Guidant agrees to $22M settlement over kickbacks; Big employers say reform could lead to benefit cuts, lower earnings;

> Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp. has agreed to pay $22 million to settle allegations that its Guidant unit paid kickbacks to doctors by channeling clinical studies to those who used its stents. Article

> Big employers like Boeing, MetLife and Xerox are warning that if the Senate's health reform provisions pass, they may have to cut retiree benefits--and could face big cuts in earnings next year. Article

> Vaccine maker MedImmune has voluntarily recalled 13 lots of H1N1 vaccine, saying the lots have lost potency since they were manufactured. Article

> New Hampshire and Maine have become the first two states in the U.S. to roll out sites quoting prices for care based on insurance claims paid for procedures. Now, the question is whether people will actually use the data. Article

And Finally... It seems that this guy doesn't like it when you criticize grandpa Josef. Article

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