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Skin Substitutes (CTPs) Continue to Push Boundaries in Advanced Wound Care

By Susan Paquette on 10/19/20 3:28 PM

Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19, Skin Substitutes (CTPs) continue to push the boundaries in Advanced Wound Care with impressive clinical studies, new products and technologies, and changing market dynamics.

Despite the unpredictability of COVID-19, skin substitutes (CTPs – cellular and/or tissue-based products) continue to be a hot area of research, innovation and investment in the market for Advanced Wound Care (AWC). This segment is comprised of an assortment of products, including human dermal allografts, amniotic tissue allografts, xenografts, cell-based bioengineered and most recently synthetic type products. Wounds most often treated with these products include diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, challenging surgical wounds, trauma wounds and burns. In addition, these wounds are treated in a variety of settings that include the hospital outpatient department (HOPD) wound clinic, physician office, surgical suite and burn center. In the following article, SmartTRAK reviews the latest news on skin substitutes (CTPs) from SAWC Spring 2020 and provides an update on investment activities as well as reimbursement and market trends amid COVID-19.

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A Downward Slide: Q220 Infection Prevention Vascular Access Recap

By Susan Paquette on 9/30/20 9:54 AM

Q220 reflects the full impact of COVID-19, driving a downward slide in all segments

For Q220, according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, the US Infection Prevention - Vascular Access Adjunct Products market was down -16.8% YoY.

The prevention of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) continues to drive measures and practices to reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) and is creating demand for products that can address these issues. Numerous programs and educational tools are being developed to provide measures and strategies that assist healthcare providers in the prevention and reduction of infection in acute care and other settings.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive  Q220 Infection Prevention: US Vascular Access Adjunct Market Recap* are:
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Major Shrinkage: Q220 Advanced Wound Care Market Recap

By Susan Paquette on 9/23/20 9:00 AM

In Q220, all geographies experienced shrinkage in their AWC revenues with Single-use NPWT showing the sharpest declines.

All companies are experiencing a negative impact on their wound businesses from COVID-19 in Q220, but most are also stating that June was better than April, indicating a strong recovery in the wound market. 3M* remains the WW market leader with Q220 revenue down -14.9% YoY. WW Advanced Dressings declined -9.9%, impacted by COVID-19, especially in hospitals. US Skin/Dermal Substitute (CTP) revenue fell also, with mixed results from market leaders. WW NPWT was down -17.8%, with single-use and traditional devices down -24.2% and -16.4%, respectively.


Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q220 Advanced Wound Care Market Recap* are:

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Increased COVID Headwinds Shut Down Procedures: Q220 Trauma Market Recap

By Doug Devens on 9/17/20 10:45 AM

Headwinds increased in Q2 as COVID-19 shut down elective procedures and stay-at-home orders impacted trauma volumes, but by the end of the quarter tailwinds picked up and it was smooth flying.

Q220 started out in a stall and continued to nosedive, as the Trauma segment experienced decreased admissions in April and May due to stay at home orders that caused a decrease in daily activities, including limited driving for most of the US. The US Trauma Market was down -14.2% YoY, with WW revenues declining -16.2%.

In June tailwinds picked up as stay at home orders began to lift and activities resumed, which boded well for the Trauma segment. Trauma procedures started to rebound in June, as most hospitals resumed surgeries depending upon PPE and OR time and resources. 

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q220 Trauma Market Recap* are:

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The Market Collapses: Q220 US Surgical Matrices Recap

By Doug Devens on 9/14/20 9:17 AM

The US Surgical Matrices Market collapsed in Q220, achieving sales of $227.3MM, off -39.4% YoY, as the effects of COVID-19 became evident with many delayed or canceled surgeries. The problems were evident everywhere, where Breast Matrices dropped -46.4 YoY to $69.6MM in Q220, while Hernia Matrices fell off -35.7% YoY to $157.7MM.

With COVID’s toll on delayed and canceled elective surgeries affecting all participants in the market, the US Surgical Matrices Market yielded -39.4% YoY, according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial DashboardAllergan* held on to its lead despite the effects of the pandemic, giving back -46.9%. Becton Dickinson* (BD) lost less than Allergan, declining -36.8%. However, Medtronic* announced that its hernia business was recovering faster than it expected.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q220 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

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A Precipitous Drop: Q220 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap

By Doug Devens on 9/10/20 9:33 AM

The US market for Hemostats and Sealants dropped precipitously by -32.4% YoY in Q220, as the effects of COVD-19 became evident with many delayed or canceled surgeries.

With COVID’s toll on delayed and canceled elective surgeries affecting all participants in the market, the US Hemostats and Sealants market dropped -32.4% in Q220 according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, a decrease that was presaged in Q120 earnings reports. Baxter* led the decline in Q220, down -42.1% YoY, with the Company’s sealants experiencing the worst YoY shrinkage. Cryolife* was close behind as its BioGlue* franchise saw cardiac surgeries postponed nationwide. In Q220, Ethicon* remained the market leader, followed by Baxter.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q220 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap* are:

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SAWC Spring 2020 Goes Virtual: The Week In Wound Care

By Thomas Wallick on 7/28/20 7:53 AM

As the COVID-19 continues to affect every aspect of life, the MedTech industry perseveres in its attempt to adapt and continue moving forward. SAWC and the Wound Healing Society held the SAWC Spring 2020 as a virtual experience on July 24-26. In their words "At a time when so much else is canceled, the work to treat, manage, and prevent chronic wounds and improve patient care cannot stop. Hope must go on."

The following is a small sampling of the updates compiled, reviewed and posted in real time last week by our SmartTRAK analysts, including many from SAWC 2020. We constantly monitor the worldwide MedTech industry, sifting through the noise to present to our subscribers the most relevant international news, trends, financial data and competitor developments in the global Life Sciences industry.

COVID-19 and Chronic Wound Patients

Dr. Margaret A Liu, an expert in vaccines and immunotherapies, provided an excellent presentation on the intersection of vaccine technologies for COVID-19, disease pathology for pts w/ chronic wounds, and how it fits together with a global pandemic. SAWC 2020 Virtual

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Treading Water: Q120 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap

By Doug Devens on 7/9/20 10:21 AM

The US Surgical Matrices Market treaded water in Q120, up +1.6%, as the impact of COVID-19 began to be felt broadly at the end of a quarter that had initially started with good growth.

In Q120, the US Surgical Matrices Market grew +1.6% YoY according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Allergan* maintained its lead despite the slowdown in breast augmentation and reconstruction surgeries due to COVID-19, gaining +3.4% YoY. Becton Dickinson* (BD) also had been growing well until COVID-19 slowed hernia surgeries, and, like many other companies, warned that Q220 would be far worse since the impact of COVID-19 would be felt at the beginning of the quarter.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

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Positive Growth in Q120: Infection Prevention Vascular Access Recap

By Susan Paquette on 7/2/20 10:15 AM

Q120 remained a bright spot showing positive growth with modest disruption from COVID-19 for the quarter.

For Q120, according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, the US Infection Prevention - Vascular Access Adjunct Products market was up +4. 4% YoY. The prevention of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) continues to drive measures and practices to reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) and is creating demand for products that can address these issues. Numerous programs and educational tools are being developed to provide measures and strategies that assist healthcare providers in the prevention and reduction of infection in acute care and other settings.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Infection Prevention: Vascular Access Adjunct Products Recap Market Recap* are:

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Hemostats and Sealants Up Despite COVID-19: Q120 Market Report

By Doug Devens on 7/1/20 10:24 AM

The US market for Hemostats and Sealants grew +6.1% YoY in Q120, up from the pace of Q419 despite the late appearance of COVD-19 in the last few weeks of the quarter. Growth was slightly higher in the Hemostats market, with +6.8% growth driven by relative strength in thrombin hemostats.

As reported in SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, the US Hemostats and Sealants market had a growth rate of +6.1% in Q120. Leading the way in Q120 was Baxter* with +11.6% YoY growth and continued strength from Tisseel* and Artiss* fibrin sealants. Becton Dickinson* (BD) also posted strong gains as its relaunched Progel* and continued its resurgence in Q120. However, all manufacturers predicted that second-quarter results would be much worse since the full effect of surgery deferrals would be felt for the entire quarter. Some manufacturers warned that revenues were reduced as much as...

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap* are:

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