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The company’s leadership discussed its recent investments in robotic surgery technology during Johnson & Johnson’s 2019 fourth-quarter earnings call on 22 January. The company will provide more information on its robotic surgery platforms at its investors meeting in May in New York.
Three-month results from a 94-patient randomized trial of Medtronic’s Intellis spinal cord stimulation system showed superior back-pain relief with the differential target multiplexed waveform compared to conventional spinal cord stimulation.
The US FDA approved fewer novel devices in 2019 than in 2018, despite a slight increase in original PMA approvals. De novo clearances were down significantly after four straight years of increases, while panel-track PMA supplements and 510(k) clearances also declined from the 2018 totals.
NANS 2020: SPR Therapeutics' Nerve Stimulation System Provides 12-Month Pain Relief After 60-Day Treatment
SPR Therapeutics said its SPRINT neurostimulation technology achieved a 63% reduction in average pain intensity in patients with chronic low back pain.
The 500-patient REPAIR MR trial will evaluate Abbott’s MitraClip mitral valve repair device in patients who would face moderate risk during open heart surgery. MitraClip is currently approved only for patients who are not surgical candidates.
Device Week, 17 January 2020 – FDA's Amy Abernethy Describes Medtech's Future; Researchers Want More Oversight Of Robotic Surgery
In this edition of Device Week, Medtech Insight's Marion Webb discusses her experiences at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including her interview with Amy Abernethy, who is the US Food and Drug Administration's principal deputy commissioner. Deputy editor Reed Miller discusses a recent study from the University of Michigan that suggests the growth of robotic-assisted surgery may be outpacing the evidence to support that technology.