Below you will find news and press releases from industry, government, and academia regarding product developments and medical/scientific research news.
Urovant Sciences has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for vibegron, a beta-3 adrenergic agonist, for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency. The NDA submission includes data from an extensive clinical development program involving over 4000 patients with OAB. Results from the pivotal 12-week phase 3 EMPOWUR study support the efficacy and safety of vibegron in 1518 patients randomized to receive either vibegron 75mg once daily, placebo, or tolterodine extended-release 4mg once daily. Read more.
Source: MPR, January 2, 2020
Viveve Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVE), a medical technology company focused on women’s intimate health, announced today that it has received approval of its Investigational Testing Application (ITA) from the Canadian Ministry of Health to conduct a three-arm, three-month feasibility study to compare Viveve’s cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency (CMRF) treatment and a cryogen-only sham to an inert sham treatment for the improvement of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. Read more.
Source: Street Insider, December 18, 2019
November 2019 proved to be a fruitful month for urology-specific FDA approvals, with the agency giving the green light to a new drug for complicated urinary tract infection, an implantable device for the treatment of overactive bladder/retention, and a digital product for strengthening of pelvic floor muscles and treatment of urinary incontinence in women. The FDA approved cefiderocol (FETROJA) in patients 18 years of age or older who have limited or no alternative treatment options, for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including pyelonephritis, caused by the following: susceptible Gram-negative microorganisms: Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter cloacae complex. Read more.
Source: Urology Times, December 4, 2019
Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXNX), a medical technology company that has developed and is commercializing novel implantable rechargeable sacral neuromodulation (“SNM”) devices for the treatment of bladder and bowel dysfunction, today announced the approval of the Axonics r-SNM® System by the United States Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) for the clinical indications of overactive bladder (“OAB”) and urinary retention. The FDA premarket approval (“PMA”) grants Axonics the right to market its product in the United States for the clinical indications of OAB (urinary urge incontinence and urinary urge frequency) as well as urinary retention, representing the largest segment of the market for SNM devices. The FDA approval follows the Company’s September approval for the clinical indication of fecal incontinence, which, according to published clinical studies, is a co-morbidity reported by as many as a third of patients presenting with urinary urge incontinence. Read more.
Source: Business Wire, November 14 2019
Since 1989, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has acknowledged individuals who have distinguished themselves through their exemplary investments in the mission of the College and in philanthropy with the Distinguished Philanthropist Award. The Board of Directors of the ACS Foundation will present the 2019 Distinguished Philanthropist Award to Christopher K. Payne, MD, FACS, at its annual Donor Recognition Luncheon Monday. The award recognizes Dr. Payne for his philanthropic endeavors, service to the surgical profession, and long-lasting contributions to the medical community and the ACS. Read more.
Source: American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress News, October 31, 2019
While much of the new product development for adult incontinence today has led to thinner and thinner products for light incontinence, Illinois-based NorthShore Care Supply has focused on bringing innovation and dignity to those who suffer from moderate to heavy incontinence. Witnessing family members struggling to manage their incontinence supplies using traditional retail products is what led Adam Greenberg to start up an adult incontinence business while completing his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2002. “At that that time, it was very confusing to shop for premium adult diapers online as everything sounded and looked the same and there was nobody that could help guide my family through this frustrating and embarrassing process,” says Greenberg, owner and president of NorthShore Care Supply. “So I studied up, and quickly became a diaper expert and was able to translate all the clinical specifications designed for nurses and hospitals into a very user friendly format that put families and patients at ease and made them feel like our products had a good chance to provide them the dignity and security that they’d been searching for.” Read more.
Source: Nonwovens Industry, October 17, 2019
Axonics announced the presentation of detailed one-year results from its ARTISAN rechargeable sacral neuromodulation (r-SMN) pivotal study at a plenary session at the joint scientific meeting of the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). The presentation of positive data, as well as numerous launch activities, highlighted Axonics’ first scientific meeting following the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the Axonics r-SNM System1 in September 2019. During the meeting, more than 350 physicians of the approximate 2,000 at the conference, attended a one-hour symposium at which experienced physician implanters from the ARTISAN-SNM pivotal study discussed their first-hand impressions of the Axonics r-SNM System and post-implant patient feedback. Read more.
Source: Neuro News, October 7, 2019