March 03, 2010      

Intuitive Surgical Inc. received notice from Japan's Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency that the country's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has given its approval for Intuitive's da Vinci robotic surgical system. According to the brief (and somewhat cryptic) November 20 press release, the Japanese will now allow Intuitive to market the da Vinci system in Japan.

For Intuitive and its investors, the long-awaited approval is good news, particularly given a shaken worldwide market, as ...

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