Boston Scientific brings next generation asthma therapy to India

First case of Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT), a therapy to address the needs of patients with severe persistent, drug-resistant asthma, performed in India

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New Delhi: Boston Scientific India has announced the availability of Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) Therapy indicated for the treatment of severe, persistent, drug-resistant asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists.The first BT procedure was performed in Royal Care Hospital, Coimbatore.
As per the company’s statement on 13th June, the Bronchial Thermoplasty therapy helps clear the bronchial airways by delivering thermal energy to the smooth muscle. This process decreases constriction in the patient’s airways and enables easier breathing, reducing the frequency and severity of asthma attacks for patients with severe, persistent, drug-resistant asthma.
“There are over 18 million estimated asthmatics in the country, for some of whom currently available medication has failed to provide any relief. Our Bronchial Thermoplasty Therapy holds great promise to help address this need gap. We have sufficient evidence that shows Bronchial Thermoplasty is an effective therapeutic option for patients with severe persistent, drug-resistant asthma,” said Prabal Chakraborty, vice president and managing director, Boston Scientific in India.
Dr Pattabi Raman, Head- Pulmonology Associates, Royal Care Super Specialty Hospital, who performed the first BT procedure said, “This is a ground-breaking solution which may provide a complementary treatment to severe, persistent, drug-resistant asthma patients in the country.”

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IMG-20170613-WA0000The therapy is performed under moderate sedation on an outpatient basis. The first BT patient is a middle-aged woman, who is suffering from severe, persistent, drug-resistant asthma for the past 30 years. She had recurrent asthma attacks and frequent emergency room visits despite her medication regimes.
 As per the company, this therapy has been recognized globally and has been well received in around 20 markets.