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MINNEAPOLIS, May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inspire Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: INSP) (“Inspire”), a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and minimally invasive solutions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (“OSA”), announced today the publication of clinical results comparing the effects of Inspire therapy on Medicare-aged patients to younger patients. The study, led by physicians at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, followed 235 Medicare-aged patients and 365 younger-aged patients and collected information regarding sleep apnea severity, quality of life and any complications with the procedure. The results of the study demonstrated that while all patients positively responded to Inspire therapy, the Medicare-aged patients had both a slightly higher response, as well as a slightly higher adherence, to therapy.
The publication, entitled “Upper Airway Stimulation Response in Older Adults with Moderate to Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” appears online in the Journal of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (DOI: 10.1177/0194599819848709 http://otojournal.org).
“This study corroborates the growing evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of Inspire therapy for the treatment of OSA in properly selected CPAP-intolerant cases,” said Dr. Kirk Withrow, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham and lead author of this publication. “In addition, it specifically affirms the benefit of Inspire therapy for older patients, who have been previously shown to have experienced worse outcomes with other types of sleep surgery.”
The study noted that an age equal to or greater than 65 years is an independent factor for success with Inspire therapy as compared with younger cohorts. The paper concluded that Inspire therapy should be strongly considered in the treatment of older patients who are CPAP intolerant and eligible per the established inclusion criteria.
“We received feedback from several of the regional Medicare administrators indicating the need for published literature that specifically evaluated Medicare-aged patients receiving Inspire therapy,” said Tim Herbert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Medical Systems. “We believe the results of this study, which compared the response to therapy, adherence and complications experienced by Medicare-aged and younger-aged populations provide important evidence that the administrators may use in their Medicare coverage development.”
About Inspire Medical Systems
Inspire is a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and minimally invasive solutions for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Inspire’s proprietary Inspire therapy is the first and only FDA-approved neurostimulation technology that provides a safe and effective treatment for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
For additional information about Inspire, please visit www.inspiresleep.com.
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