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Yet again, US FDA holds off watchman approval for Boston

This article was originally published in Clinica

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US approval of the Watchman stroke prevention device remains out of reach for its manufacturer, Boston Scientific, after the US FDA asked for another advisory panel meeting – the third since 2009. While Leerink analyst Danielle Antalffy believes premarket approval of the left atrial appendage closure device is not a complete write-off, Boston has said that the decision will delay the launch to, at earliest, the first half of 2015.

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