Medical Hall of Shame: Ignoring the USA Thyroid Medical Device Market for 15 Years
The third place is a tie between:
StarMed Korea: A manufacturer of safe proven thyroid friendly RFA system the is used for thyroid nodules and cancer since 2011.
RF Medical Korea: A manufacturer of safe proven thyroid friendly RFA system the is used for thyroid nodules and cancer. founded in 2003.
These companies had the goods to fix many thyroid patients with benign thyroid nodules and thyroid cancers without surgery and they failed to see the upside to getting FDA approval. Both wasted valuable time by going to Europe and Asia first and ignoring the largest market in the USA and Canada. Both were to afraid of the bigger medical device companies and thought they would block or obstruct FDA approval to entry to the US market. They did not try and now in the second half of 2018 we still are without a proper safe system to treat thousands of patients with symptomatic and cosmetic benign nodules and certain types of thyroid cancer.
The fourth inductee is:
Radiology and Interventional Radiologists (IR).
These physicians were hospital based and were very happy doing expensive procedures under anesthesia and had zero interest in a thyroid procedure that kept the patient out of the hospital and away for surgeons. IR physicians have done nothing to help get thyroid RFA into the US. Their only thyroid RFA on patients was done with the “horse” electrode from Medtronic/Coveidien and never repeated as it was too big for the neck and caused bleeding.