Global Device Approvals, Weekly Snapshot: FDA Approves Bard’s Venovo Stent; Abbott’s MitraClip Gets Indication-Expansion; Boston Scientific’s Watchman FLX Earns CE Mark
A snapshot of global medical device approvals captured during the past week in Medtech Insight's Approvals Tracker. This week, FDA approved Bard’s Venovo venous stent system for symptomatic iliofemoral venous outflow obstruction, FDA added functional mitral regurgitation to the approved labeling for Abbott’s market-leading MitraClip, and Watchman FLX, Boston Scientific’s next-generation left-atrial appendage closer earned a CE Mark in Europe.
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