Brian Buntz

Medtech and Pharma Firms Paid $6.5B to Docs in 2014

Posted in by Brian Buntz on July 1, 2015
Last year marked the first full year in which CMS tracked payments from industry to doctors.  Brian BuntzDomestic pharmaceutical and medical device companies paid physicians $6.49 billion last year, based on data gathered through the Sunshine Act, a provision of the Affordable Care Act. In all,... Continue

Despite Controversy, New Pelvic Mesh Wins FDA Approval

Posted in by Brian Buntz on June 30, 2015
A privately-owned medical device company will market what it hails as a next-generation of its vaginal mesh.Caldera Medical's Vertessa Lite mesh, as shown on the company's websiteBrian BuntzVaginal mesh have emerged as one of the most scandal-prone medical devices in recent memory, and have cos... Continue

Wrongful Death Suit Filed against German Medtech Firm

Posted in by Brian Buntz on June 26, 2015
A Boston attorney is suing a Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG and a prominent hospital in their alleged role in his wife’s death.Brian BuntzThis Karl Storz Rotocut G1 power morcellator was used in a Brigham & Women's Hospital study to better understand the devices' potential to spread cancer. Rick... Continue

The Top 4 Technologies of 2015

Posted in by Brian Buntz on June 26, 2015
The Top 4 Technologies of 2015We already have a sense of which new technologies might have the most profound effect on medtech in coming years. You’ve already helped us pick four technologies. Now help us whittle the list down even more as we pick the most innovative technology to hit the scene in... Continue

Your Pick for the Best Medtech CEO

Posted in by Brian Buntz on June 24, 2015
Omar Ishrak handily topped a poll for top medtech CEO.Qmed Staff In a Qmed reader survey, Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak garned 57.02% of 228 total votes. Edwards Lifesciences’ Michael Mussallem took second place in the poll, with 16.67% of the vote, while J&J’s Alex Gorsky was ranked third,... Continue

Deciding Where in the World to Make What? It's Complicated

Posted in by Brian Buntz on June 23, 2015
Offshore, reshore, onshore, nearshore, or right-shore… It says something that so many different terms have popped up reflecting the complexity of modern globalized manufacturing operations. Brian BuntzGW says that companies that offer a  standardized global manufacturing platform and quality ... Continue

Why Offshoring Probably Costs More than You Think

Posted in by Brian Buntz on June 22, 2015
When companies weigh the decision whether to offshore manufacturing operations, they often use simple calculations that make offshoring seem less expensive than it actually is.Brian BuntzIndexed unit labor costs in China are soaring. Graph courtesy of the Reshoring Initiative. The arithmetic that ma... Continue

Bonus: Nozzle Failure

Posted by Brian Buntz on June 19, 2015