Healthcare Industry News: INSIGHTEC
News Release - April 7, 2009
FDA Approves Label Change for Non-Invasive Fibroid TreatmentLabel Allows Doctors to Use ExAblate(R) to Treat up to 100% of Uterine Fibroid Volume
Label Change Based on Data Showing Greater Long-Term Symptom Reduction Following More Complete Fibroid Treatment
TIRAT CARMEL, Israel, April 7 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- INSIGHTEC Ltd. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a label change for the company's ExAblateŽ 2000 MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) system for the treatment of women with non-hysteroscopically resectable uterine fibroids. Under the new labeling, the agency allows physicians to treat up to 100% of the fibroid compared to its previous restriction to only treat up to half the fibroid tissue.
"In allowing doctors to destroy the entire fibroid, we believe the FDA has demonstrated further confidence in the safety and efficacy of the non-invasive ExAblate system," said Haywood L. Brown, MD, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Duke Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.
The FDA label change was based on a growing body of evidence supporting the system's safety and efficacy, including the results of a study published in the August 2007 edition of Obstetrics and Gynecology demonstrating that patients experience longer and improved symptom reduction as a greater volume of the fibroid is destroyed.
"We're extremely pleased that the FDA approved this important label change and believe this underscores the safety of our system, the only non-invasive treatment for uterine fibroids available today," said Dr. Kobi Vortman, President and Chief Executive Officer of INSIGHTEC. "We remain committed to continuously expanding our treatment indications and applications through research. An ongoing research study is evaluating the potential of treating fibroids with the ExAblate system to enhance fertility when other potential causes of women's infertility have been ruled out. The study will compare birth rates of women who underwent ExAblate treatment to those who had a surgical myomectomy."
"Evidence supports removing fibroids that distort the uterine cavity to increase pregnancy rates and decrease the rates of miscarriage," Dr. Brown added. This trial tests the premise in women who have not been eligible for minimally invasive treatment.
The Fertility Enhancement study is being conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; Willowbend Health and Wellness in Plano, Texas; and Focused Ultrasound Northwest in Renton, Washington. For more information on the study please visit http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/
To date, INSIGHTEC has reported 54 pregnancies, 22 deliveries with 11 ongoing pregnancies with women who previously underwent the ExAblate procedure.
About ExAblateŽ 2000
ExAblate is the first system to use the MR guided focused ultrasound technology that combines MRI - to visualize the body anatomy, plan the treatment and monitor treatment outcome in real time - and high intensity focused ultrasound to thermally ablate tumors inside the body non-invasively. MR thermometry, provided uniquely by the system, allows the physician to control and adjust the treatment in real time to ensure that the targeted tumor is fully treated and surrounding tissue is spared. The ExAblate system was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004 as a treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids. Over 4,500 women have been treated worldwide to date. ExAblateŽ 2000 received the European CE Mark certification for pain palliation of bone metastases in June 2007.
INSIGHTEC Ltd. is a privately held company owned by Elbit Imaging, General Electric, MediTech Advisors, LLC and employees. It was founded in 1999 to develop the breakthrough MR guided Focused Ultrasound technology and transform it into the next generation operating room. Headquartered near Haifa, Israel, the company has over 160 employees and has invested more than $120 million in research, development, and clinical investigations. Its U.S. headquarters are located in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please go to: http://www.INSIGHTEC.com/
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