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Changing Form, But Not Function: Smith & Nephew Expands NPWT Market

Executive Summary

The drive toward cost-effectiveness and expanded patient access have spurred device developers to take proven therapies or procedures and re-engineer them in ways that make them simpler, less expensive and easier to use. Now, the biggest player in wound care is following suit. In January, Smith & Nephew PLC announced that the FDA had cleared PICO, its new, single-use, pocket-sized negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) system.

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