Pavmed files FDA 510(k) for CarpX carpal tunnel device

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Pavmed (NSDQ:PAVM) said today it filed a 510(k) application with the FDA for its CarpX minimally invasive device designed to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.

The CarpX is a percutaneous device designed to allow the operating physician to relieve compression of the median nerve without a surgical incision. The system combines a balloon catheter with bipolar radio-frequency cutting electrodes and is positioned through guidance with ultrasound, the company said.

“I have had the opportunity to use Pavmed’s highly innovative CarpX device in pre-submission testing and am very impressed with its performance. As a busy hand surgeon, I strongly believe that CarpX will be a game-changer in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, providing patients with a much less invasive option and significantly shorter recovery times than traditional open carpal tunnel surgery. I eagerly await CarpX’s regulatory clearance and the opportunity to offer this ground-breaking innovation to my patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome,” Dr. David Kelly of Gilbert, Ariz.’s Center for Dermatology and Plastic Surgery said in a press release.

Upon activation, the CarpX device creates a space within the tunnel to confirm the nerve is protected from the cutting electrode and decompresses the median nerve by dividing the transverse carpal ligament.

“We designed CarpX to closely mimic the anatomic results of traditional invasive carpal tunnel surgery but to do so much less invasively, using catheters, balloons, radiofrequency energy and other established tools that have contributed to the percutaneous and minimally invasive revolutions in the treatment of other conditions. Our balloon catheter device is designed to be inserted under the scarred ligament in a minimally invasive fashion, while pushing the nerve and tendons away. When activated, bipolar radiofrequency electrodes precisely cut the ligament from the inside out in a matter of seconds. The device design provides physicians with ongoing feedback to optimize the safety and completeness of the procedure,” Pavmed chief medical officer Dr. Brian deGuzman said in prepared remarks.

Pavmed said it is hopeful that the CarpX device can decrease costs and move procedures out of operating rooms, as well as decreasing postoperative pain and hospital stays before patients can return to their day-to-day lives.

“We are very excited to have reached this most important milestone in Pavmed’s corporate history. CarpX has become the most commercially promising and clinically exciting product in our pipeline and we believe it will revolutionize the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, a widely prevalent condition that exacts a significant clinical and economic burden on society in the U.S. and worldwide. Based on epidemiological and market research data we estimate CarpX’s addressable market opportunity to exceed $1 billion,” Pavmed chair & CEO Dr. Lishan Aklog said in a prepared statement. “As with all of our products, CarpX’s development and regulatory testing were performed using our unique business model focused on speed to market and capital efficiency. We are proud to have achieved this milestone within a timeframe and with capital expenditures to date that beat our model’s benchmarks. We believe we have assembled a strong submission and are targeting clearance in the first half of 2018. Upon successful regulatory clearance, we anticipate an aggressive commercialization strategy using well-established independent sales channels targeting the appropriate physician specialties.”

Earlier this month, Pavmed saw shares rise after the medical device maker beat expectations on Wall Street with its third quarter results

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