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June 12, 2014
07:46 EDTBCRFDA Circulatory Systems Devices Panel to hold a meeting
The Panel discusses, makes recommendations and votes on information related to C.R. Bard's Premarket Approval Application for the LUTONIX 035 Drug Coated Balloon PTA Catheter in a meeting being held in Germantown, Maryland on June 12 at 8 am. Webcast Link
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November 26, 2014
14:28 EDTBCRMedtronic agrees to divest Covidien drug-coated balloon catheter business
Medtronic (MDT) has agreed to divest the drug-coated balloon catheter business of Covidien (COV) in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its $42.9B acquisition of Covidien would likely be anticompetitive. Under the FTC’s proposed settlement, Medtronic will sell the drug-coated balloon catheter business to medical device company Spectranetics (SPNC), the FTC announced. According to the FTC’s complaint both Medtronic and Covidien are developing drug-coated balloon catheters to compete with C.R. Bard (BCR), which currently is the only company that supplies these products, used to treat peripheral artery disease, in the U.S. market. Medtronic and Covidien are the only companies with products in clinical trials in the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process, which makes it unlikely that other competitors could enter the market in time to counteract the effects of the merger, the FTC alleges. The Commission vote to accept the proposed consent order for public comment was 5-0. The FTC will publish the consent agreement package in the Federal Register shortly. The agreement will be subject to public comment for 30 days, beginning today and continuing through December 29, after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent order final.

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