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Will Watchman Prevail With FDA? Boston Scientific’s LAA Closure Trial Raises Questions, Controversy

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The PREVAIL study of Boston Scientific’s Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device was primarily positive, but will it be enough to win FDA approval for the device?

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