FDA Gives Approval for Robotic Exoskeleton

Published by , March 13, 2016 6:10 pm

(WallStreetJournal) Parker Hannifin Corp. has received U.S. regulatory approval to sell its motorized leg braces to people unable to walk. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the company has permission to market the Indego, a wearable robotic skeleton that supports, bends and moves the legs of people with spinal-cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and other types of lower-body paralysis. Each device weighs 26 pounds.
However, Parker Hannifin faces years of work to convince the insurance industry that the health benefit of the devices—at a cost of $80,000 each—are worth covering.

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