Since its inception in 2015, the FDA's breakthrough designation has been awarded to 657 products across 19 areas. Orthopedics is among the top-earning specialties.
Breakthrough designation is given to devices that provide for more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions, according to the FDA. The three areas with the most breakthrough designations are cardiology, neurology and orthopedics.
Here is a breakdown of breakthrough designations by clinical panel:
Gastroenterology and urology: 47
General and plastic surgery: 43
Clinical chemistry: 27
Molecular genetics: 24
Physical medicine: 7
General hospital: 4
Clinical toxicology: 1