St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced that data presented during Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s Annual Scientific Sessions, found that the use of quadripolar leads reduced the number of hospitalizations by 53 percent when compared to the non-quadripolar group. This hospitalization rate reduction translated into a statistically significant 62 percent reduction in overall costs for both health care systems and patients. The Hospitalization Rates and Associated Cost Analysis of Quadripolar versus Bipolar CRT-D: a comparative analysis of a single-center prospective Italian registry presentation includes data that demonstrated hospitalization rates for the quadripolar group were lower than the non-quadripolar group and patients with the St. Jude Medical Quartet™ Quadripolar LV lead and had a 98 percent probability of having lower costs than patients with non-quadripolar leads. The study showed that use of the quadripolar left ventricular (LV) lead was associated with significantly reduced hospitalizations specific to the two types of hospitalizations studied: heart failure and LV lead surgical revision. “These data are compelling evidence as they show a significant cost saving for the health care system and patients utilizing the St. Jude Medical quadripolar pacing system,” said Dr. Giovanni Forleo, electrophysiologist at the University Hospital of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy. “This study showed a strong cost benefit, further demonstrating why quadripolar technology is becoming the standard-of-care for patients requiring CRT therapy.” The prospective, single center, observational registry was a first-time evaluation of hospitalization rates and cost reduction following cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with quadripolar versus non-quadripolar LV leads. Over three years, 198 patients implanted with either a St. Jude Medical Quartet Quadripolar LV lead or a non-quadripolar LV lead, were enrolled in the study. The goal of the study was to compare the hospitalization rate related to heart failure and LV lead surgical revisions between the Quartet quadripolar lead and a traditional bipolar lead for cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D).
“This study provides additional evidence that the quadripolar system improves patient outcomes and reduces health care costs,” said Dr. Mark D. Carlson, chief medical officer and vice president of global clinical affairs for St. Jude Medical. “This study is another example of St. Jude Medical’s commitment to investing in disruptive technologies that transform the treatment of expensive epidemic diseases.”Tweet This: #HRS2014 data: 53% reduction in hospitalization translating into 62% overall cost reduction w/ St. Jude Medical #quadripolar devices About St. Jude MedicalSt. Jude Medical is a global medical device manufacturer dedicated to transforming the treatment of some of the world’s most expensive, epidemic diseases. The company does this by developing cost-effective medical technologies that save and improve lives of patients around the world. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical has four major clinical focus areas that include cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular and neuromodulation. For more information, please visit sjm.com or follow us on Twitter @SJM_Media. Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include the expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including potential clinical successes, anticipated regulatory approvals and future product launches, and projected revenues, margins, earnings and market shares. The statements made by the Company are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include market conditions and other factors beyond the Company’s control and the risk factors and other cautionary statements described in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including those described in the Risk Factors and Cautionary Statements sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2013 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 29, 2014. The Company does not intend to update these statements and undertakes no duty to any person to provide any such update under any circumstance.