Disappointing enrollment experiences led Medtronic to suspend its Impasse trial, an angiography study of pelvic anatomy as associated with erectile dysfunction, which was intended to include 350 patients.
Stent makers came out in force for the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting in Miami this week, touting results of clinical studies of next-generation drug-eluting stents and new designs with bioresorbable polymers.
With new and next-generation stents gaining ground over their forebears, the stent wars don’t look to be letting up anytime soon.
The battle continued at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting this week, where pooled results from a pair of studies further affirmed that next-generation drug-eluting stents demonstrate better safety and efficiency at 1 year compared to bare-metal stents.
Researchers combined data from the Examination and Comfortable AMI studies, which comprised a total of more than 2,600 patients, to look for larger trends in the DES vs. BMS battle.
Stent maker Stentys SA (EPA:STNT) won FDA investigational device exemption to launch its 1st U.S. clinical trial of its Self-Apposing stent that it hopes to use in support of a premarketing approval bid.
The announcement was made as the company, in a separate release, unveiled interim results of its Apposition III trial during the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference in Miami this week.
Minneapolis health giant Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) unveiled new findings from its CoreValve Advance study, showing a 1-year survival rate of 82.1% and improved health-rated quality of life at 1 and 6 months.
Medtronic’s CoreValve device is a self-expanding heart valve prosthetic that can be delivered via catheter rather than through surgery.
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Volcano Corp.’s (NSDQ:VOLC) instant wave-Free Ratio coronary lesion detector proved highly effective at diagnosing coronary lesions, according to the results of the company’s Advise trials.
The instant wave-Free Ratio (iFR) system, under investigational device exemption in the U.S., aims to provide a pharmaceutical-free alternative to the gold standard fractional flow reserve (FFR) method for assessing narrowed blood vessels.