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Minneapolis-based Medtronic recently announced FDA’s approval to market its Medtronic SynchroMed EL infusion system, an implantable drug infusion system that delivers medication directly into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord.
The system has already helped nearly 50,000 patients with cancer and nonmalignant pain, or spasticity due to cerebral palsy, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and stroke.
The SynchroMed EL system adds about three years to the battery life before replacement, depending on dosage. Average time between replacement surgeries also is extended over the original SynchroMed, from four to seven years. The EL system also can be programmed to deliver doses as small as 48 µl per day.
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