US FDA Approves Use of Latest Israeli Invented PillCam to Monitor Crohn’s Disease

August 13, 2013 12:33 pm 3 comments
Given Imaging's PillCam, camera in a capsule to swallow, for Crohn's patients and others with small bowel problems. Photo: Given Imaging.

Given Imaging's PillCam, a tiny camera in a capsule made to be swallowed, for Crohn's patients and others with small bowel problems. Photo: Given Imaging.

Sufferers of Crohn’s and other diseases, including obscure gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding and iron deficiency anemia, will benefit from the US Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) clearance Tuesday of the next generation PillCam, SB 3, created by Israeli capsule endoscopy developer Given Imaging, which is listed on the Tel Aviv and Nasdaq stock exchanges. The new cameras will be marketed in the US starting in the fourth quarter of this year.

In a statement, Given Imaging president and CEO Homi Shamir said, “With more than 2 million procedures conducted since the first generation of the product was introduced, PillCam SB has had a significant impact on patient care in the US and across the globe. We believe PillCam SB 3 will both enhance the clinical experience for our large base of existing US customers and expand the market for this product among new physicians who have not been performing PillCam procedures.”

On the company’s website, Given Imaging notes that 75% of Crohn’s patients have lesions in their small bowel that can be better assessed using its camera technology. In findings, within three months of using the PillCam doctors changed the treatment for 62% of patients and 40% were prescribed new medication.

The new system offers a 30% greater image resolution that delivers more detailed small bowel images and coverage, Given Imaging said.

3 Comments

  • There is a cure for Crohn’s, and it comes from New Zealand. I was cured last year, and I had Crohn’s for 34 years also had 3 operations. I have not had any symptoms for all that time. The website is Resolve Colitis.com. I guarantee it will cure anyone with Crohns or Colitis, and herpes.

    • Did you go on the course of “Back to Health” minerals?

      • Hi Jenny… No I went on the minerals I got from New Zealand, and after 2 weeks I noticed a difference. I have 6 feet of large intestine left, and this is the best I’ve felt in 34 years, and nothing else I’ve done helped. I can eat anything, and no pain… believe me it works. Thanks for your reply.. Dan

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