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FDA approve new vagus nerve stimulator

1 July, 2002

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for a new smaller Vagal Nerve Stimulator to be used in the United States.

The manufacturers of the system, Cyberonics, have unveiled a new pulse generator, similar to a heart pacemaker, which is 43 per cent smaller than its predecessor. In addition, a new cable to link the pulse generator to the vagus nerve has also been approved, which, with a single pin lead, should be easier and faster to implant, according to Cyberonics.

Dr Patricia Osborne Shafer, chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation of America's National Professional Advisory Board, commented that the new device will be less visible and more comfortable than previous models, especially for people of smaller body size