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Medtronic, Covidien deal approved


MINNEAPOLIS – Medtronic shareholders on Tuesday approved a $43 billion dollar acquisition of Covidien.

The deal still requires approval from the High Court of Ireland, according to local newspapers.

In brief: Lawmakers introduce bid bill, SBA hosts stakeholders at hearing


WASHINGTON – Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and John Larson, D-Conn., have introduced a bill that would require providers to obtain bid bonds as part of future rounds of competitive bidding. H.R.

Medtronic buys Covidien


MINNEAPOLIS and DUBLIN – Medtronic has agreed to buy Covidien in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at about $42.9 billion, the companies announced June 15.

Covidien offloads pharmaceuticals division


DUBLIN, Ireland – The board of directors at Covidien, a global provider of healthcare products, recently approved the spinoff of its pharmaceuticals business, Hazelwood, Mo.-based Mallinckrodt, according to a press release.

Briefs: Pride announces stops for new tour


Pride Mobility and Quantum Rehab announced in February the stops for its new educational tour. The 2011 Professional Education Partnership will stop in 24 cities beginning in Orlando in March and ending in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in October. The tour features courses like "Mobility Product Troubleshooting and Repair."