Global Device Approvals, Weekly Snapshot: Sept. 3-9, 2018
A snapshot of global medical device and diagnostics approvals recorded during the past week in Medtech Insight's Approvals Tracker. This week, five approvals were added from Europe, Israel and Japan.
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