Boston Scientific completes CE Mark for world's first Single-Use Duodenoscope, Exalt™ Model-D

Paris, France., (22 January, 2020)

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced it has completed CE
Mark and initiated a limited market release of the EXALT™
Model D Single-Use (disposable) Duodenoscope for use in endoscopic retrograde
cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures.

The EXALT Model D Duodenoscope is the first and only CE Marked and FDA cleared single-use disposable duodenoscope on the market and was also granted Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA to ensure patients and healthcare providers have timely access to this device. In Europe, the EXALT Model D Duodenoscope will be available to hospitals as an alternative to reusable duodenoscopes, eliminating the need for duodenoscope reprocessing and repairs and allowing physicians to use a new, sterile device for every procedure.

Every year, more than 500,000 ERCPs are performed in Europe, using duodenoscopes to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of various pancreatic and biliary conditions such as stones or blockages within the pancreatobiliary system.1 The EXALT Model D Duodenoscope builds on the familiar design of standard reusable duodenoscopes so that physicians experience a minimal learning curve when adopting this technology.

Reusable duodenoscopes are put through a rigorous disinfection process between uses in different patients and the vast majority of procedures with these devices are carried out safely and effectively; however, according to a recent position statement from the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) and European Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (ESGENA), since the late 1970s there have been reports of nosocomial infections linked to endoscopic procedures2 and the potential for infection, although extremely rare, is a public health concern. ESGE and ESGENA also recently called for crucial efforts to be taken to prevent such infections occurring,
by implementing recommendations for optimal duodenoscope reprocessing.3

“Following on from the recent FDA clearance of the EXALT Model D Duodenoscope, I am delighted that we have completed CE Mark in Europe and that our physicians and hospitals will have access to the world’s first single use duodenoscope,” said Darragh Tolan, vice president, Endoscopy, Boston Scientific. “Patients and hospitals depend on us to protect life-saving ERCP procedures and avoid potential infections and we pride ourselves on offering them not just the highest quality devices, but our partnership and solutions. The EXALT Model D Duodenoscope is a prime example of our work not just in advancing the care of pancreaticobiliary diseases, but our commitment to being at the forefront of innovation and working together to improve patient outcomes.”

“With the EXALT Model D Duodenoscope, I can perform the same high-quality ERCP procedure with the added benefit of using a brand-new sterile device for each patient, thereby avoiding any cross-patient contamination and infection risk,” said Professor Marco Bruno, Professor of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Erasmus Medical Center, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands.  “I am excited by the launch of this device, which I see as a significant advancement in the evolution of endoscopy.”

The company now plans to commence a limited market release of EXALT Model D in Europe during the first quarter of 2020, beginning in Germany, France, Italy, UK and Sweden.

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[1] BSC iDATA report

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