FDA approves SynCardia’s artificial-heart power pack

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the nod to Tucson-based SynCardia Systems Inc. to begin marketing in the U.S. its Freedom portable driver that powers the company’s total artificial heart.

Not only does that mean the company will begin hiring more people to make and sell the device, but it also means reducing the length of stay in hospitals for heart transplant patients. Before SynCardia invented the Freedom portable driver, U.S. patients were stuck in the hospital for years because the power pack that charges the company’s artificial heart was too big to allow patients to move around freely.

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