Medtronic Issues Statement Regarding Error in Its IN.PACT Global Postmarket Registry Data, Though Conclusions Still Supported


February 18, 2019—Due to a programming error in its data reporting at specific follow-up periods from the IN.PACT Global postmarket study of its In.Pact Admiral paclitaxel-coated balloon, Medtronic and study authors will be revising and correcting its related publications. The company notes that this error pertains only to the postmarket study, and that a revised analysis still supports the primary conclusions of its key presentations and publications in January 2019 stating no difference in all-cause mortality between the In.Pact and plain balloon angioplasty, no correlation between dosing and long-term survival, and no difference in paclitaxel dose between overall survival in patients treated with In.Pact and those who died. 

However, several key papers will need to be revised to reflect the corrected data, including the updated safety analysis presented at LINC 2019 and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Medtronic's full statement: 

DUBLIN - February 15, 2019 - Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today issued the following statement regarding revised clinical study data:

Recently, Medtronic became aware of a programming error in the clinical data reporting isolated to the two- and three-year follow-up periods in our IN.PACT Global post-market study, part of the IN.PACT Admiral clinical program for the treatment of femoropopliteal artery disease. Preliminary results of this study were first released at the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC) and Medtronic issued a press release summarizing the results on January 22, 2019.

Due to a programming error, mortality data were inadvertently omitted from the summary tables included in the statistical analysis. These deaths were, however, previously included and reported in Medtronic's database, captured in the appropriate study exit forms and adjudicated by an independent clinical events committee. In addition, the deaths were previously recorded in Medtronic's complaint system, and MDR/Vigilance reporting has been completed in compliance with the company's Quality Systems, which are governed by external regulatory requirements.

Immediately upon learning of this error, Medtronic notified the FDA and the study authors. While a component of the recent patient-level meta-analysis will need to be updated, Medtronic has found the revised analysis still supports earlier conclusions that: there was no statistically significant difference in all-cause mortality between the IN.PACT™ Admiral™ drug-coated balloon (DCB) and plain balloon angioplasty at five years; there is no correlation between paclitaxel dosing and long-term survival in the studied population; and, there was no difference in mean nominal dose of paclitaxel between overall survival in patients treated with DCB and those who died.

The data update impacts the publication of the IN.PACT Global two-year data in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Interventions (JACC CI), and the IN.PACT paclitaxel safety analysis, which is in print with the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). Medtronic has confirmed no other IN.PACT studies are affected by this error, and it's important to note this discrepancy is limited to deaths after the one-year timepoint.

Respecting the scientific process, the revised analysis is currently moving through the appropriate peer-review with the study authors and JACC so the manuscripts can be appropriately corrected.

Medtronic also notes a related study published on February 12, 2019 in JAMA Cardiology, "Association of Survival With Femoropopliteal Artery Revascularization With Drug-Coated Devices." The study authors concluded: "In this large nationwide analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services beneficiaries, there was no evidence of increased all-cause mortality following femoropopliteal artery revascularization with drug-coated devices compared with non-drug-coated devices."

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