Starts & Stops: 2017 Finishes With Progress For Edwards, Stalled Trials For Boston Scientific
Starts & Stops is a regular feature highlighting Medtech Insight's monthly picks of noteworthy clinical trial announcements, initiations, completions, and suspensions. The list for December is headlined by announcements on Edwards' transcatheter valve technologies. Meanwhile, MValve, a company Boston Scientific has invested in, is not going forward with a planned trial of its MValve dock device with Boston Scientific's Lotus valve, which is currently off the market.
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Edwards Lifesciences is giving up on the Centera transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), despite promising clinical results, to focus on its Sapien TAVR line. The company reported overall revenue of $1.1bn in the second quarter of 2019, representing 14% year-over-year growth, driven by 18% growth in sales of Sapien systems.
One-month results from the CLASP trial, presented at the German Cardiology Meeting (DGK), show Edwards’ Pascal mitral valve repair device reduces mitral regurgitation in heart failure patients with moderate to severe mitral regurgitation.
US FDA has approved Medtronic's plan for the SPYRAL HTN Pivotal Trial, part of the SPYRAL HTN Global Clinical Program. SPYRAL HTN is a multi-phased clinical study strategy to establish the safety and efficacy of renal denervation with the Symplicity Spyral system to reduce blood pressure in patients with uncontrolled hypertension. The Spyral device and procedure, as well as the design of the SPYRAL HTN clinical trial, reflect lessons learned from SYMPLICITY HTN-3, the first sham-controlled trial of renal denervation, which famously failed to show a benefit of the procedure.