Stereotaxis Niobe(R) System Receives Highest Reimbursement Classification in Japan
ST. LOUIS, Oct 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Stereotaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq:STXS) announced today that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan has classified its Niobe(R) Magnetic Navigation System as a C2 medical device. The C2 classification recognizes the Niobe system as a new, distinctive technology with clinical benefits and is the highest of five reimbursement categories for medical devices in Japan. The MHLW also approved reimbursement for two electrophysiology (EP) ablation catheters compatible with Niobe magnetic navigation, effective October 1, 2013.
Japan's MHLW, which controls the country's reimbursement rates, will establish a more permanent "technical fee" for procedures using the Niobe system during its biennial review of insurance reimbursement pricing for C2 devices before April 1, 2014. Until then and effective October 1, 2013, MHLW authorized a temporary "technical fee" of 343,700 yen (or approximately $3,500) per Niobe procedure, which the Company says sufficiently covers the costs associated with Niobe's disposable unit for catheter advancement (QuikCAS).
This milestone represents an important step toward a more permanent reimbursement coverage of the Niobe system in Japan, the second largest medical device market worldwide, behind the U.S. Stereotaxis received Shonin, or regulatory, approval of Niobe in Japan in March and is in the process of selecting an in-country distributor, identifying potential customers and recruiting for part-time resources.
Stereotaxis is a healthcare technology and innovation leader in the development of robotic cardiology instrument navigation systems designed to enhance the treatment of arrhythmias and coronary disease, as well as information management solutions for the interventional lab. With over 100 patents for use in a hospital's interventional surgical suite, Stereotaxis helps physicians around the world provide unsurpassed patient care with robotic precision and safety, improved lab efficiency and productivity, and enhanced collaboration of life-saving information. Stereotaxis' core Epoch(TM) Solution includes the Niobe ES Remote Magnetic Navigation system, the Odysseyportfolio of lab optimization, networking and patient information management systems and the Vdrive Robotic Mechanical Navigation system and consumables.
The core components of Stereotaxis systems have received regulatory clearance in the U.S., Europe, Canada and elsewhere. The V-Sono ICE catheter manipulator has received U.S. clearance, and the V-Loop(TM) circular catheter manipulator is currently in clinical trials in order to obtain clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information, please visit www.stereotaxis.com
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