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Stemless Humeral and Inlay Glenoid Implants: An Interview with Dr. Gregory Nicholson

By Lisa Mahan on 4/13/20 9:30 AM

New research shows excellent results for anatomic TSA using a stemless humeral component with an inlay glenoid. Dr. Gregory Nicholson gives the breakdown on the research, indications, market acceptance and limitations. 

In the market for total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA), younger, active patients with degenerative conditions of the glenohumeral joint are a unique and more complicated population for surgeons to treat with TSA. Challenges in treating this cohort include higher functional demands that can lead to implant wear and failure. However, a recent study suggests a new implant design might be a good option these types of patients, potentially filling a treatment gap and expanding the market for TSA.

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Q419/FY19 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap: Solid Growth

By Doug Devens on 4/10/20 10:18 AM

The US market for Hemostats and Sealants grew +5.8% YoY in Q419, comparable to its +6.2% growth in Q319, with continued strength in fibrin sealants and good growth in absorbable hemostats.

As reported in SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, the US Hemostats and Sealants market maintained a solid growth rate of +5.8% in Q419 and grew +5.7% YoY. Leading the way in Q419 was Becton Dickinson (BD),  as its relaunch of Progel continued its resurgence. Baxter also posted strong gains.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q419/FY19 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap* are:

Topics: Wound Care
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Q419/FY19 Trauma Market Recap: Comps & Pricing Pressure Dampens Growth

By Natasha Weeks on 4/8/20 9:42 AM

Tough comps and pricing pressure dampen growth during Q419

According to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, the WW Trauma Market posted +2.8% growth, down from Q3, while the US achieved growth of +3.8%, also down from Q3. Trauma market leader DePuy Synthes (48.6% US Q4 share) reported while sales were down compared to Q319, gains were driven by overall market growth and strong adoption of their Femoral Neck System.

Tough comparisons, both YoY and sequentially, impacted the Q419 Trauma Market. The US pricing environment remains relatively steady as DePuy Synthes noted pricing pressure of -2.0%, in line with their Q2 and Q3 pricing (Q1 was -2.5%). Zimmer Biomet’s SET pricing improved in Q4 at -1.8% vs. Q3’s -2.0%. BioMedGPS believes 2019 pricing trended at -2.0 to -2.5%.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q419/FY19 Trauma Market Recap* are:

Topics: Orthopedics
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COVID-19: MedTech Confronts the Pandemic

By Thomas Wallick on 4/6/20 3:50 PM

Covid-19 continues to spread across the globe, and, like the rest of the world, the MedtTech industry is strategizing the best ways to deal with the pandemic. SmartTRAK's analysts continue to monitor the effect COVID-19 is having on the Life Sciences industry, sifting through the noise to present the most relevant news to its subscribers and report on the impact the global healthcare crisis is having on the industry at large.

Following is a selection of the COVID-19 updates from the past week as compiled by the analysts at SmartTRAK:

OTA COVID-19 Webinar

  • OTA Special Webinar COVID-19: Preparedness in Orthopaedic Trauma OTA Panel Discussion was held 4/2/10. Panel included 9 OTA Trauma surgeons. For a recording of the Webinar, go to: COVID-19: Preparedness in Orthopaedic Trauma OTA Panel Discussion.
  • As a result of COVID-19 and stay at home orders, trauma surgeons are seeing a definite decrease in volumes, with polytrauma being almost negligible in certain cities. Geriatric fractures have decreased but to a lesser extent according to the OTA COVID-19 Webinar discussion.
  • According to the OTA webinar panel discussions, trauma surgeons are taking resource allocation into consideration when assessing fracture care of the clavicle, humeral shaft or fibula and deciding whether to treat conservatively vs. operate in areas with COVID-19 surges.

COVID-19 Risks to Clinical Trials
The impact of COVID-19 has been immense. This article reviews eight significant risks COVID-19 poses to clinical trials and how to mitigate them.

COVID-19: Projections of Peak and Procedure Returns
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is now projecting lower overall hospital resource needs in the US and predicts the peak will be April 15. Based on this, WFS estimates elective procedures will be depressed through June.

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Q419/FY19 Orthobio Market Recap: Decelerating Growth

By Kim French on 4/3/20 9:46 AM

Surprises lead to deceleration of overall Orthobio growth

For Q419, US Orthobio market growth (comprised of Bone, Cartilage, Soft Tissue and Meniscus Replacement implants) was flat at 0.3%. FY19 grew 4.2% over 2018. Both Q4 and FY19 did see shifts within the market. The double-digit growth of Cartilage and Wright’s AUGMENT was offset by lower than expected sales in InfuseCartiva SCI and soft tissue augmentation. For 2019, Medtronic remained the overall US market leader, followed by DePuy Synthes and Stryker.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q419/FY19 OrthoBio Market Recap* are:

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COVID-19: Increasing Impact on the Life Sciences Industry

By Thomas Wallick on 3/30/20 1:11 PM

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, the MedTech industry is continuing to see a multitude of changes and disruptions worldwide. SmartTRAK's analysts continue to monitor the effect COVID-19 is having on the Life Sciences industry, sifting through the noise to present the most relevant news to its subscribers and report on the impact the global healthcare crisis is having on the industry at large.

Following is a selection of the COVID-19 updates from the past week as compiled by SmartTRAK:

Surgeon Survey: COVID-19 Impact

  • A survey of 50 orthopedic surgeons reported ~40% are still seeing both new and existing pts, while a third is only seeing pts for emergency or urgent issues. Telemedicine adoption has accelerated w/ 32% of survey takers noting some recent use. Canaccord Genuity Industry Report
  • According to a 50-surgeon survey, postponements of orthopedic procedures have led to a sharp decline in pt volumes, w/ respondents indicating a 58% avg decline in March and an anticipated 77% avg decline in April. Canaccord Genuity Industry Report
  • According to a 50-surgeon survey, 60% indicated that their organizations had already made formal decisions to defer or postpone orthopedic procedures, w/ ~33% indicating that over 90% of their entire practice was deferrable. Canaccord Genuity Industry Report

COVID-19: NV Procedure Impact
  • SmartTRAK physician checks suggest elective procedure volumes for aneurysm cases will pick up in H219, assuming social isolation and other non- pharmaceutical interventions effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19 and healthcare demand.
  • SmartTRAK is hearing from neurointerventionalists that COVID-19 is affecting elective procedure volumes for aneurysm cases, but those patients are being rescheduled—not canceled. Mechanical thrombectomy procedures have not been impacted to date.
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Q419/FY19 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap: Robust Growth

By Doug Devens on 3/27/20 9:49 AM

The US Surgical Matrices Market showed robust growth in Q419, improving on Q319. Breast matrices rebounded from its Q319 malaise, while hernia matrices grew YoY.

In Q419, the US Surgical Matrices Market grew +8.5% YoY, and was up +4.2% for FY19 according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Allergan broke out of its  Alloderm supply constraints, and Becton Dickinson (BD) also did quite well.
  • Q419 Breast Matrices market found its groove again, up YoY. For FY19 Breast Matrices grew well, despite several weak quarters.
  • Q419 US Hernia Matrices market increased its growth, with the highest growth rate in biosynthetics and with both xenografts and allografts showing surprising strength. For the year, Hernia Matrices edged up.
  • Allergan beat its supply constraints and maintained its leadership of the Breast Matrices market, as Alloderm returned to the market in force. For the full year, Allergan slid due to those Alloderm supply problems.
  • BD maintained its No. 1 position in the Q419 Hernia Matrices market.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q419/FY19 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

Topics: Wound Care
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Q419/FY19 Extremities Market Recap: Healthy Competition

By Lisa Mahan on 3/26/20 9:30 AM

Healthy competition ignited by new product intros propels extremities arthroplasty while fixation runs into tough comps along with a lack of new product drivers

Topics: Orthopedics
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A Critical Crossroads for COVID-19: An Interview with Krishnan Chakravarthy

By Anne Staylor on 3/23/20 6:06 PM

Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD discusses the state of the pandemic and its impact on pain medicine in an interview with SmartTRAK

Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD discusses the COVID-19 pandemic, current and evolving methods for containing and treating the virus, how it's changing the practice of pain medicine and its impact on industry in an interview with SmartTRAK. Dr. Chakravarthy is Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force for the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN), a virologist, pain management specialist and assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 

To find out more, including lessons learned from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, click on the following video to listen to the interview conducted by Anne Staylor, SmartTRAK's Managing Editor and Director of Advanced Technologies, recorded live via Uberconference (47:29 minutes).  Specific interview topics by time code are also outlined below, as is a link to download the transcript.

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SmartTRAK COVID-19 Updates: Early Effects on the MedTech Industry

By Thomas Wallick on 3/19/20 2:00 PM

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop rapidly, the MedTech industry is already seeing many changes and disruptions. SmartTRAK has collected updates and news from the last few days concerning the spread of COVID-19 and how it is affecting the Life Sciences Industry.

COVID-19 AWCS

  • Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders (AWCS) held an emergency call to discuss hospital wound care clinics being considered non-essential and being asked to close due to COVID-19. Participants included wound clinics, providers and manufactures.
  • Medical Directors from Healogics and Restorix, and other wound clinics requested the AWCS publish a one page fact sheet asap stating the importance of wound clinics staying open for challenging pts, as w/o care, the probability of needing emergency care increases significantly.

ACS Issues Decision-Making Guidance on Elective Procedures
With calls to curtail elective surgery, the ACS published guidance on the mgmt of non-emergent operations and suggests surgeons use SLU’s Elective Surgery Acuity Scale to help decide whether procedures should be postponed, performed at an ASC or not postponed.

Tracking COVID-19 via Smart Phones
The US Government is talking w/ tech companies (Facebook, Google, etc) and health experts re how they can use data gleaned from Americans’ phones to map the spread of COVID-19 to predict the next hotspot or decide where to allocate resources. Seattle Times

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