Week in Review: Distributors to settle 2016 lawsuit | Implants vs. dentures | Excellence Awards

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

The dental industry's biggest distributors are close to settling class-action litigation charging them with trying to freeze out competitors. While Benco Dental has already announced a settlement, two other companies, Henry Schein and Patterson Companies, stated separately that they have set aside millions of dollars in anticipation of the case being settled. Read more here.

This class-action lawsuit was filed in 2016 with the settlements announced on August 30. This may set the stage for additional action in advance of the upcoming October 2018 trial stemming from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's antitrust complaint.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants improve quality of life, but fixed partial dentures may prove more cost-effective over time. These findings come from a new study evaluating the cost-effectiveness of different treatments to replace missing lower molars. Learn more here.

Nominations for the 2018 DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards are now being accepted, giving you the chance to tell us what products should be nominated in 11 different categories for dentistry's most prestigious awards. Read more here.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, we bring you the second of a three-part series on how to create a productivity blueprint. Do you often find yourself thinking that there aren't enough hours in the day? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has a way to fix that. In part 2, she shares ways to overcome your clinical productivity backlogs. Learn more here.

Have a safe Labor Day weekend. We'll be back with more content on Tuesday.

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