Approval of HDE Will Allow Up to 4,000 U.S. Patients Not Eligible for Transplant to Receive the Total Artificial Heart on a Permanent Basis
SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) designation for the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart to be used for destination therapy in addition to its current PMA approval as a bridge to transplant.
“This is a huge milestone that with approval of our HDE, will allow the Total Artificial Heart to save the lives of up to 4,000 U.S. patients each year who are not eligible for transplant,” said Michael Garippa, SynCardia Chairman/CEO/President.
The FDA approval letter of the HUD request designates the Total Artificial Heart for use in U.S. patients “at risk of imminent death from non-reversible biventricular heart failure who are not eligible for cardiac transplant and have a body surface area (BSA) of ≥ 1.7m2.” SynCardia is preparing a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) to submit to the FDA.
“Historically, the Total Artificial Heart had been limited to temporary use because U.S. patients couldn’t leave the hospital with the 400-pound driver,” said Garippa. “However, the new 13.5-pound Freedom® portable driver* has leveled the playing field in mechanical circulatory support. By making patient discharge possible, the Freedom driver has made the Total Artificial Heart a viable option to support patients for the rest of their lives while allowing hospitals to make the best choice for each individual patient based on their medical needs”… read more
The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is approved as a
bridge-to-transplant for people dying from irreversible, end-stage biventricular failure.
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