FDA panel backs Medtronic brain stimulator

Federal health advisers say a brain stimulating device from Medtronic can be approved for epilepsy, provided the company conducts follow-up safety studies.

The Food and Drug Administration's panel of neurological experts voted 7-5 in favor of Medtronic's Deep Brain Stimulation implant, under certain conditions.

The experts said it should carry warning about depression and memory loss. They also said Medtronic should track patient safety for five years

The FDA is not required to follow the panel's advice, though it usually does.

Medtronic has asked the FDA to approve its implant for reducing seizures caused by epilepsy, a neurological disease.

The device is already approved for other movement disorders, including Parkinson's Disease.

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