NORWALK, Conn., June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Mederi Therapeutics Inc., manufacturers of Stretta Therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), announced the presentation of new data at last week's Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2016 in San Diego. This new 10-year data shows efficacy of Stretta in three specific types of non-classical GERD patients: those with high BMI, those with respiratory symptoms of GERD, and those suffering from recurring GERD after anti-reflux surgery. DDW activities also included the launch of the new Stretta RFT3 system, and four presentations by international Stretta expert physicians.
The data, presented by Dr. Mark Noar (The Heartburn and Reflux Study Center, Towson, MD), examined challenging GERD patient subsets that were included in his published 10-year study, and demonstrated that each of these patient populations achieved the primary outcomes of long-term symptom relief, reduced medication use, and patient satisfaction.
About 30% of adults suffer from chronic GERD. Many of these patients are dissatisfied with the use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or are concerned about the risks associated with long-term PPI use. Many wish to avoid invasive surgery. Stretta provides a non-surgical, middle option for this patient.
Introducing – Stretta RFT3 – the RE-Generation
At DDW, Mederi unveiled new aesthetic, functional, and material improvements to further facilitate ease of use and optimize the delivery of the clinically proven Stretta therapy. These improvements include a familiar GI product color scheme, added measurement markings on the Stretta catheter, more visual procedure guides, and software changes to increase treatment automation.
Expert Physician Presentations
Stretta international experts presented updates on Stretta data as well as shared their experience. The speakers included, Dr.Alvaro Reymunde from Ponce, Puerto Rico; Dr. Hwoon-Yong Jung from Seoul, South Korea; Dr. Luca Dughera from Torino Italyand Dr. José de Jesús Herrera from Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Dughera also reviewed his published 8-year data and presented pending 10-year follow-up. “A large majority of my patients remain symptom free after 10-years, GERD HRQL scores were maintained, and 71% of patients were still off medications,” said Dughera. He also discussed his experience with Mederi's Stretta system. “I was one of the first users and have seen the evolution of Stretta into an extremely user-friendly system. We are now analyzing data on 200 patients who received Mederi's Stretta since 2011. The results appear superior to my published long-term data,” he added.
“Mederi is committed to producing technology that improves quality of care for GERD,” commented Bob Knarr, Chief Executive Officer of Mederi. “While we continue to improve Stretta, emerging data continues to validate this proven procedure and demonstrate its economic advantages. The science and economics of Stretta show continued, lasting benefits, and we look forward to bringing Stretta to more GERD sufferers around the world.”