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Terumo Of Japan To Try Pump In U.S. As Permanent Heart Replacement

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Japan's Terumo plans to take its implanted heart device to the United States as early as next year to conduct clinical trials as a permanent heart replacement. The DuraHeart assist system for the left ventricle already has been tried in Europe as a permanent replacement, and patients have lived for more than three years with it as an alternative to waiting for a donor organ. After the U.S. trials, Terumo plans to bring the device home to Japan and seek approval. Until then, DuraHeart can be used only as a temporary implant to help the heart pump. (Click here for more - a subscription may be required

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