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Federal health regulators will track medical devices

Updated: 2013-09-20T20:32:09Z

Tracking medical devices

Federal health regulators will begin tracking millions of medical devices, such as pacemakers and hip replacements, using a new electronic system designed to protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier. The Food and Drug Administration has published rules that require certain medical devices sold in the U.S. to carry a unique code identifying make, manufacturer and lot number. The codes will be stored in a publicly accessible database to help regulators, doctors and companies monitor safety issues with devices. The tracking system has been promoted by doctors and public safety advocates for more than a decade. Industry groups favored voluntary tracking efforts by individual companies.

BMW recall

BMW is recalling more than 134,000 5-Series cars in the U.S. because the rear lights can fail. The recall, posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, affects 528i, 535i, 550i and M5 cars from the 2008 through 2010 model years. The safety agency says increased electrical resistance can damage connections to the lights. That could cause the loss of tail, brake, turn signal or backup lights. BMW doesn’t believe the problem is an unreasonable safety risk, but the company decided on the recall because of a precedent set by a 2011 recall for a similar problem, BMW said. Owners in the latest recall will be notified starting next month. Dealers will replace part of the rear lamp connections at no cost.

LinkedIn sued

Professional network LinkedIn has been sued by customers alleging it appropriated their identities for marketing the site to non-members without their consent by hacking into their external e-mail accounts and downloading contacts’ addresses. The customers, who aim to lead a group lawsuit against the company, asked a federal judge in California to bar LinkedIn from repeating the alleged violations and to force it to return any revenue made by using their identities, according to a Sept. 17 court filing.

Grand debut

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. said retail sales of its Grand Theft Auto V video game exceeded $1 billion during its first three days. That’s the fastest any video game or feature film has reached that revenue milestone, Take-Two said.

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