In Brief January 2007
A brief summary of recent product developments in the device industry, including updates on Edwards Lifesciences, Cardiophonics, Boston Scientific. Also, short takes on the Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act, and Annual Breast Cancer Screening.
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