|Medtronic Receives CE Mark for the World's Smallest Fully Implantable Spinal Cord Stimulator and Announces European Launch of the Intellis Platform|
New Neurostimulation System Is a Non-Opioid Alternative for Chronic Pain and Offers Personalized Pain Relief and Advanced Activity Tracking
DUBLIN - November 6, 2017 - Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today announced that it received CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark for the Intellis(TM) platform for both Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) as an aid in the management of certain types of chronic pain.* Intellis, the world's smallest fully implantable SCS neurostimulator, simplifies and improves the patient experience with improved battery performance that can power the EvolveSM workflow,** which standardizes guidance and balances high-dose (HD) and low-dose (LD) SCS therapy settings. The Intellis platform is managed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet interface and can record and track patient activity 24/7. Intellis is now available in Europe and the United States.
One in five adults in Western Europe suffers from chronic pain, a devastating condition with a costly personal and societal impact.1 Chronic pain can negatively impact all aspects of a person's life - relationships, work productivity and activities of daily living, yet it remains under-recognized and undertreated.1
Published studies have shown that when used by carefully selected patients with chronic pain, SCS may provide effective long-term pain relief, improved quality of life and pain-related disability, and may reduce the need for pain medications.2 Similarly, PNS may also provide back pain relief, improvement in back pain-related disability, and reduce the need for pain medications.3-4 The potential benefits of neurostimulation are critical given the public health issue of prescription pain medication abuse.5
Earlier intervention with SCS has been shown to improve treatment outcomes6 and SCS is widely reimbursed and recommended by European governments.7-9 Current European guidelines support the use of SCS; failed back surgery syndrome is the primary indication recommended by European governments.10
The first European patient received the Intellis system at the Pain Clinic of AZ Nikolaas Hospital in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium where Prof. Jean-Pierre Van Buyten is Chairman and the procedure was performed by Dr. Iris Smet.
"Chronic pain is a complex disease that is challenging to manage. The innovations behind the Intellis platform translate into meaningful patient benefits and ease of use for physicians, which represent important advantages over other neurostimulators," said Dr. Iris Smet from AZ Nikolaas. "I want to restore my patient's health and improve their quality of life; the innovation behind the Intellis platform allows me to achieve that and help a broad range of patients."
The Intellis platform can help optimize treatment and improve patient-physician communication by tracking and sharing daily activities, body positions and therapy usage and giving physicians an objective look at mobility and progress.
"Medtronic's goal is to simplify treatment and improve the patient experience with personalized therapy that provides long-term pain relief and helps restore function," said Marshall Stanton, M.D., senior vice president and president of Medtronic's Pain Therapies division, which is part of the Restorative Therapies Group. "The launch of the Intellis platform is the culmination of 40 years of innovation and what makes Intellis such an important option is that it integrates leading-edge hardware with the Evolve workflow for SCS to help optimize pain relief."
About the Intellis Platform
About Spinal Cord Stimulation
About Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
About Medtronic Pain Therapies
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.
* The Intellis SCS neurostimulation system is indicated for SCS as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs.
The Intellis PNS neurostimulation system is indicated for PNS as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable pain of the posterior trunk.
**A workflow is guidance only and physicians should use their medical judgement and product labeling to optimize therapy for individual patients, which may require discontinuation or modification of a workflow.