SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwire - March 1, 2013) - VentriPoint Diagnostics (TSX VENTURE:VPT) (VPTDF) has received yesterday notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA) that an administrative acceptance review was conducted on the 510(k) submission for premarket notification for right heart analysis in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), and it was found to contain all of the necessary information needed to proceed with the substantive review.
PAH is the most serious form of the five recognized groups of pulmonary hypertension and is a devastating disease with an average patient lifespan of less than 3 years after diagnosis if untreated. It affects individuals from infancy to the elderly. Although treatment started early after detection appears more effective than when started later, the majority of patients with PAH continue to be diagnosed too late for treatment to be fully effective.
PAH can occur for no known reason but will typically occur in association with many common conditions such as chronic liver disease and liver cirrhosis; connective tissue disorders such as scleroderma or systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus); congenital heart disease (even if repaired) and HIV. With increasing availability of effective therapies, and evidence-based treatment guidelines recommending starting treatment early, tests enabling detection as early as possible should prove invaluable.
The VMS™ is for investigational use only in the United States and approved for clinical use in Canada and Europe.
About VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd.
VentriPoint has created diagnostic tools to monitor patients with heart disease, a leading cause of death in developed countries. VMS™ is the first cost-effective and accurate diagnostic tool for measuring right ventricle heart function. The Company has a suite of applications for all major heart diseases and imaging modalities including congenital heart disease, left or right heart failure and normal hearts - a multi-billion dollar market potential. Canada and Europe (CE Mark) have granted approval for the sale of its VMS-2DE™ product.
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