• Orthofix International (Boston) reported FDA approval for its Pillar SA spine interbody device and said it also received notification of approval to begin selling its CentroNail family of nailing systems in Japan. Orthofix said that the Pillar SA is the latest addition to its line of Pillar PEEK spacer systems. The spinal device is designed to be used in most cases as a stand-alone implant between the spinal vertebrae or as a partial vertebral body replacement, without the need for supplemental internal fixation, during lumbar spinal fusion procedures. It said that the potential benefits of eliminating the need for supplemental fixation include reduced patient trauma and cost savings for hospitals resulting from reduced surgery times. Pillar SA includes a cover plate designed to prevent the screws from backing out. Orthofix's family of CentroNail nailing systems is designed to stabilize bone fractures in the leg. The internal fixation devices feature titanium construction with multiple locking options, reliable mechanical distal targeting and specialized instrumentation.

• Pioneer Surgical Technology (Marquette, Michigan) reported FDA clearance for its FortrOss bone graft substitute using nanotechnology for orthopedic applications. The FortrOss bone void filler is a scaffold for the in-growth of new bone and other connective tissues. The osteoconductive matrix in FortrOss uses Pioneer's nanOss technology and is designed to mimic the nanostructures inherent in boney tissue. The company said that the combined nanotechnology-based osteoconduction and osteopromotive E-Matrix scaffold of FortrOss positions it to impact the field of bone and tissue repair. Pioneer Surgical makes motion preservation devices.

• Revolutions Medical (Mount Pleasant, South Carolina) said it has begun the selection process for a manufacturer of its Rev Vac safety syringe. The FDA 510(k) lab testing and application for its safety syringe will be finished soon, and will enter the FDA fast-track program, Revolution's said. The company's products also include a safety blood drawing device and a safety IV catheter.