June 1, 2020 / 12:06 PM / a month ago

FDA approves emergency use of Abiomed heart pump for COVID-19 patients

(Reuters) - Abiomed Inc said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for its temporary invasive heart pump to help patients suffering from COVID-19 related right heart failure.

The device, Impella RP, provides circulatory support to patients who develop right side ventricular failure, and is authorized to be used by healthcare providers in the hospital setting.

It was approved for use in the United States for treating right ventricular failure after cardiac surgery in 2017.

The agency said it believes the device will be effective at providing temporary right ventricular support, based on clinical experience.

“Early recognition of right ventricular dysfunction and early placement of the Impella RP for patients who are hypotensive can be life-saving,” said Amir Kaki, an interventional cardiologist and director of mechanical circulatory support at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit.

Reporting By Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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