Intuitive Wants To Vaporize Antitrust Suit: No Relevant Aftermarket Distinct From Da Vinci
A group of health care providers’ class action against Intuitive Surgical alleges that the firm’s sales agreements are anticompetitive, requiring costly repairs and instrument replacements that might otherwise be purchased from independent companies. According to Intuitive, plaintiffs must demonstrate sufficient demand for da Vinci parts and services separate from da Vinci systems.
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US Interim Funding Bill Gets Biden’s Signature; Window Narrows For Cosmetics, Dietary Supplement Legislation
Passed by the US House and signed into law on 30 September, the Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023, avoids a partial government shutdown and furloughs in FDA user-fee programs. Policy riders stripped from the legislation, including for cosmetics and dietary supplement regulatory changes, could still find their way into a final FY 2023 spending omnibus.