Simplify Medical Receives FDA Approval for 1-Level Simplify Disc PMA

By Julie A. Vetalice

Simplify Medical Receives FDA Approval for 1-Level Simplify Disc PMA

Simplify Medical was granted premarket approval from FDA for the Simplify artificial spinal disc for 1-level cervical indications.

The PMA was submitted to FDA after a 24-month follow-up was completed in 1Q20. Simplify Disc was used for 1-level cervical implantation between the C3 to C7 vertebrae.

The study results demonstrated that Simplify Disc achieved superiority in overall success compared to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). At 24 months, results indicated that:

  • The Simplify Disc overall success rate of 93.0% was statistically superior to the ACDF overall success rate of 73.6%
  • 97.9% of Simplify Disc patients achieved a significantly higher rate of meaningful (15 point) improvement in Neck Disability Index vs. ACDF at 88.0%
  • Simplify Disc mean NDI improved from 63.3 at baseline to 13.6 at 24 months, and was superior to ACDF at all follow-up timepoints
  • Significantly fewer Simplify Disc patients, 10.8%, were taking narcotic pain medication compared to ACDF patients at 36.8%
  • Time to recovery was faster for Simplify Disc patients compared to ACDF patients

The Simplify Disc is also being evaluated in a separate U.S. IDE study for 2-level indications.

David Hovda, President and CEO of Simplify Medical, said, "We are pleased that FDA, after a thorough review of our PMA, determined that Simplify Disc is safe and effective for 1-level cervical disc replacement in the United States. We are proud to have achieved superiority to fusion on the primary endpoint, and are excited to be the first cervical disc replacement study to incorporate MR imaging at 24 months, allowing the FDA to review this compelling data which contributed to a strong benefit-risk profile.”

Product Labels: Cervical Spine, Spine Artificial Disc

Tags: Premarket Approval, Regulatory