The FDA has issued the first Emergency Use Authorization for a device to help treat COVID-19 patients currently in the ICU. Terumo BCT’s Spectra Optia Apheresis System, combined with Marker Therapeutics’ D2000 Adsorption Cartridge, is now indicated for adult patients with COVID-19 udergoing respiratory failure.
The device is intended to lower the levels of cytokines and other proteins in blood that promote inflammation, hopefully thereby mitigating some of the terrible consequences of the infection. These can include shock, lung failure, other organ failure and result in death.
“We thank the Food and Drug Administration for their expedited review, which provides another treatment option for patients in the ICU to help reduce the severity of the disease,” said Antoinette Gawin, CEO and President of Terumo BCT, and David Cohen, Chairman of Marker, in a joint press release published by their companies.
Product page: Spectra Optia Apheresis System
Via: Terumo BCT and Marker Therapeutics Collaboration