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Medtronic Launches Percutaneous Tibial Neuromodulation Delivered by the NURO System for the Treatment of Overactive Bladder (OAB)

New Medtronic Treatment Targets Underlying Bladder and Brain Miscommunication and Could Bring Desperately Needed Relief to Tens of Millions Struggling with OAB

DUBLIN - March 30, 2016 - Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) today announced the launch of its NURO(TM) System that delivers percutaneous tibial neuromodulation (PTNM) for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and urge incontinence. PTNM, a minimally invasive, periodic, office-based procedure, provides a measurable reduction in urinary frequency and/or urinary incontinence episodes following treatment without the side effects of medication.1,2

The number of OAB patients is staggering and increasing - more than 37 million Americans, or nearly 1 in 6 suffer - it is more common than diabetes or asthma.3,4,5,6 While not life threatening, OAB significantly impacts quality of life, and can negatively affect social activities, exercise and cause disruptive nighttime voiding.7,8 Many sufferers  are frustrated and embarrassed and limit their lives socially, professionally, and personally.9 However, only 33 percent of those suffering seek treatment and as many as 7 in 10 stop using medications within 6 months due to intolerable side effects or unsatisfying results.10,11

"Many people with OAB are unsatisfied with current treatments and a significant number are not seeking treatment altogether," said Dr. Harriette Scarpero, of Associated Urologists of Nashville, Tennessee. "With the NURO System, I can offer patients another option to restore bladder function and improve quality of life without the side effects of medication. This minimally invasive therapy targets the brain-bladder miscommunication and can help improve quality of life in a meaningful way."

The NURO System delivers a gentle electrical pulse to the tibial nerve via an acupuncture-like needle placed in the skin near the ankle that is attached to a neurostimulator. The therapy is administered in physician offices during weekly 30-minute sessions for 12 weeks and thereafter as prescribed by a physician. Patients are free to read or listen to music while therapy is administered. The most common side effects are temporary and include mild pain or skin inflammation at or near the stimulation site.

Evidence points to OAB being caused by a miscommunication between the bladder and brain.12 Medtronic Bladder Control Therapies use neuromodulation, or gentle nerve stimulation, to reset the brain-bladder communication pathway. PTNM is thought to improve bladder function by targeting the tibial nerve, indirectly activating the central nervous system to help alleviate symptoms.

In clinical trials PTNM significantly decreased the number of incontinence episodes and voids per day, reduced the number of urgency and urge incontinence episodes and increased voiding volume.1,14 With maintenance therapy, PTNM can offer long-term relief.15

"So many suffer from OAB and the majority are either not treated or not finding relief with other treatments, so Medtronic is pleased to offer another option along the care pathway," said Linnea Burman, vice president and general manager, gastro/urology therapies at Medtronic. "Our hope is that our expanding neuromodulation portfolio can help a broader range of patients get their lives back."

Medtronic offers NURO patients the Support Link® program that provides education, helps patients track their treatment and encourages compliance throughout therapy.

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About Medtronic Bladder and Bowel Control Therapies
Medtronic is the first and leading provider of neuromodulation solutions for bladder and bowel control issues. With a portfolio that spans OAB, non-obstructive urinary retention and fecal incontinence, we partner with healthcare providers to offer advanced and comprehensive pelvic floor neuromodulation solutions to help more patients find the right therapy option.  Sacral neuromodulation therapy with the InterStim® system was first approved in 1997 and has helped more than 200,000 patients worldwide.  

About Medtronic
Medtronic plc (, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is among the world's largest medical technology, services and solutions companies - alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic employs more than 85,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals and patients in more than 160 countries. The company is focused on collaborating with stakeholders around the world to take healthcare Further, Together.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.



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