Boston Scientific Corp. said it is initiating a global, voluntary recall of all unused inventory of the Lotus Edge aortic valve system, blaming complexities associated with the product delivery system. The Marlborough, Mass.-based company emphasized that the valve itself continues to achieve positive and clinically effective performance post-implant. However, because of the time and investment needed to develop and reintroduce a delivery system, the company believes it is necessary to retire the entire Lotus platform immediately.
The history of TAVR devices is evolutionary as much as it is revolutionary, or that is at least the take-away from an Oct. 15 virtual session comparing the Acurate Neo device by Boston Scientific Corp., of Marlborough, Mass., with the Corevalve Evolut R by Dublin-based Medtronic plc.
Boston Scientific Corp. reported the controlled launch of its Acurate Neo2 aortic valve system in Europe. The next-generation transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) technology extends the clinical performance of the original Acurate Neo platform and includes an expanded indication for patients with aortic stenosis.
SAN FRANCISCO – As the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) field matures, it is becoming increasingly difficult to develop a new implant that can distinguish itself vs. competitors. The incremental benefits are narrowing rapidly, making it tough to distinguish new iterations from one another using standard, randomized trials.