FDA approves St. Jude Medical’s pacing technology, leads and quartet test

The FDA approved St. Jude Medical’s MultiPoint pacing technology, quadripolar pacing Quartet LV leads and programmer-based Auto VectSelect Quartet Test on Feb. 17.

The pacing technology is included in the company’s Quadra Assura MP cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) defibrillator, its Quadra Allure MP CRT pacemaker and its quadripolar Quartet LV leads.

The quadripolar pacing Quartet LV leads feature additional electrode spacing on two S-curve shaped lead designs, while the automated Auto VectSelect Quartet Test offers testing results for physicians.

With the MultiPoint technology, physicians can deliver pacing pulses to multiple left ventricle locations. They can also use the Quartet LV lead to “program two pulses from a single lead and tailor them to the specific needs of each patient,” according to a company news release.

St. Jude Medical said the pacing technology should be available to U.S. physicians in the first half of 2016.

The company noted that CRT can improve the quality of life in patients with congestive heart failure. Each year, approximately two million new cases of heart failure are diagnosed, according to St. Jude Medical.