FDA approves nerve stimulator implant for epilepsy

FDA approves nerve stimulator implant for epilepsy

The Associated Press

Last modified: 2013-11-14T22:56:58Z

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 – 2:50 pm

Last Modified: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 – 2:56 pm

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an implantable brain-stimulating device for patients with hard-to-treat epilepsy.

The agency said it cleared Neuropace’s RNS Stimulator to reduce seizures in epilepsy patients who have not responded well to medications.

The device is implanted in the skull beneath the scalp and attaches to one or two wires that send an electrical current to parts of the brain thought to cause seizures.

The RNS Stimulator is the second device the FDA has approved to treat epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes mental and physical problems. Cyberonics’ VNS Therapy system is also approved for epilepsy, though it works by stimulating a different nerve.

About 3 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy and 40 percent of them continue to experience symptoms despite drug treatment, according to the Epilepsy Foundation.

Neuropace is based in Mountain View, Calif.

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I'm a very, very long-time support person and health care and mental health advocate/activist for my spouse Joyce as well as to others. I'm also a retired business executive and former Board Member, President and facilitator of a local chapter of DBSA as well as a Florida State appointment as a Guardian Advocate. I do not endorse, promote or advertise for any therapy, product or company. I do share our personal experiences, my research and knowledge in the hope it might benefit someone or do I give advice as to what one should or shouldn't do. I extend my best wishes for wellness to one and all and all the good you’d wish for yourselves.
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