12 Jun 2019

VICI VENOUS STENT: FDA OKs VICI Venous Stent to treat Iliofemoral obstructive disease

    The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved Boston Scientific’s VICI Venous Stent System for the treatment of iliofemoral venous obstructive disease, which occurs when the flow of blood through the veins located deep in the pelvic region becomes blocked by a blood clot or compressed by anatomical anomalies.

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21 May 2019

HIDDEN FDA REPORTS MASKED THE SCOPE OF WIDESPREAD HARM FROM FAULTY HEART DEVICE

By Christina Jewett Faced with the possibility that a bout of abnormal heartbeats could end his life, in 2006, Dr. Marc Sicklick had a small device implanted in his chest that would shock it back into rhythm. Soon he would struggle with another life-or-death choice: whether to remove the Sprint Fidelis,

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13 Apr 2019

FDA issues ‘concerning signal’ on paclitaxel-coated devices

The FDA said in late March that its preliminary review of long-term follow-up data found a “potentially concerning signal” of increased long-term mortality in people with peripheral artery disease who were treated with paclitaxel-coated devices compared to those treated with bare devices. In a letter to healthcare providers, the FDA

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28 Mar 2019

FDA evaluating stents, balloons with paclitaxel coating following JAHA evaluation

A December study in The Journal of the American Heart Association by Konstantinos Katsanos, MD, of Rion, Greece, et al, reported a higher risk of death after balloons and stents used to open vessels in the legs were coated with an anti-inflammatory chemo agent called paclitaxel. “Further investigations are urgently

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07 Mar 2019

FDA COMMISSIONER SCOTT GOTTLIEB RESIGNS

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, resigned March 5, but will remain in his position until April 5. Dr. Gottlieb, who has led the FDA since May 2017, did not offer a reason for his departure in his resignation letter, although he included: “We were strong

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06 Mar 2019

A ‘FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH’ PILL? ‘Sure, if you are a mouse!’

      By Marisa Taylor Renowned Harvard University geneticist David Sinclair recently made a startling assertion: Scientific data shows he has knocked more than two decades off his biological age. What’s the 49-year-old’s secret? He says his daily regimen includes ingesting a molecule his own research found improved the

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05 Jan 2019

WHEN MEDICINE MAKES PATIENTS SICKER

  By Sydney Lupkin Photos by Heidi de Marco Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months earlier had been

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16 Jul 2018

AVINGER RECEIVES FDA CLEARANCE FOR PANTHERIS DEVICE; SHARES AHEAD 47% PREMARKET

Avinger has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its next generation Pantheris Lumivascular atherectomy system, the first-ever image-guided atherectomy device for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.). Lumivascular is the only technology that combines real-time intravascular imaging with highly effective catheters for the treatment of P.A.D. The Company intends to launch two versions

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26 Mar 2018

SURMODICS GETS FDA OK TO SELL TELEMARK MICROCATHETHETER

  The U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration has given Surmodics clearance to sell its Telemark .014-inch coronary and peripheral support microcatheter. The 510(k) approval allows Surmodics to start shipping a device designed for use in the treatment of peripheral lesions and complex coronary and peripheral lesions. Telemark brings together

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