Patients who received Intersect ENT Inc.’s Propel sinus implant had fewer doctor visits, emergency department and urgent care visits and subsequent endoscopies following surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis, a real-world evidence study found.
Each year, more than 250,000 Americans undergo sinus surgery to treat a range of nose and sinus complaints. Full recovery can take several weeks, during which patients typically use opioids to treat their postoperative pain. Given the risk of opioid addiction, Tivic Health Systems Inc. is testing a bioelectronic device that offers an alternative to potent narcotics following sinus surgery.
PARIS – The team from the ENT surgery department at Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital recently placed a cochlear implant into a patient with profound deafness using the Collin Medical SAS otologic robot in a hybrid operating room known as Imabloc.
The FDA published a draft rule on Oct. 19 for over-the-counter hearing aids, four years after the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act (FDARA) had directed the agency to do so by 2020. One of the potentially more problematic aspects of the draft is that the rule would be preemptive of state law on several points, including consumer protections, a consideration that could serve as a flashpoint in future litigation.
Innerscope Hearing Technologies Inc. acquired the assets and operations of Ihear Medical Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The deal significantly boosts Innerscope’s position in the emerging market of direct-to-consumer and over-the-counter hearing products, an important development in the run-up to the FDA’s expected release next month of new regulations for hearing aids that can be sold in stores without a prescription.
Medtronic plc reported it will acquire Intersect ENT, a deal that represents a major expansion of Medtronic’s footprint in the ear/nose/throat (ENT) space. Intersect’s products for chronic rhinosinusitis will give Medtronic access to a medical market said to be among the top 10 most expensive conditions for employers, with a potential patient population of 35 million in the U.S. alone.