Some industry news to get you caught up over the weekend, from the Dail-E News

Sanofi-aventis completes acquisition of BMP Sunstone

Sanofi-aventis (Bridgewater, NJ) completed its previously announced acquisition of BMP Sunstone Corporation (Beijing, China). BMP Sunstone is a specialty pharmaceutical company that offers a portfolio of branded pharmaceutical and healthcare products. Under the merger agreement, BMP Sunstone stockholders will receive $10.00 per share in cash for each share of common stock they owned. With the closing of the merger, BMP Sunstone common stock will no longer trade on the NASDAQ Global Market and will be delisted.

Welch Allyn signs partnership deal with ACFAS

Welch Allyn (Skaneateles Falls, NY) announced an exclusive partnership with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) (Chicago, IL) that will offer its members a service designed to help select and prepare for an electronic health record (EHR) system. The EHR Prep-Select service is a professional consulting program offered by Welch Allyn. It systematically guides physician practices by offering an optimal mix of expert consulting, a 10-step project plan, and an online tool that addresses the challenges associated with selecting an EHR vendor. Welch Allyn will collaborate with ACFAS on several marketing initiatives to introduce and educate members on the value of the EHR Prep-Select service.

HMMC announces Spring Education Conference

Healthcare Manufacturers Management Council (HMMC) (Savannah, GA) Spring Education Conference will be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the Hilton Nashville Downtown April 13 – 15, 2011. The program will be headlined by David Houle, futurist, author, speaker and consultant, and Jonathan Fleece, co-author and healthcare attorney. They will conduct a four-hour workshop dealing with “The New Health Age – A Look at the Future of Healthcare.” Other speakers include John Pritchard on ACOs, two to three large distributors, GPOs and more. To register, go to www.hmmc.com.

Supreme Court ruling protects vaccine manufacturers

The Supreme Court on February 22, 2011 ruled that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 “pre-empts all design-defect claims against vaccine manufacturers brought by plaintiffs who seek compensation for injury or death caused by vaccine side effects.” The court handed down the ruling in the case of a couple from Pennsylvania who claimed that their daughter suffered impairments after receiving a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine made by Wyeth, which is now part of Pfizer Inc (New York, NY). The special vaccine court created by the 1986 law rejected the parents’ bid for compensation because they hadn’t proved that the vaccine caused the injuries. Plaintiffs can still sue over some issues not having to do with vaccine design.

Midmark introduces new front access wall mounted sink

Midmark Corporation (Versailles, OH) introduced a new front access wall mounted sink. This specially designed unit joins Midmark’s line of modular casework for hospitals and physicians’ offices. The sink has a 34-inch height limitation, which is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is regulatory compliant. In addition, the unit complies with and meets The Joint Commission (Oakbrook Terrace, IL) requirements. The unit is 18 inches deep and is available in four size configurations.

Cardinal Health names Jackson as VP, ambulatory sales

Cardinal Health Inc (Dublin, OH) named Scott Jackson as VP of sales for its ambulatory business. Jackson joins the company from ConMed Corp (Utica, NY), where he served as director of sales. Prior to ConMed, he spent nine years with McKesson Corp (San Francisco, CA), where he served as VP of surgery center business and alternate site corporate accounts

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