Tag Archives: TAVR

Growing pains: TAVR still in adolescence?

It’s tough to know what’s “normal” for the natural history of a medical device, but it appears the path to maturity for those first-of-a-kind, high-risk circulatory system devices is more drawn out than in times gone by. Now that TCT…

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Dads and Devices: 20 years of med-tech history

Sooner or later, we’ll all know someone who has lost his or her life to heart disease, and today, Sept. 10, 2012, is the 20th anniversary of my father’s passing. George Edward McCarty had undergone a triple bypass several years…

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The implications and future of TAVR

The story of the transcatheter aortic valve implant is well underway thanks to the fact that the Sapien valve, made by Edwards Lifesciences, is on the market, but there is more to this story. Following are three aspects of the…

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TAVR: What it says about FDA and CMS

The story has been out for a while about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), so maybe it’s time to project into the future. Before we head there, however, we should revisit the past. The pivotal event in this story is…

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Being there first: Personalized medicine and the investor

I don’t directly invest in med-tech, but attending Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics for five years makes me wonder how an investor separates winners and losers. I know TCT 2011 has both, but which are which? Asking about the patient population is…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Third-party coverage requests

As a member of the trade press, I get a kick out of how routinely some people in the mainstream media and the population at large routinely assume that device makers are driven by greed and that doctors are morally…

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Top Five Things to Watch for in 2011

In the world of diagnostic and therapeutic devices, 2011 has already been a busy year, but a third of the year remains. There are still numerous developments that will trigger cheer and jeers, depending on where you sit. This is…

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FDA to small firms: Thanks but no thanks

There’s nothing like having siblings who are several years older and in their teens. You admire them for being so mature and so big. When you wanted to hang out with them, though, maybe they told you to buzz off….

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TAVR looked upon as next med-tech blockbuster, but is it ready for primetime?

It’s easy to understand the excitement about the PARTNER trial, sponsored by Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, California), the company that makes the much talked about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device, called the Sapien. After all, given the choice between open…

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