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St. Jude Launches Allure Quadra™ CRT-P IPG with Quadripolar Lead Technology

St. Jude Medical today announced CE Mark approval and European launch of its Allure Quadra™ Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Pacemaker (CRT-P), which brings the quadripolar lead technology to the pacemaker market for the first time.  According to the press release: “Quadripolar leads allow for increased implant efficiencies, which clinical data indicates can result in fewer surgical revisions.

 
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Boston Scientific’s Q1 3013 AIMD Results: CRM Down 4%, Neuromodulation Up 6%

Boston Scientific Corporation announced today that it generated sales of $1.761 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $0.16 for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.  These were the results for their AIMD businesses : Cardiac Rhythm Management declined 5% (4% using constant-currency basis) to $478M in Q1 2013 compared to $501M in Q1 2012. Neuromodulation was up

 
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Micromagnetic Stimulation as an Alternative to Electrical Stimulation for Implantable Devices? I don’t think so…

The following captured my attention in the announcement of the 11th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society, “Technology Transforming Chronic Illness Management.” From June 8 – 13, 2013: “Micro-Magnetic Stimulation (Monday, June 10) – John T. Gale, Ph.D., has demonstrated for the first time that deep brain stimulation with micro-magnets can activate brain cells

 
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Impulse Dynamics Launches CE-Marked OPTIMIZER IVs System for the Treatment of Heart Failure

Impulse Dynamics (yes, the company for which I work) launched its new, CE-marked OPTIMIZER™ IVs implantable device for the treatment of heart failure at the 79th Annual Meeting of the German Cardiac Society (Mannheim, Germany, 3–6 April 2013). The OPTIMIZER™ IVs Implantable Pulse Generator (IPG) is a programmable telemetric device intended to treat moderate to severe heart

 
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St. Jude’s Q1 2013 AIMD Results: CRM Down 7%, Neuromodulation Down 4%

St. Jude Medical announced sales results for Q1 2013.  AIMD results from their press release: “Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Total CRM sales, which include implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and pacemaker products, were $678 million for the first quarter of 2013, an 8 percent decrease compared to the first quarter of 2012. After adjusting for the

 
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Boston Scientific Acquires and Launches Fixate Tissue Band for Spinal Cord Stimulator Leads and Pain Pump Catheters

Boston Scientific announced today that it has acquired the fiXate™ Tissue Band and is launching it in the United States.   The fiXate Tissue Band is intended to be an accessory to the leads/catheter component of Spinal Cord Stimulator/Pain Pump systems functioning to secure the lead to the fascia or inter-spinous/supra-spinous ligament.  According to the press release:

 
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Boston Scientific’s Precision Spectra™ 32-Contact SCS Launched in the US

Boston Scientific received FDA approval and is beginning a limited launch of the Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System.  According to the press release: “The Precision Spectra System is the world’s first and only SCS system with Illumina 3D™ software and 32 contacts, and is designed to provide improved pain relief to a wide range

 
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Medtronic’s Fully Implantable Percutaneous Nerve Stimulation (PNS) System for Treatment of Lower Back Pain

In May 2011 Medtronic received the CE Mark for the first 16-electrode, fully implantable system for the percutaneous delivery of peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) in the management of chronic back pain. PNS involves an implant of electrical leads just under the skin of the lower back.  These leads are connected to a stimulator which delivers

 
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St. Jude’s DBS Systems First to Receive CE Mark for Both Primary and Secondary Dystonia

St. Jude Medical announced CE Mark approval of its Brio™, Libra™ and LibraXP™ deep brain stimulation (DBS) systems for managing the symptoms of intractable primary and secondary dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes a person’s muscles to contract and involuntarily spasm, reducing the ability to control movement. This approval represents the first by a

 
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Vibrant’s Vibrating Capsule for Treating Constipation

I know that it’s April 1st, but this post is not an April Fool’s joke.  Israeli company Vibrant Ltd. has developed a vibrating capsule that the Company claims to provide chemical-free and safe treatment for patients suffering from constipation.  According to Vibrant: “The capsules, mechanically operated, aid in treating constipated patients without side effects. Constipation

 
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