Meril is a global medical device company operating in more than 100 countries. It is dedicated to the design and development of novel, clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and best-in-class devices to alleviate human suffering and improve the quality of life. Operating across the broad operational canvas from vascular interventional devices to orthopedics, endo-surgery, and in-vitro diagnostics, the company has a strong commitment towards R & D and adherence to best quality standards and technology.
Meril has become the first Indian company in the world to make the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) therapy available for patients. The human heart has four valves that are synchronized to open and close according to the heart’s rhythm. Heart valves play a very important role in ensuring blood flows in the correct direction within the heart and out of it. So that eventually the human body is assured proper blood supply.
Let’s hear what Dr. Ashok Seth, Chairman & Interventional cardiologist of Fortis escorts Heart institute, New Delhi & Head Cardiology Council of Fortis Group of Hospitals has to say about Myval. – “In number of ways it has been a very user friendly device which got created in India and has performed really well on patients, where there was no incident of stroke nor any moderate or severe paravalvular leak or any device related complications. So in all the valve performed well and met all the endpoints of safety and efficiency in this first human study of one year.”
He further elaborates; TAVI is now becoming standard of care and is now being used for low risk patients as well; proving its superiority to Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR). Due to constraints in healthcare spends it’s time to welcome new innovations across the world which would not only bring new devices but could also be easier to implant and simple in multiple ways. Along with the other benefits TAVR procedure should also be cost-effective which would be beneficial in developing countries initially and later on in developed countries as well.
To sum it up, this is a true leap forward for India for a greatly advanced technology, which, till now had only come from the west to actually come up with a valve which can now be sold in Europe and can be used at a much lower cost than the western valves. It is a great credit to Indian science & a great contribution from Indian science to the rest of the world.