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Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for InterStim X™ System

Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), a global leader in healthcare technology, today announced it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for InterStim X™ ― the next generation of the InterStim™ portfolio’s recharge-free device – and it is available immediately. InterStim systems are the standard of care in advanced therapy options, and the most personalized system, to deliver sacral neuromodulation (SNM) therapy. Now the only SNM system backed by 90+ clinical studies, 1,000+ clinical articles, 350,000 patients treated and 25 years of experience, also offers patients a decade or more of treatment with either the new recharge-free InterStim X device, or the rechargeable InterStim™ Micro device. Both devices are used in the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB), chronic fecal incontinence (FI), and non-obstructive urinary retention. Read more.

Source: PRNewswire, February 22, 2022

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FDA Grants Breakthrough Device Designation to leva System for Chronic Fecal Incontinence

The FDA has granted a breakthrough device designation to the leva Digital Therapeutic System for use as a first-line treatment in women with chronic fecal incontinence (FI) in women, according to Renovia, the developer of the device. The breakthrough device designation will expedite the development and regulatory review of this treatment system in female patients with FI. Benefits of the designation include priority review from the FDA for clinical trial protocols and commercialization decisions, and potentially facilitating Medicare reimbursement if the FDA approves the device. Read more.

Source: Urology Times, November 1, 2021

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Stewartville Plant Creates New Solution to an Old Problem

Automated machines quietly raise and lower trays of liquid silicone, water and a paraffin-like material in a Stewartville facility to create a new solution to an age-old medical condition that afflicts an estimated 2 percent of the world’s population. Multiple, carefully monitored dips create trays of 400 silicone inserts with a small bubble of liquid in four minutes. The inserts then move on to packaging to eventually be shipped to Minnesota Medical Technologies’ waiting customers in a growing number of countries. Designed by and created by a local team led by brothers Jim and Philip Conway, the patented myMiracle device is a small, lubricated anal insert to be used as a simple and discreet way to treat fecal incontinence.  Read more.

Source: Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn., August 7, 2021

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Stewartville Medical Device Maker Lands big European Deal

A Stewartville firm, which makes medical devices to control fecal incontinence, took a major step forward this week with a deal to bring its products to European markets. Minnesota Medical Technologies, founded in 2015 under the leadership of Jim and Philip Conway, has signed an agreement with Sweden-based Wellspect Healthcare to distribute Minnesota Medical’s fecal incontinence insert throughout Europe. The myMiracle device is made of soft silicone, with a bulb that encapsulates liquid, so the insert conforms to the patient’s body for comfort and to create a seal. A typical patient might use about 500 of the one-time-use products a year. Read more.

Source: Post Bulletin, February 25, 2021

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InterStim Micro Neurostimulator and SureScan MRI Leads Cleared in Europe for Incontinence Control

Medtronic won EU regulatory clearance to introduce its InterStim Micro neurostimulator and InterStim SureScan MRI leads. The devices are used to deliver sacral neuromodulation therapy to treat overactive bladder (OAB), fecal incontinence, and non-obstructive urinary retention.  The InterStim Micro is a much tinier version of Medtronic’s InterStim II neuromodulator, as it is 80% smaller, but it is a rechargeable device with an expected longevity of about 15 years. This is made possible partially thanks to so-called Overdrive technology that lets the battery maintain almost its full capacity to recharge throughout its working life. Read more.

Source: Medgadget, January 13, 2020

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Bioness StimRouter Cleared in Europe to Treat Fecal Incontinence

Bioness, a Valencia, California firm, won European regulatory approval for its StimRouter neuromodulation system to treat fecal incontinence.  Previously cleared in the EU as a tool for managing chronic pain and overactive bladder, the new indication significantly expands the stated capabilities of this novel neuromodulation system. For the management of fecal incontinence, the StimRouter system targets the tibial nerve near the ankle. This is achieved thanks to a tiny implant and an external pulse transmitter patch that’s stuck to the skin over where the electronic lead implant is positioned. The entire outpatient procedure takes about thirty minutes to complete and relies on local anesthesia. Read more.

Source: Medgadget, January 8, 2020

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Axonics® Announces U.S. Food & Drug Administration Approval for its Sacral Neuromodulation System

Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXNX), a medical technology company that has developed and is commercializing a novel implantable rechargeable sacral neuromodulation (“SNM”) device for the treatment of urinary and bowel dysfunction, today announced the approval of the Axonics r-SNM® System by the United States Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”). The Axonics System is the first rechargeable SNM system approved for sale in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.  The FDA approval grants Axonics the right to market its product in the United States for the clinical indication of fecal incontinence. The approval includes the claim of a 15-year functional life and the ability of patients to undergo full-body MRI scans without the necessity of having the device explanted.  Axonics has an additional pre-market approval (“PMA”) filing currently under review with the FDA for the clinical indications of overactive bladder (urinary urgency incontinence and urinary urgency frequency) as well as urinary retention for which the Company anticipates a determination in the near term. Read more.

Source: Business Wire, September 9, 2019

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Axonics® Submits Pivotal Clinical Data to U.S. Food & Drug Administration for its Sacral Neuromodulation System

Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXNX) a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of novel implantable Sacral Neuromodulation (“SNM”) devices for the treatment of urinary and bowel dysfunction, today announced the submission of pivotal clinical data from the ARTISAN-SNM pivotal clinical study designed to gain marketing approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) for the Axonics r-SNM® System1.  The ARTISAN-SNM study is a 129-patient single-arm, prospective, multi-center, unblinded pivotal clinical study approved under an FDA Investigational Device Exemption (“IDE”) to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Axonics r-SNM System for urinary dysfunction.  Read more.

Source: Business Wire, February 26, 2019

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Axonics Sacral Neuromodulation for Urinary and Fecal Dysfunctions Cleared for MRI in Europe

Axonics, based in Irvine, California, won European regulatory approval for MRI conditional labeling for its sacral neuromodulation (SNM) system for treatment of overactive bladder, urinary retention, and fecal incontinence. The Axonics SNM system is now compatible, given certain precautions, with 1.5 Tesla and 3 Tesla MRI scanners. It is the only SNM system cleared in Europe with such labeling. The implant is rechargeable, and so can be used for much longer periods than similar devices that have to be replaced with fresh batteries. The company promises a lifetime of up to 15 years, Axionics claims is three times longer than Medtronic’s InterStim. Additionally, it’s 60% smaller. Read more.

Source: Medgadget, February 26, 2019

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Topical Gel Gets Fast-Tracked for Fecal Incontinence in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to RDD-0315, a novel topical gel for the treatment of fecal incontinence in spinal cord injury patients.  RDD-0315 contains the alpha-agonist oxymetazoline in a topical gel formulation; it works by contracting the internal anal sphincter muscle. In a randomized, controlled crossover study involving 19 patients with spinal cord injury, the investigational gel was found to be beneficial, due to the local effect of oxymetazoline; a statistically significant reduction in the number of fecal incontinence episodes was observed 8 hours and 12 hours post-administration. Read more.

Source: MPR, February 15, 2019