In November 2016, PAVmed Inc., declared its collaboration with Tufts University along with Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. The collaboration was aimed to design develop and commercialize a better version of ear tube for treating pediatric ears disorders. The outcome of the brainstorming and intensive research was antibiotic-eluting resorbable ear tubes. The product is a dissolvable cylinder that is based on the proprietary aqueous sink technology that contains antibiotics and can be implanted in the ears. The product is remarkable innovation that is bolstering the growth of global ear tube devices market.
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Ear infections are quite common in children from three to five years of age. These infections causes immense fluid formation in ears and require frequent surgical procedures. Every year, more than 1 million children have tubes made up of latex, metal or plastic implanted into their eardrums which drains the fluid, and preventing long term problems like hearing disability.
Though the procedure is common but has two major drawbacks:
- The tubes are made from materials that do not decomposes on their own hence require further surgery to remove them.
- Chances of getting other infections due to the tubes require heavy dosage of antibiotics.
It is these challenges that stimulated the researcher of the university of initiate their research which resulted in the development of antibiotic-eluting resorbable ear tubes.
How New Product Impacted the global Ear Tube Devices Market?
With the arrival of antibiotic-eluting resorbable ear tubes, the global ear tubes devices market experienced an accelerated growth. The product was welcomed by both, the healthcare institutes and patients. For patients, it reduced the cost involved in overall treatment of the infections.
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Moreover, the self-decomposing material in the tube eliminated the requirement of additional surgery which made the treatment even more cost efficient. Further, presence of antibiotics in the tube itself made it easy for the doctors to treat the patients.