FDA Device Panel Delivers Thumbs Up For Breakthrough Heart-Failure Device
A US FDA panel overwhelmingly supported a heart-failure device designed to use cardiac contractility modulation to improve heart function. The Optimizer Smart system from Impulse Dynamics is apparently the first in FDA’s Breakthrough Devices program to go before an advisory panel.
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