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Thoratec Reports First Quarter 2012 Results
Date:5/1/2012

n the U.S., there are now 109 centers with Joint Commission certification for DT reimbursement.

Thoratec also commented on the initial results from the DT post-approval study, which show encouraging trends toward improvement since the clinical trial. These initial results were presented at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation by Dr. Ulrich Jorde from Columbia University. The DT post-approval study includes the first 247 DT patients enrolled into INTERMACS from 61 U.S. centers following FDA approval.  The study is still ongoing and will reach full two-year follow-up for all patients this Fall. One-year survival for these patients reached 75%, demonstrating continuing improvement relative to the published results from the pivotal trial cohort as well as the DT Continued Access Protocol (CAP).  In terms of critical adverse events, HeartMate II continued to demonstrate a low level of thromboembolic complications, while length of stay, bleeding, and infection are all showing favorable trends relative to the clinical trial.

"HeartMate II continues to deliver excellent real-world clinical outcomes for patients with advanced heart failure, and we were excited to treat our 10,000th patient during the first quarter.  We look forward to building upon this important milestone by continuing to invest in both our market development activities as well as our innovative pipeline of new technologies," Burbach commented.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Thoratec reported revenues of $126.8 million in the first quarter of 2012 versus revenues of $99.5 million in the first quarter of 2011. The HeartMate product line accounted for $111.7 million in revenues versus $87.3 million a year ago, an increase of 28%. Sales of the acute support product line, which includes CentriMag and PediMag®, were $8.7 million compared with $4.4 million a year ago. Of the $8.7 million in revenues this quarter, approximately $2.7 million were increm
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