St. Jude Medical, Inc. has announced approval from the U.S. FDA for the Allure Quadra™ Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Pacemaker (CRT-P), which provides additional pacing innovations for physicians to treat patients with heart failure. The company also announced FDA approvals for the Assurity™ pacemaker and Endurity™ pacemaker families of devices.
Back in early 2013 we covered the story of the CE marking of the Allure Quadra CRT-P and the Assurity and Endurity pacemakers. Now approved for sale in the U.S. the devices will be launched stateside by the end of the first quarter in 2014.
The Allure Quadra CRT-P system brings quadripolar lead technology to the U.S. pacemaker market for the first time. Quadripolar technology facilitates additional pacing configurations within the heart that offer physicians options not available in traditional bipolar systems. These additional options help physicians to manage common pacing complications without exposing the patient to additional surgeries for lead repositioning.
The Allure family of devices also offers enhanced heart failure (HF) diagnostics that can help with patient monitoring and offer insights into disease progression and management. Device information from the Allure Quadra CRT-P is automatically transmitted to the secure St. Jude Medical website, Merlin.net™ Patient Care Network (PCN) as well as to the patient’s electronic health record, where the information can be viewed by medical professionals.
St. Jude says the Assurity and Endurity pacemakers are designed for longevity and feature a smaller, physician-inspired shape, early notification of atrial fibrillation-related events and pacing that helps reduce HF-related hospitalizations. Available as a single or dual chamber pacemaker (pacing either one or both chambers of the heart), both pacemakers provide a higher level of care at implant and through patient’s lives. The Assurity pacemaker uses RF technology to automatically transmit device data to a physician or care team without any action by the patient. The Endurity pacemaker uses inductive telemetry to rapidly provide device data during interrogation. Both pacemakers are supported by the Merlin.net™ Patient Care Network (PCN) website for remote patient management.
“Adding the clinical benefits of quadripolar technology to pacemakers will expand the benefits of this therapy to patients. These features and additional pacing options will allow me to provide better care to patients diagnosed with heart failure and reduce the need for repeat procedures, especially for those patients who have been historically hard to treat due to tissue damage in their heart.,” said Dr. Raffaele Corbisiero, chair of electrophysiology and pacing and director of the Electromechanical Therapy Institute at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J. “This could have economic benefits as well due to fewer readmissions for heart failure-related events.”
“St. Jude Medical is the leader in quadripolar pacing technology, provided in our high voltage CRT-D devices since 2009. In International markets where the Allure Quadra CRT pacemaker is available, we experience strong demand and significant share capture as the technology has become the standard of care for many physicians,” said Eric S. Fain, M.D., group president at St. Jude Medical. “Through product offerings like the Allure Quadra CRT-P and the Assurity and Endurity pacemakers, we continue to deliver innovation through a full continuum of pacemaker options.”
Source: St. Jude Medical, Inc., Business Wire