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AbbVie to Acquire Allergan

AbbVie and Allergan have entered into a definitive transaction agreement under which AbbVie will acquire Allergan in a cash and stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $63 billion. Once the acquisiton is completed, AbbVie will continue maintain its principal executive offices in North Chicago under the leadership of current chairman and CEO Richard A. Gonzalez. Two members of Allergan’s board of directors, including chairman and CEO Brent Saunders, will join AbbVie’s board.

Florida Cracks Down on Cosmetic Surgery Mills

SB 732 - Office Surgery

On June 25, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 732 - Office Surgery into law. The bill, proposed by Senator Anitere Flores and Representative Anthony Rodriguez in February, was introduced just days after an investigation by USA TODAY and the Naples Daily News revealed that eight women had died after undergoing procedures in the same Miami-area plastic surgery business where doctors with little specialized training were performing up to eight surgeries a day.

FDA Clears CoolTone Magnetic Muscle Stimulation Device for Abdominal Toning

Allergan Magnetic Muscle Stimulation Device FDA Cleared

The CoolTone device from Allergan has received FDA clearance for improvement of abdominal tone, strengthening of the abdominal muscles and development for firmer abdomen. The system is also indicated for strengthening, toning and firming of buttocks and thighs.

Using magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS), CoolTone technology penetrates into the muscle layers and induces involuntary muscle contractions. The body responds to these contractions by strengthening its muscle fibers, resulting in improved muscle conditioning and a more defined and toned appearance.

Picosecond Laser For Removal of Solar Lentigines in Darker Skin Types

Picosecond Laser Effective for Solar Lentigines

A novel dual-wavelength, dual-pulse duration laser was evaluated for use on solar lentigines in 20 Asian patients with results showing 90 percent of patients achieved moderate to significant improvement. The study device was a dual‐wavelength, dual‐pulse width Nd:YAG laser that allowed for treatment with a 532nm or 1,064 nm wavelength in a 750 picosecond pulse duration. The treating physicians used the 532nm wavelength as its effect would be confined more superficially, which is ideal for the treatment of lengitines, and because it has greater melanin absorption than 1,064nm.

Connecticut Adopts Bill Allowing Sunscreen Use in Schools

SUNucate Map of United States

Connecticut has adopted legislation that allows students, with permission from a parent or guardian, to self-apply sunscreen during the school day. Senate bill 922 is based on SUNucate model legislation, developed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA). It allows students six years or older to possess and self-apply over-the-counter sunscreen in school before outdoor activities, if a parent or guardian has provided written authorization to the school nurse. Connecticut is the 23rd state—and sixth state this year—to enact such legislation.

Acoustic Pulse Subcision May Improve Appearance of Cellulite

Rapid Acoustic Pulse Technology

Soliton’s RAP (rapid acoustic pulse) device, initially developed for tattoo removal treatments, may be effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Results of proof-of-concept, preclinical studies on the use of a new version of the company’s acoustic pulse technology reveal that, in addition to the RAP device’s demonstrated ability to stimulate collagen, the technology also appears to be capable of selective disruption of the fibrotic septa that contribute to the appearance of cellulite. A process referred to as “acoustic subcision.”