Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is reconsidering its approach to regulating devices that bear materials of animal, microbial or recombinant origin, a broad class of products that includes transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) devices.
Taking a step forward in an increasingly crowded market that has long been dominated by non-Chinese players, Magassist Co. Ltd. got positive clinical results from its extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system Breathmo to provide support for patients with serious heart failure or lung failure, with a study showing that the system can provide pulmonary and cardiac support effectively and safely.
Recalls are a fact of life in the medical technology space, and Medtronic plc and Quidel Cardiovascular Inc., have both been forced to report class I recalls. Dublin-based Medtronic announced a recall of more than 348,000 cardiac electrophysiology devices due to issues that could prevent high-voltage therapy while San Diego-based Quidel is recalling nearly 7,800 Triage cardiac panels because of a risk of false negatives for patients being assessed for an infarct.
Shineco Inc.’s subsidiary Changzhou Biowin Pharma received marketing approval from China’s NMPA for its test device that can complete a diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction in five minutes. The five-minute cardiac test relies on a combination of three major cardiac markers that can detect cardiac troponin I, myoglobin and heart fatty acid binding protein in a single test.
Caristo Diagnostics Ltd. is deploying its medical imaging technology, Cari-Heart, at several NHS hospitals in a pilot project that will help identify patients at risk of heart attack years before it occurs. Cari-Heart detects signs of inflammation around coronary arteries. “No other company is doing this,” Frank Cheng, CEO of Caristo told BioWorld. “No one is using CT to quantify and visualize coronary inflammation” to predict the risk of a heart attack years in advance.
Lifetech Scientific Corp.’s fully degradable iron-based absorbable coronary scaffold showed its safety and efficacy to treat non-complex coronary lesions that have not been previously treated with an interventional device during a three-year, first-in-humans trial.
The U.S. CMS is proposing to expand coverage of angioplasty and stenting for the carotid arteries to include patients who currently cannot receive this treatment for carotid artery stenosis outside of a clinical trial, generally a cause for celebration among device makers. However, Silk Road Medical Inc. is one possible exception to the overall picture as utilization of its transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) system may suffer as a result.
Five long years after the publication of the now-notorious Katsanos paper, the U.S. FDA has issued a final determination about whether devices indicated for treatment of peripheral artery disease carry the threat of excess mortality when using paclitaxel as an antiproliferative.
Parasym Ltd.’s neuromodulation technology significantly decreased postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and has the potential to be a safe and effective treatment for individuals living with the condition, according to a recent study. The result from the trial represents a substantial breakthrough for people with POTS, as there are no U.S. FDA approved treatments for the condition, Nathan Dundovic, co-founder at Parasym, told BioWorld.