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FTC provides new details in case against distributors
February 16, 2018 -- On February 15, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new details about its antitrust complaint against dentistry's three largest distributors. It also suggested nine actions it believes the companies should be required to take if they are found guilty of conspiracy.  Discuss
New products: Premier launches instrument line
February 15, 2018 -- Premier Dental Products has launched its new PremierAir line of hygiene and diagnostic instruments.  Discuss
Dentistry after dark? Floss Bar extends hygienist hours
February 14, 2018 -- A new start-up wants to expand dental office hours to nights and weekends. The company, called Floss Bar, allows patients to schedule an appointment with a hygienist during hours when dental offices typically aren't in use.  Discuss
FTC files antitrust complaint against Big 3 distributors
February 13, 2018 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed an antitrust complaint against Henry Schein, Patterson Companies, and Benco Dental. The complaint alleges conspiracy to not do business with buying groups representing small-group and solo practices.  Discuss
Zest Dental acquired by investment firm
February 9, 2018 -- Zest Dental Solutions has been acquired by an international investment firm.  Discuss
DSO acquires 6 Texas practices
February 9, 2018 -- Dental support organization (DSO) Jefferson Dental Care has acquired the Smile Center, a DSO with six practices in the San Antonio area.  Discuss
The over-the-counter opioid epidemic?
February 8, 2018 -- Most of the attention about the opioid epidemic focuses on the abuse of prescription drugs, but pharmacist Tom Viola notes that over-the-counter products also can contribute to the issue. He details how a popular treatment for diarrhea may contribute to opioid abuse and also influence how you treat certain patients.  Discuss
Planmed updates Verity scanner
February 8, 2018 -- Planmed has updated its Verity cone-beam CT (CBCT) scanner.  Discuss
New product: Evidentiae debuts oral health assessment tool
February 8, 2018 -- Evidentiae Technologies has debuted Oral Health Score, its new online oral health assessment tool.  Discuss
New product: Water Pik launches portable water flosser
February 7, 2018 -- Water Pik has introduced a compact, portable version of its water flosser.