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Today's Issue of Medical Device Daily

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Today's Headlines

Drug-Free Relief Prevents Abuse: Manufacturing advancements bring price down on OTC devices for pain

Health care policy makers, providers, payers and the pharmaceutical industry have been battling the opioid abuse epidemic for years but the problem seems to be getting worse instead of better. Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked prescription opioid (pain killers) abuse to nearly 23,000 deaths in 2013, four times the number of opioid-related deaths in 1999. There has also been a 300 percent increase in prescription opioid sales over that time, according to the CDC.

Thursday two-fer from Medical Device Daily

Disc jockeys like to do two-for-Tuesdays and three-for-Thursdays, but we're not spinning music at MDD Perspectives. Today we go into full rebellion mode by offering a Thursday two-fer. Take that, hegemonistic radio stations! (MDD Perspectives)

2015 Medical Innovation Summit: Watson data may drive next great wave of innovation in health care

Soon after IBM Corp.'s (Armonk, N.Y.) Watson computer system defeated two former champions of the popular game show Jeopardy back in 2011, Michael Rhodin, SVP of IBM's Watson division, told attendees this week at the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit that the company received several phone calls from an audience it wasn't expecting.

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