Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Viveve Announces New Category III CPT Code for its Stress Urinary Incontinence Procedure

 

New code approved by American Medical Association and supported by key medical societies

 

Long-term pathway for potential reimbursement now established for Companys dual-energy noninvasive treatment for urethral hypermobility to improve stress urinary incontinence in women

 

 

Englewood, CO July 7, 2021 Viveve Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVE), a medical technology company focused on women’s intimate health, today announced that the American Medical Association (AMA) has issued a new Category III Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code for the Company’s dual-energy procedure effective January 1, 2022. The new code establishes a pathway for potential reimbursement for Viveve’s noninvasive treatment under evaluation in the PURSUIT trial to improve stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women if approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this indication.

 

The new Category III CPT code for Viveve’s dual-energy procedure is defined as: endovaginal cryogen-cooled, monopolar radiofrequency remodeling of the tissue surrounding the female bladder neck and proximal urethra for urinary incontinence. Category III CPT codes are AMA approved for new and developing technology, procedures and services. They allow for specific data collection and assessment over time for potential Category I qualification.

 

“The AMA approval of a new Category III CPT code is a significant milestone in our SUI clinical development and commercialization strategy. Issuance of the new code reflects the strong clinical evidence and potential benefit of our noninvasive, dual-energy procedure for improving SUI in women as reviewed by the AMA and supported by key medical specialty societies. Importantly, the new code establishes a pathway for potential reimbursement for the Company to pursue as we advance and complete our pivotal PURSUIT trial in the U.S.,” said Scott Durbin, Viveve’s chief executive officer. “Our strategic focus is to address the current unmet need of the estimated 11 million women in the U.S who suffer daily from SUI with an effective, noninvasive treatment option. Pending potential positive results from our PURSUIT trial and a potential new SUI indication in the U.S., we believe the Viveve procedure could become a preferred SUI treatment option that may be broadly covered by insurance in the future.”

 

About Viveve

Viveve Medical, Inc. is a medical technology company focused on women’s intimate health. Viveve is committed to advancing new solutions to improve women’s overall well-being and quality of life. The internationally patented Viveve® System incorporates cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency technology to uniformly deliver volumetric heating while gently cooling surface tissue to generate neocollagenesis in a single in-office session. In the United States, the Viveve® System is cleared by the FDA for use in general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis. International regulatory approvals and clearances have been received for vaginal laxity and/or improvement in sexual function indications in more than 50 countries.

 

 

 

Viveve continues to advance its clinical development program in SUI. Recently reported FDA approved changes to the U.S. pivotal PURSUIT trial protocol are intended to strengthen the overall study and its potential to achieve its primary efficacy endpoint. Study changes including an increase in the trial’s size and more strict patient selection criteria were a result of guidance from Viveve’s Clinical Advisory Board upon review of positive results from the Company’s SUI feasibility and preclinical studies. Viveve received FDA approval of its IDE application to conduct the multicenter, randomized, double-blinded, sham-controlled PURSUIT trial for improvement of SUI in women in July 2020 and FDA approval of its requested amendments to the IDE protocol as reported on December 10, 2020. Initiation of the trial was reported on January 21, 2021 and subject enrollment is underway. If positive, results from the PURSUIT trial may support a new SUI indication in the U.S.

 

For more information visit www.viveve.com.

 

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Viveve is a registered trademark of Viveve, Inc.

 

CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

 

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