Latest Robert Jarvik Stories

2009-02-13 23:10:56

Dr. Willem Kolff, regarded as the father of artificial organs, has died at his home in Pennsylvania, colleagues said. He was 97. The Dutch-born physician -- who invented the first artificial kidney during World War II using sausage casings and orange juice cans -- died Wednesday, The New York Times reported. Kolff also built the first artificial heart. Dr. Kolff was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word. His groundbreaking work on the artificial kidney in the 1940s made him a household...

2008-09-03 08:30:00

Six months after Lipitor ads were yanked off TV amid complaints of misleading advertising, parent company Pfizer Inc. (PFE) has put the world's top-selling cholesterol fighter back in the spotlight. Last time around Pfizer used a celebrity doctor endorser who's never practiced medicine. But this time, Pfizer is leaving out the celebrity. In the new television ads, the spokesman is a talent agent from the San Francisco Bay area who tells viewers he started taking Pfizer's Lipitor after...

2008-08-09 03:00:09

By Anonymous DR. ROBERT JARVIK doesn't row. The spokesperson for Pfizer's cholesterol-lowering medication Lipitor also isn't a cardiologist, nor is he licensed to practice medicine. And former colleagues even contest his claim to be the "inventor of the Jarvik artificial heart." After a Congressional committee began looking into the misrepresentation of Jarvik's credentials, Pfizer pulled long- running Lipitor commercials featuring Jarvik off the air in February. Pfizer spent more than $258...

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