Blog Tag: 3d Printed
FDA Approves LimaCorporate’s 3D-Printed Reverse Shoulder Replacement System
The FDA recently approved LimaCorporate’s fully 3D-printed glenoid baseplate and humeral stem for use in reverse shoulder replacement.
The shoulder includes the glenohumeral joint, which is the ball-and-socket joint where the head of the humerus (i.e., the ball) joins the glenoid (i.e., the shoulder socket in the scapula). However, when the associated tendons are damaged, reverse shoulder replacement or arthroplasty may be used to repair the joint. In reverse shoulder replacement, the ball and socket of the glenohumeral joint are replaced in opposite positions. As such, the ball is placed on the socket side of the joint and the socket is placed on the ball (i.e., arm) side where it is typically supported by a stem that is implanted in the humerus. LimaCorporate reports that its new PRIMA TT Glenoid system includes a 3D-printed convertible short stem and a fully 3D-printed glenoid replacement for Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty.
According to a press release, LimaCorporate’s PRIMA TT Glenoid system uses trabecular titanium (TT), which is lightweight biomaterial containing titanium and having a regular three-dimensional hexagonal cell structure that imitates trabecular bone morphology, which is designed to encourage strong primary fixation and secondary bone ingrowth. In response to the FDA’s approval of the PRIMA TT Glenoid system, LimaCorporate’s CEO Massimo Calafiore stated “Today’s FDA approval for PRIMA TT Glenoid represents an exciting opportunity to accelerate our market growth in key regions. The new PRIMA shoulder platform will support our surgeons to bring the emotion of motion to even more patients!”
LimaCorporate states it is planning to launch the PRIMA TT Glenoid shoulder replacement system in 2023.
FDA Provides Guidance on 3D-Printed Medical Device Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released finalized guidance regarding 3D printing in medical devices. The guidance document, which issued on December 5, 2017, is based on the FDA’s review of more than 100 devices currently on the market that are manufactured using 3D printers. Importantly, many of these devices can be tailored to fit a specific patient’s anatomy. For example, the FDA has reviewed 3D-printed knee replacements and implants for facial reconstruction.
The new guidance gives the FDA’s recommendations regarding the content of FDA submissions, device testing, and manufacturing considerations for 3D printed devices.
In a press release announcing the new guidance, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated:
[This guidance] will help manufacturers bring their innovations to market more efficiently by providing a transparent process for future submissions and making sure our regulatory approach is properly tailored to the unique opportunities and challenges posed by this promising new technology.
The new guidance comes on the heels of recent FDA approvals for several 3D-printed devices, including Medicrea’s 3D-printed titanium interbody device for spinal surgery. The FDA also recently approved a 3D-printed drug tablet, the epilepsy drug Spritam, marketed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals.
Commissioner Gottlieb further opined that “3D printing is certain to alter the daily practice of medicine where patients will be treated with medical products manufactured specifically for them.” He noted that 3D printing could one day be used to treat burn patients by printing their own skin cells onto their wounds or used to grow replacement organs.
Commissioner Gottlieb noted, however, that the FDA’s new guidance is intended only “to provide the FDA’s initial thoughts on an emerging technology” and that the FDA’s recommendations likely will change as 3D-printing technology develops.