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Battle Post-op Pain Without Opioids - April 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 6 N ow we'll never know if a machine that administers propofol and monitors vital signs could have pulled off an amazing vanishing act: making anesthesiologists and CRNAs dis- appear from the endoscopy suite. Less than a year into a limited rollout, Ethicon last month pulled the plug on its Sedasys computerized sedation sys- tem with little explanation. "In line with our strategy to further prioritize our invest- ments in high growth and strategic portfolio opportunities, our Ethicon franchise has made the decision to exit the Sedasys business," says Kristen Wallace, Ethicon's director of communications. Ethicon denies safety concerns entered into its decision. Instead, it was likely a confluence of events that doomed Sedasys: poor sales forecasts amid a reimbursement land- scape that would have cut into bundled payments for GI pro- cedures on the one hand, and job cuts and a restructuring of Johnson & Johnson's medical device business on the other. While the company wouldn't release sales numbers, one insid- er told the Wall Street Journal that interest in Sedasys never met expectations. The Sinking of Sedasys What doomed the much-ballyhooed computerized sedation system to failure? Kendal Gapinski Associate Editor • ABORTED LAUNCH Less than a year after a limited rollout, Ethicon is pulling its Sedasys automated sedation system off of the market.

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