Ambu, Boston Sci execs see domination for single-use scopes

Hospital closures connected to COVID-19 have cut into the sales of many medical device companies, but executives at rival makers of single-use scopes say pandemic has only heightened existing concerns about contamination, exposure and cost.

In interviews in this week’s DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast, executives from Ambu A/S  and Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX)  said improved technology make single-use scopes as effective as reusable scopes without carrying the price tag or risk of infection traditional scopes require.

Steve Block, president of Ambu US, projected that over the next decade disposable scopes will account for a majority of devices sold, saying they’ll perform better than traditional devices, cost less, and eliminate the risk of infection. “There is just no reason to use a reusable product,” he said. He said Ambu has sold single-use scopes into 96% of the Top 500 hospitals in the US performing bronchoscopies.

Block appeared on the podcast alongside…

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