AdvaMed spent almost $1.6M in first half 2007

Advanced Medical Technology Association (Washington) spent nearly $1.6 million in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form.

The group, known as AdvaMed, lobbied on issues related to trade, prescription drug user fees, drug safety, medical devices and patent reform, according to a form posted online Aug. 13 by the Senate's public records office.

Beside Congress, the group also lobbied the FDA, the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Management and Budget.

Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

Baxter Healthcare, Boston Scientific, and Eli Lilly are among the dozens of companies that are members of the Washington-based association.

Andover Medical reports false e-mail circulation

Andover Medical (North Andover, Massachusetts), a single source provider of orthopedic, podiatric and urological durable medical equipment and incontinence treatment solutions, said that unauthorized emails using Andover Medical’s name and ticker symbol were distributed to the investment community.

The company has no knowledge of the source of the emails, but confirms that the information contained in them is untrue.

Please direct any questions or additional information regarding this issue to Erin Hegarty, equity performance group, at 617-723-2225 or erin@equityperfgp.com.

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