How Well Did You Follow Medtech News In 2013?

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How Well Did You Follow Medtech News In 2013?

2013 has been a pivotal year in the healthcare industry. January is when the medical device tax went into effect, whose repeal effort so far has proved a massive failure. The Sunshine Act, passed years ago, finally went into effect as well. The yar witnessed the disastrous debut of Obamacare with the federal health exchange faltering badly due to a slew of IT troubles. But did you go beyond the screaming headlines to find nuggets of equally newsworthy events in the medtech world? Take this 10-question quiz to find out?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A U.S. medtech executive was held hostage by employees in a foreign location over a wage dispute. In which country did this occur?
    • A. 

      Indonesia

    • B. 

      China

    • C. 

      Turkey

    • D. 

      Israel

  • 2. 
    Two U.S. companies have been battling it out against each other for years to gain an edge in the structural heart market. This year, a European court temporarily forced one company to pull its product handing a brief victory to the other. Which are those companies
    • A. 

      Edwards Lifesciences and St. Jude Medical

    • B. 

      St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific

    • C. 

      Medtronic and Edwards Lifesciences

    • D. 

      Medtronic and Boston Scientific

  • 3. 
    Angelina Jolie shocked and amazed the world by publicly talking about her preventive double mastectomy after undergoing a genetic diagnostic test for breast cancer. Which company makes that test?
    • A. 

      Abbott Labs

    • B. 

      DiagnoCure

    • C. 

      Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

    • D. 

      Myriad Genetics

  • 4. 
    Which multinational got caught in a bribery scandal in China?
    • A. 

      Pfizer

    • B. 

      Novartis

    • C. 

      Merck

    • D. 

      GlaxoSmithKline

  • 5. 
    Last year, GSK made history by agreeing to pay the Department of Justice $3 billion to settle healthcare fraud charges. This year Johnson & Johnson had its own billion-dollar settlement. How large was it?
    • A. 

      $2.2 billion

    • B. 

      $1.8 billion

    • C. 

      $2.7 billion

    • D. 

      $2.4 billion

  • 6. 
    What company received FDA approval for the world’s first bionic eye in 2013? Hint: It was also named MD+DI’s Medical Device Manufacturer of the Year.
    • A. 

      Olympus

    • B. 

      Bausch & Lomb

    • C. 

      Second Sight Medical Products

    • D. 

      Advanced Bionics

  • 7. 
    Which of these transactions represents the largest medtech M&A in 2013?
    • A. 

      Thermo Fisher Scientific’s purchase of Life science Technologies Corp., a leading producer of biotech and genetic testing equipment

    • B. 

      Medtronic’s purchase of remote patient monitoring firm Cardiocom

    • C. 

      St. Jude’s acquisition of Nanostim, developer of the first commercially available leadless pacemaker

    • D. 

      Stryker's purchase of MAKO Surgical, a maker of robotically-assisted surgical products

  • 8. 
    Which of these mobile health companies broke crowdfunding records on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site by raising $1.6 million from scores of small donors online?
    • A. 

      AliveCor, which makes a iPhone ECG device and app

    • B. 

      Audax Health, which is building a gaming/rewards platform to help people make healthy choices

    • C. 

      FitBit, which makes sensors to track physical activity

    • D. 

      Scanadu, which is using mobile and sensor technology to make the world's first medical tricorder

  • 9. 
    Under FDA's final guidance on mobile medical apps, which of the following would be regulated as a device
    • A. 

      MyFitnessPal calorie counter and diet tracker

    • B. 

      Glooko logbook for diabetes patients

    • C. 

      AliveCor, which makes a iPhone ECG device and app

    • D. 

      DrawMD series of apps that allow surgeons to draw surgical procedures for patients

  • 10. 
    Which company got slapped on the wrist by the FDA for marketing a genetic test without a proper regulatory clearance?
    • A. 

      23andMe

    • B. 

      Myriad Genetics

    • C. 

      I-Gene

    • D. 

      Proteus Biomedical

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