Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 10:59, By: Amy Madsen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System as a humanitarian use device (HUD), a designation given to medical devices intended for use in rare diseases. For HUD approval, the FDA requires sufficient evidence the device does not pose “an unreasonable or...

For Pat Dwyer, this newly approved respiratory assist device means 'a life better lived,' but physicians urge caution until more is known

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:49, By: Amy Madsen
Pat Dwyer of Kenmore, Wash., uses three different devices to make sure he’s getting enough air. A “sip-and-puff” ventilator supplements his breathing efforts during the day; bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) helps him breathe at night; and the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System, or DPS,...