Abbott ABT recently received FDA approval for its pioneering AVEIR dual chamber (DR) leadless pacemaker system. The approval comes following the recent late-breaking clinical trial data showing that the system is safe and effective for treating abnormal heart rhythms.
The latest development significantly increases access to leadless pacing for millions of people across the United States.
Significance of AVEIR DR Devices
The AVEIR DR leadless pacing system is made up of two devices — the previously approved AVEIR VR single-chamber device, which paces the right ventricle, and the recently approved AVEIR AR single-chamber device, which paces the right atrium. Smaller than the AAA battery, each AVEIR pacemaker is implanted via a minimally invasive procedure.
AVEIR DR devices provide synchronized or coordinated cardiac pacing between two leadless pacemakers based on the person's clinical needs using Abbott's novel i2i (implant-to-implant) technology. The breakthrough technology utilizes high-frequency pulses to relay messages via the naturally conductive characteristics of the body's blood between each leadless pacemaker.
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Each implant communicates beat-to-beat with a paired, co-implanted device to support dual-chamber therapy. This conductive communication is critical because it uses far less battery current than inductive, radio frequency or Bluetooth communication.
AVEIR leadless pacemakers are designed for retrieval, which will help if therapy needs to be changed or the device needs to be replaced in the future.
News in Detail
With more than 80% of people requiring pacing in both the right atrium and the right ventricle, the currently available leadless pacing options have been limited to single-chamber ventricular devices. This stems from the significant engineering challenge of seamless, wireless synchronization of two leadless pacemakers.
The AVEIR DR system, which is roughly one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker, is also designed to provide real-time pacing analysis. This enables physicians to assess the proper placement of the device during the procedure and before implanting the device inside the heart chamber.
Per a Research report, the global leadless cardiac pacemaker market is expected to witness a CAGR of 17.2% by 2028.
In June, Abbott announced a collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, to gain a deeper understanding of the role of Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems in personalized therapeutic nutrition for people with diabetes.
During the same month, ABT’s FreeStyle Libre 2 system became the first and only CGM system to be nationally reimbursed in France for people who use basal insulin.
In the past six months, Abbott shares have decreased 4.2% against the industry’s rise of 3.2%.
Zacks Rank and Other Key Picks
Abbott currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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