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Arrow Contemplates Fate Of LVAD Business; WorldHeart, Thoratec Start Trials

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Arrow International's board of directors will assess the future commercial potential of its left-ventricular assist devices at a meeting April 6-7

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WorldHeart RELIANT trial

Oakland, Calif.-based company reported Feb. 21 that 20 clinical centers and 29 patients have enrolled in its RELIANT destination therapy trial, which pits the Novacor pulsatile LVAD against Thoratec's HeartMate. WorldHeart anticipates that the additional centers will accelerate patient enrollment for the 390-patient trial. Thoratec's device is the only LVAD approved as a destination therapy for in the U.S. (1"The Gray Sheet" March 28, 2005, p. 17)...

WorldHeart RELIANT trial

Oakland, Calif.-based company reported Feb. 21 that 20 clinical centers and 29 patients have enrolled in its RELIANT destination therapy trial, which pits the Novacor pulsatile LVAD against Thoratec's HeartMate. WorldHeart anticipates that the additional centers will accelerate patient enrollment for the 390-patient trial. Thoratec's device is the only LVAD approved as a destination therapy for in the U.S. (1"The Gray Sheet" March 28, 2005, p. 17)...

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