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India's first artificial heart valve technology launched

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In line with the Make in initiative, global on Saturday launched its first indigenously designed and manufactured artificial for patients who are at a high risk or unwilling to undergo open heart surgery.

The Transcatheter Aortic Heart (TAVR), which will be sold under the brand name "Myval", is a in which the doctor places a artificial valve into the patient's diseased valve via a inserted through the femoral artery (large artery in groin).

It is an alternative way to replace diseased valves without undergoing traditional open heart procedure, which some patients may not receive well.

"Meril is the first Indian company to commercially make this therapy available in the country. Through the commercialisation of this technology, Meril will soon bring the next generation treatment modality to thousands of patients across the country and globally," said Sanjeev Bhatt, VP Corporate Strategy,

TAVR has been dominated by US-based medical devices makers and

"The novel Myval technology is associated with zero new pacemaker implantation rates post procedure (which is an important benefit for the patient already treated for valve replacement). Pacemaker is an additional device that may be placed post TAVR procedure," Bhatt told IANS.

"Keeping for all in mind, the price of the technology will be well within the range," he added.

The company has also received an approval from the Indian drug regulator Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) for commercialisation of TAVR.

The approval is based on successful results from a clinical trial done in India, involving 14 hospitals -- and Medanta-The Medicity and Eternal Hospital, Jaipur, to name a few, Bhatt said.

"The development of this valve, which is implanted non-surgically through a is a great achievement for the 'Made in India' initiative that such an important R&D has happened from in a field which till now has been dominated by only American devices," Ashok Seth, of Escorts Heart Institute, told IANS.

TAVR is increasingly becoming a preferred alternative for surgical because it is associated with faster recovery time.

"The first patient to receive Myval has completed 1.5 years and is living a symptom-free productive life. The valve was effective in relieving the patient's symptoms and reducing the death and hospitalisation from the aortic stenosis," according to Ravinder Singh Rao,

"will be a boon for millions of patients suffering from aortic stenosis," Rao said.

No adverse cardiac, cerebral and renal events were observed at six-months follow-up and zero mortality among the patients in the trial.



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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 17:18 IST