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New York, US (PRWEB) July 19, 2012

The primary reason for translating packaging for medical devices and diagnostics to be sold overseas is to ensure that the products can be used safely and as intended. Many medical devices and diagnostics businesses are now embarking upon translation projects to take advantage of the huge demand in regions such as Asia, South America and Africa.

Datamonitor predicts that by 2015, the global healthcare equipment and supplies market will be worth $ 370.7 billion, which is up 13.4 percent from the industrys value in 2010. Although the US still accounts for 45 percent of this market, there are several growing markets in emerging economies such as the BRIC nations and Africa. Therefore, it makes economic sense for healthcare and medical device firms to carefully translate the packaging and documentation of their products to a range of languages whether it is Portuguese, French, Cantonese or Hindi.

Proper translation is a vital part of the process of bringing medical products into foreign markets. Whether it is a consumer buying a device such as a hearing aid, a nurse administering an infusion pump or a surgeon implanting a stent, they preferably need to be able to read the packaging and directions in their own language. Medical device firms cannot afford mistakes in terminology in the translation process and the same can be said for medical diagnostics companies. Accurate translation is essential and cannot be compromised.

Medical device firms entering new markets do find that they are faced with growing regulatory pressures and this is where working with a qualified language services provider can help. The US Food and Drug Administration is keen to stress the importance of accurate and high-quality translation of medical device packaging. It states that medical device firms should work on, establishing and maintaining design transfer procedures that insure that the package design is correctly translated into production specifications.

It also asserts that manufacturers of other Class I devices should establish and maintain procedures for ensuring that their device design is correctly translated into production specifications.

In light of the regulatory demands and the pressure to constantly accelerate time-to-market for medical devices and diagnostics products, working with a language services provider with expertise in the medical device field can help. Translating medical device and diagnostics packaging is a high-risk activity that requires a huge level of expertise and experience to ensure best practice is observed. With short product-development cycles and increasing time pressures, medical technologies manufacturers cant risk putting speed above quality. Inaccurate and faulty translation could lead to expensive product recalls or liability cases.

Working with a qualified language service provider that holds internationally recognized quality standards, including ISO 13485:2003 and 14971:2007 certifications, is an effective way to reduce exposure when embarking upon a medical device, diagnostics and related services translation project. Merrill Brinks medical devices and diagnostics translation services offer a world-class, end-to-end solution that ensures medical device firms can get their products to new markets accurately and within budget.

Merrill Brinks translation professionals are subject matter experts with experience in translating medical device and diagnostics packaging. They have linguists with expertise in diverse subjects such as vision care, orthopaedics, neurology, urology, vascular surgery and cardiology – equipping them with the background knowledge necessary to produce accurate translations of even the most complex and technical medical terminology.

About Merrill Brink International

Merrill Brink International ( is a leading provider of complete translation and language solutions for global companies and law firms, with special expertise in serving the legal, financial, life sciences, software, heavy machinery and corporate markets. A proven leader with more than 30 years of experience, Merrill Brink offers a wide range of language solutions including translation, localisation, desktop publishing and globalisation services.

Merrill Brink is recognised in the industry for its commitment to quality and its pioneering approach of leveraging technology to reduce costs, eliminate redundant processes and accelerate translation life cycles. Merrill Brink is certified to ISO 9001:2008; ISO 27001:2005 and ISO 13485:2003, and registered to EN 15038:2006 and ISO 14971:2007. Together, these standards provide assurance that the most stringent process and quality standards for translation are followed. Merrill Brink International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Merrill Corporation.

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Nine Mile Falls, WA (PRWEB) November 7, 2009

AmericaYouChoose today launched, a non-partisan web site that enables Congress to educate the public about looming legislation and collect feedback on public sentiment before voting. Sponsors of bills post pro and con arguments at AmericaYouChoose, which are presented side by side in three parts: Overview, Main Argument and Rebuttal. Visitors can vote ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ in polls specifically designed to provide useful information to Congress. Thus, AmericaYouChoose better informs Congress of the will of the people prior to voting on legislation, and gives the public a stronger voice.

America’s founding fathers feared an uneducated electorate. With the dissemination and propagation of misinformation via the Internet, email and television, the average voter is often confused about the stance of their leaders on key issues. In fact, when AmericaYouChoose asked visitors to vote on the Baucus Health Care Reform Bill nearly half chose the option, ‘Confused: I’m not sure of the details.’ Too often facts fall prey to sound bytes and hyperbole.

Clearly, the public needs an unbiased and unfiltered forum through which both political parties can better educate the public. AmericaYouChoose facilitates Congressional transparency, arms politicians with feedback from the public prior to votes, and provides a conduit for communication between the people and Congress. But Congress appears to be in no hurry to provide such transparency, which is why AmericaYouChoose has started a petition drive to encourage Congress to present their case to the public by posting their pro and con arguments on AmericaYouChoose.

‘A while back I simply wanted to research Cap and Trade, but the days of Peter Jennings making the complicated understandable during his TV specials are over,’ said Scott Chaney, founder of ‘After visiting 10-15 websites, without finding a single source that could help me research both sides of the issue — or even provide a comprehensive overview — I took matters into my own hands and launched AmericaYouChoose.’

Recently on AmericaYouChoose, visitors were asked to vote on S.1796 , ‘America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009’. The weighted vote (what the vote would be if the percentages of democrats, republicans and independents voting were in the same ratio as they exist in the general population) had 30% voting for and 70% against. Not surprisingly emotions are running high: 65% were strongly against while 20% strongly supported it.

Importantly, is not supported by any political party or lobbying groups. Registration is free, and the site does not endorse any political party or cause.

“AmericaYouChoose is an excellent forum for learning the pros and cons about the issues that affect our lives,” said Gary Williams, an airline pilot living in Kingwood Texas. “Finally there’s a way to get the facts on bills and provide feedback to Congress before they vote! I think this site will help make politicians truly consider public opinion.”

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Those who believe the million or more abortions each year in the U.S. are immoral seem willing to go to any length to restrict, discourage or hinder them — even, in some cases, if it means risking a woman’s health or violating core values of health care, writes bioethicist Art Caplan.

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When talk of  end-of-life planning stirred a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from the health care reform bill.  Now,  the plan is back in the form of Medicare regulation.  Here’s why you shouldn’t be scared. Health care

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When a conservative says “America hates the healthcare reform bill.” Do they understand that 48% of the country supported reform while only 42% opposed it?

When they say “This bill is hugely unpopular.” Do they understand that’s it’s unpopular among the minority Republicans, but supported by the majority Democrats?

When they say “This bill will bankrupt our country.” Do they comprehend that the CBO estimated a deficit savings of $128 billion?

When they say “This was rammed down our throats.” Do they realize that Democracy means you don’t always get what you want?
edit: If anybody thinks these are opinions – please elaborate.

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Opinion: Supreme Court’s conservative majority making its mark
AS THE SUPREME COURT begins its new term, its sixth with John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice, the reality is that this is the most conservative court since the mid-1930s. Since Richard Nixon ran for president in 1968, conservatives have sought to change constitutional law, and they have succeeded in virtually every area. During the first years of the Roberts court, it has consistently ruled in …

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Opinion: Weekly Washington Update
This week the big news from Washington is that unemployment went up… again. The Department of Labor reported this morning that the U.S. economy lost jobs for the third straight month in a row despite the Obama Administration’s promise of a “Recovery Summer.”

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