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Medtronic aims to lower heart device infection rates with risk-sharing program

Over 140 US hospitals and clinics have signed up for Medtronic's risk-sharing program that seeks to lower infection rates with pacemakers and defibrillators through the use of the company's Tyrx Antibacterial Envelope. Under the program, a substantial rebate will be paid by Medtronic toward the $50,000 cost of replacing an infected Medtronic device if the earlier surgery used a Tyrx envelope, which dissolves in weeks and delivers antibiotics to the pocket around the heart.

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