NICE – SeQuent Please balloon catheter for in-stent coronary restenosis: medical technologies consultation – July 2010

Posted on July 27, 2010. Filed under: Cardiol / Cardiothor Surg, Health Technology Assessment | Tags: |

NICE’s medical technologies programme issues first draft guidance

“The first piece of guidance has been published from NICE’s new medical technologies programme, set up to help the NHS adopt efficient and cost effective medical devices and diagnostics more rapidly and consistently.

The draft guidance recommends the use of a balloon catheter, SeQuent Please, for patients who have suffered restenosis, a condition where the blood vessels become blocked again following a previous treatment with a stent.

The Evaluation Pathway Programme for Medical Technologies was established in November 2009 to focus specifically on the evaluation of innovative medical technologies. Its purpose is to produce guidance on the use of devices and diagnostics to speed up the introduction into the health service of those products offering significant benefits, or helping technologies to be investigated more thoroughly in research.

The types of products that are assessed under the new programme are medical devices that deliver treatment such as those implanted during surgical procedures, technologies that give greater independence to patients, and diagnostic devices or tests used to detect or monitor medical conditions.

An independent group of experts, the Medical Technologies Advisory Committee (MTAC), is responsible for deciding which medical technologies should be selected for evaluation, as well as developing the guidance itself.”  … continues

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