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The Medtechy Daily: October 9

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How Salesmen Showed Up In Operating Rooms, And Why Hospitals Are Scrutinizing Their Presence. In an operating room, there's the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, a surgical tech and a scrub nurse. And in many procedures that involve an implanted medical device, there's often someone else standing quietly along the back wall — a sales representative working on commission for the maker of artificial joints or bone screws. (Nashville Public Radio

After 3 years of increases, cardiologists’ salaries drop 4%. The average U.S. cardiologist’s salary dropped by 4 percent last year, to $559,568, MedAxiom reported in its annual Cardiovascular Provider Compensation & Production Survey. The dip follows three consecutive years of salary hikes that reached an all-time high in 2016. (Cardiovascular Business)

FDA expands use of an HPV vaccine up to age 45. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday expanded the use of Gardasil 9, Merck’s vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), to adults up to age 45. (STAT News)

Perrigo Taps Tobacco Executive as CEO in Shift From Drugs. Perrigo Co. said Murray Kessler, a former tobacco industry executive, will become the company’s third chief executive officer this year as it transitions away from prescription drugs toward over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and other health products. (Bloomberg)

Allergan Presents New Research at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting (ACG 2018). Allergan plc (AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, today announced it will present data from its gastroenterology portfolio at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting (ACG), from October 5-10, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. (Yahoo Finance)

Apollo Endosurgery Announces Distribution Agreement with Slater Endoscopy for the Ensizor Flexible Endoscopic Scissors. Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEN) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Slater Endoscopy, LLC to distribute the cold Ensizor® Flexible Endoscopic Scissors in the United States, Europe, and select other markets. (Medtechy)

Edwards Announces Start Of U.S. Study Of Self-Expanding Transcatheter Heart Valve. Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), announced that it has commenced the U.S. pivotal trial that will study its self-expanding CENTERA transcatheter valve for severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) patients at intermediate risk of open-heart surgery. (Medtechy)

That New Apple Watch EKG Feature? There Are More Downs Than Ups. The newest version of the Apple Watch will feature a heart monitor app that can do a form of an electrocardiogram. Many have greeted this announcement as a great leap forward for health. The president of the American Heart Association even took part in the product launch. (NY Times)