Abbott’s Triclip Device Draws Closer To Market Launch

by | Feb 16, 2024 | Digital Health

Abbott’s Triclip device is designed to address tricuspid valve regurgitation and is now close to market authorization. This is due to a favorable review by an advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Circulatory System Devices panel, which convened on a Tuesday, cast unanimous votes in favor of the safety of the Triclip device. The panel voted 12-2 in favor of its efficacy and 13-1 that the benefits of the device outweigh its risks. This level of endorsement from the panel is positive, as such panels play a role in the FDA’s decision-making process, although they do not have the authority to grant approval themselves. The decision now lies with the FDA, which will take the committee’s recommendations into consideration. Market analysts, including those from William Blair, are optimistic, projecting an approval within 90 days based on the panel’s positive feedback.

The Triclip device is a part of Abbott’s strategy to innovate within the cardiac sector, specifically targeting the treatment of tricuspid regurgitation—a condition where the heart’s tricuspid valve does not close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward into the heart. This can cause patients to experience increased heart strain as it works harder to pump blood. The condition has historically been underserved, with few treatment options available beyond medication or invasive open-heart surgery. This gap in treatment would be filled with the minimally invasive new alternative for patients. Its development comes in the wake of FDA approval for Edwards Lifesciences’ Evoque, a transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement device, showing a growing interest in addressing the so-called “forgotten valve.” Analysts believe there is room in the market for both devices, given their distinct approaches to treating tricuspid valve issues—Evoque through valve replacement and Triclip through valve repair.

During the panel meeting, discussions touched upon the implications of introducing such a minimally invasive treatment option to the market. Jennifer Schwartzott, a patient representative on the panel, emphasized the potential of Triclip for patients with heart failure, for whom current medication may not be a long-term solution. The Triclip offers hope for a more sustainable, low-risk treatment option that could enhance patients’ quality of life. Nonetheless, the panel deliberated on several aspects of the device’s clinical trial, notably the potential for a placebo effect given the open-label nature of the study. Patients in the trial reported their quality of life improvements based on the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) at 12 months post-surgery, raising questions about the influence of patient awareness on their reported health status. Despite these concerns, many panelists concurred that the study’s design and the enduring nature of the reported benefits minimized the potential placebo effect, lending credibility to the reported efficacy of the Triclip device.

The meeting showed the requirement for further research and development in the treatment of tricuspid regurgitation. Panelists called for extended study durations and a more diverse demographic representation in future trials to fully ascertain the device’s efficacy across different patient groups. There was also a consensus on the importance of developing a strong training program for medical professionals to ensure the successful implementation of Triclip in clinical settings. The introduction of Triclip would be an advancement in cardiac care, offering new hope to patients who have had limited treatment options.

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