Pediatric Electrophysiology Device Needs: A Survey from the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society Taskforce on Pediatric-Specific Devices
Journal of the American Heart Association
FDA; device therapy; pediatric
Background There are few US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved devices specifically aimed at the pediatric patient with arrhythmia. This has led to a high off-label utilization of devices in this vulnerable population. The Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES), the international organization representing pediatric and congenital heart disease arrhythmia specialists, developed a task force to comprehensively address device development issues relevant to pediatric patients with congenital arrhythmia. Methods and Results As a first step, the taskforce developed a 26-question survey for the pediatric arrhythmia community to assess providers' understanding of the FDA approval process, specifically in regard to pediatric labeling. There were 92/211 respondents (44%) with a >90% completion rate. The vast majority of respondents believed there was a paucity of devices available for children (96%). More than 60% of respondents stated that they did not understand the FDA regulatory process and were not aware of whether the devices they used were labeled for pediatric use. Conclusions Pediatric electrophysiologists are keenly aware of the deficit of available pediatric devices for their patients. The majority do not understand the FDA approval process and could benefit from additional educational resources regarding this. A collaborative forum including PACES, FDA, patients and their families, and Industry would be an important next step in clarifying opportunities and priorities to serve this vulnerable population.
Dubin, Anne M.; Bar-Cohen, Yaniv; Berul, Charles I.; Cannon, Bryan C.; Saarel, Elizabeth V.; Shah, Maully J.; and Triedman, John K., "Pediatric Electrophysiology Device Needs: A Survey from the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society Taskforce on Pediatric-Specific Devices" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 1936.