeant-Allergan Race for Skin Care

Both in Deals to Increase Share of $20B Market

Valeant looks to grow business alongside its neurology drugs, in Healthcare

Edwards’ Other OK: Critical-Care Device Clear Here

Segment Accounts for 31% of Revenue, Seeing Growth

The FDA cleared another Edwards device for sale, in Healthcare

Masimo Upgraded on Improvements Near and Far

Demand in China, Brazil Help; Nod for Baxter, too

Masimo is set to outperform the stock market, in Healthcare

Local Roots Support Growth of UnitedHealth Unit

Former PacifiCare Unit Eyes $19 Billion in Sales

The prescription drug arm of UnitedHealth is looking to grow, in Healthcare

Westcliff Legacy Seen as Feather in LabCorp’s Cap

Buy Helps Test Firm “Do a Little Better” Than Rival

A recent buy is boosting LabCorp’s outlook, in Healthcare

Questcor Eyes More Conditions for Core Drug Acthar

Approved for Two Types of Rare Cases Beyond MS

Questcor is eyeing more uses for its core drug, in Healthcare

Skilled Turns Over Operation of Five Nursing Homes

Facilities Were Focus of ’10 Lawsuit Trial, Verdict

Skilled Healthcare turned over operations of five nursing homes, in Healthcare

Hospitals Here, Beyond Weathered Downturn’s Fallout

Cuts Offset Fewer Insured, Drop in Elective Surgeries

A report shows local hospitals fared well in the downturn, in Healthcare

Growth Hurdle for Medtronic Boss; CoreValve Key?

Big Device Maker Sluggish; Irvine Valve 2-3 Years Out

The new CEO of Medtronic has a challenge on his hands, in Healthcare

Allergan: Gains on Botox for Migraines Ease ER Load

Drug Pitched as Cost Saver for Managed Care Insurers

Allergan says two thirds of insurance plans will cover Botox, in Healthcare

Timing Is Question for Healthcare Real Estate Shares

Uncertainty on Medicare; Is Trend Ripe or Hype?

Healthcare real estate investors are waiting on Medicare decisions, in Healthcare

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Less Healthcare Use Spurs UnitedHealth, Other Insurers

Patients Seen Upping Use in Second Half of Year

Unexpectedly light healthcare use by patients paid off for managed care companies in the first quarter, in Healthcare

Questcor’s Optimism Confirmed on Sales of MS Drug

Core Use Makes Headway With Doctors, More Seen

Questcor came through on optimistic projections, in Healthcare

Avanir Seeks Approvals to Use Core Drug for MS Pain

Trial Expected This Year; Dementia Request Ahead

Avanir is looking at new uses for its main drug, in Healthcare

FDA Questioned by Other Feds on High-Risk Devices

GAO calls safety standards insufficient, checks recalls

A federal agency is questioning FDA approval of high-risk devices, in Healthcare

Allergan Off to Fast Start on Botox Sales for Migraines

Reimbursement Rate Also Up, Doctor Training a Key

Allergan is seeing strong sales for Botox for migraine, in Healthcare

Fight Over Medical Device Tax Starts With IRS Letter

Customers Fear Pass-Along; Manufacturers Want Repeal

Healthcare groups sent a letter to the IRS about device makers, in Healthcare

Restructuring Takes Medical Scanner Private, Debt Free

Insight Under New Owner; Eyeing Growth With Deals

Insight Health Services has gone private after a bankruptcy, in Healthcare

Japan Earthquake Aftermath: Challenges for Device Makers

Distribution Hurdles Seen, Some Production Exposed

Japan’s earthquake may disrupt sales for local device makers, in Healthcare

Cancer Drug Maker Spectrum Sees Surge in Revenue

Posts Unexpected Profit; Competition Increasing

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals topped expectations last quarter, in Healthcare

Sabra Debuts First Results, Seen as Demographics Play

Nursing Home Building Owner Reports in Line

Sabra Health Care is holding its own so far, in Healthcare

Danaher Prevailed in Final Hours of Beckman Bidding

PerkinElmer’s $5.1B offer Topped in Final Hours

Danaher and PerkinElmer competed for Beckman Coulter, in Healthcare

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FDA Impact on Funding, Jobs Eyed in Congress, Report

Critics: Delays Stifle Both; FDA Seeks More Funding

The FDA’s slow approval times are hindering device makers, in Healthcare

Blogger: Dendreon Has Challenges, Upside Potential

Biotech With Seal Beach Plant Reports on March 1

Biotech company Dendreon’s cancer drugs have potential, in Healthcare

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Investors Put $43 Million in Medical Device Startups

Glaukos Raises $29.5M, $14 Million for VertiFlex

A couple of local device makers have raised nearly $45 million in funding, in Healthcare

UCI’s Healthcare Forecast to Gauge Future of Reform

Business, med schools seek outlook on effects, changes

UCI’s annual Health Care Forecast Conference will focus on recent legislation, in Healthcare

PacifiCare’s Parent UnitedHealth Tops Q4 Expectations

Healthcare Reform an Issue for It, Other Insurers

UnitedHealth Group posted solid profits, in Healthcare

Nursing Home Trade Group: Medicaid Payments $5.6B Short

Federal Program for Poor Third of Sales for Locals

A nursing home trade group says Medicaid patients are underfunded, in Healthcare

Edwards’ Big 2010 Earns It ‘Notable Performer’ Nod

Valve led 75% stock surge “captured hearts and minds”

Edwards Lifesciences got a nod from an analyst, in Healthcare

Resumed Interest in Allergan on Potential Botox Gains

Clarient’s Sale to GE Brings Windfall for Third Player; Grubb & Ellis Buys Texas Hospital

Allergan is getting more attention from analysts, in Healthcare