The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare added Concentric Medical Inc.’s Merci Retriever to its list of covered products and treatments for ischemic stroke.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based neuro-interventional product maker claims to be the first company to offer a device treatment for stroke patients in Japan. Its Retriever device is comprised of a catheter-based system that doctors use to remove blood clots from the brains of ischemic stroke patients.
Tokyo-based medical device supplier Century Medical Inc. is Concentric’s exclusive distributor in Japan. The companies collaborated on the approval and reimbursement processes for the Merci device.