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Abbott’s Wallis trial

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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First subject implanted in the U.S. with the firm's Wallis dynamic stabilization spinal implant to treat degenerative disc disease as part of a 340-patient, 20-center clinical trial to support PMA approval. Unlike total disc replacement, such as Johnson & Johnson's Charité, the device does not require an abdominal insertion and does not replace the disc but instead re-routes spinal load through the use of spacers. Abbott acquired Wallis developer Spine Next for $60 mil. in 2004 (1"The Gray Sheet" Nov. 1, 2004, p. 5)...

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