Saluda Medical Pty. Ltd., of Artarmon, Australia, made waves in 2019, winning the CE mark for its Evoke closed-loop spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system. The good news kept coming following the publication of results from a pivotal study in The Lancet Neurology.
For biopharma, 2019 can be described as a terrific year – with a few asterisks. The financial markets were flourishing, with venture capital dollars, in particular, flowing to the sector, while dealmaking reached historic proportions. Meanwhile, scientific breakthroughs led the way as cell and gene therapies gained ground, the first signs of success emerged with new technologies like CRISPR and the long-awaited promise of genomics found its way to the front lines of health care.
With little more than a month to go before a trial begins in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against several opioid manufacturers, privately owned Purdue Pharma LP is continuing its efforts to settle with all the plaintiffs involved.
Telehealth and telemedicine have been slow to catch on for a number of reasons, but the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a pilot program to increase the use of telemedicine for low-income Americans and military veterans. While access to broadband services is still an issue for many, the so-called Connected Care Pilot drew support from a range of stakeholders, who argued that telehealth is critical to managing public health crises, such as diabetes and the opioid epidemic.