Abbott Park, Ill.-based Abbott Laboratories has gained the U.S. FDA’s nod for a clinical trial that will compare the effectiveness of Mitraclip to open-heart mitral valve surgical repair in people with primary mitral regurgitation (MR) who are eligible for open-heart surgery. The prospective, randomized REPAIR MR clinical trial is expected to enroll 500 patients at 60 sites in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The trial's design addresses the issue that, despite symptoms and increased mortality for individuals suffering from MR, patients often are undertreated by open-heart mitral valve surgery.
While the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revisits its coverage policy for transcatheter mitral valve repair devices, several physician societies have drafted recommendations for operator and institutional volume requirements that could restrict the number of centers authorized to practice devices such as Abbott Park, Ill.-based Abbott Laboratories’ Mitraclip.
A recent medical journal article says the terminology used by physicians to denote a fatality in the FDA adverse event reporting system has led to underreporting of fatalities associated with two prominent cardiology devices, a predicament the authors say skews the public understanding of these devices' safety profiles.
Abbott Laboratories had a busy Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2019 conference. Among the news it generated was the unveiling of new analyses of the COAPT trial on the cost-effectiveness of Mitraclip vs. guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT) alone in heart failure patients with secondary mitral regurgitation (MR).
SAN FRANCISCO – Mitraclip from Abbott Park, Ill.-based Abbott Laboratories, has long been the only minimally invasive mitral valve repair device that's approved by the FDA. Edwards Lifesciences Corp., of Irvine, Calif., aims to challenge that dominance with its Pascal. This week at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference, positive one-year data from the small CLASP study on Pascal were presented, offering a further glimpse of data for comparison.