Intersect ENT, Inc. announced that the company has received approval from the FDA for an expanded indication for the PROPEL® mini steroid releasing sinus implant to treat patients undergoing frontal sinus surgery.
This expanded indication allows Intersect ENT to market placement of PROPEL mini in the frontal sinuses, located behind the eyebrows. Previously, PROPEL mini was indicated solely for placement in the ethmoid sinuses, located just behind the bridge of the nose.
“This approval is significant for patients with frontal sinus disease, which has traditionally been difficult to treat and greatly impacts quality of life, with debilitating symptoms including severe headaches,” said Ameet Singh, M.D., of George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, who served as an investigator of the PROGRESS study. “We are grateful to the patients who participated in the PROGRESS trial. The clinical data from the study are compelling for a large majority of patients with chronic frontal sinusitis and clearly illustrate the improved clinical outcomes for frontal sinus surgery patients treated with PROPEL mini.”
“This expanded use of PROPEL mini is a significant step in furthering our mission to improve the quality of life for sinus sufferers and lower the overall cost of patient care,” said Lisa Earnhardt, president and CEO of Intersect ENT. “We are thrilled that patients with frontal sinusitis – which we estimate affects 25 to 30 percent of patients undergoing surgery for chronic sinusitis—can join the more than 100,000 patients to date who have received treatment with PROPEL.”
New Data from PROGRESS Shows Benefit of Treatment with PROPEL Mini
As previously reported, the PROGRESS study was a prospective, randomized, blinded, multi-center study designed to assess the safety and efficacy of PROPEL mini when used following frontal sinus surgery. This study demonstrated a statistically significant 38 percent relative reduction in the need for post-operative interventions compared to surgery alone. Additional statistically significant results included a 75 percent relative reduction in need for surgical intervention, a 56 percent relative reduction in need for oral steroids and a 54 percent relative reduction in frontal sinus restenosis. The device placement success rate was 100 percent and there were no device-related adverse events.
ABOUT PROPEL and PROPEL mini
Intersect ENT’s PROPEL and PROPEL mini are the first and only steroid releasing sinus implants approved by the FDA to maintain the open passages created in surgery. The bioabsorbable products release mometasone furoate, an advanced steroid with anti-inflammatory properties, over time directly into the sinus lining, then fully dissolve. PROPEL’s effectiveness is supported by the highest level of clinical evidence, Level 1a, which demonstrates that PROPEL reduces inflammation and scarring after surgery, thereby lessening the need for post-operative surgical interventions and use of oral steroids. Both PROPEL and PROPEL mini are indicated for use following ethmoid sinus surgery. Additionally, PROPEL mini is indicated for use following frontal sinus surgery.