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New Bypass Surgery for Stroke Riskier Than Drug Treatment
Date:11/8/2011

bursed by Medicare for acute stroke treatment despite a lack of evidence that they improve clinical outcome in acute stroke patients as compared to standard therapy," Broderick said.

This happens because the rules for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and Medicare reimbursement of devices are different from the rules for approving drugs, he said. This makes it harder to get people to take part in clinical trials of devices, because they are in use before they are clinically proven to work, he added.

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For more information on stroke, visit the American Stroke Association.

SOURCES: William J. Powers, M.D., H. Houston Merritt Distinguished Professor and Chairman Adult Neurology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill; Joseph P. Broderick, M.D., Albert Barnes Voorheis Chair of Neurology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Ralph Sacco, M.D., Chairman of Neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Nov. 9, 2011, Journal of the American Medical Association


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