NuVasive Receives FDA Clearance for Expanded Indications of Use for Attrax Putty with Company’s Thoracolumbar Interbody Portfolio

Attrax Putty is the first and only synthetic biologic to receive 510(k) clearance for use with thoracolumbar interbody systems

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery with minimally disruptive, procedurally integrated solutions, today announced the Company received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for expanded indications of use for Attrax® Putty with its comprehensive thoracolumbar interbody portfolio for spine surgery. Attrax Putty is the first synthetic biologic to receive indications for use in interbody fusions of the thoracolumbar spine.

The NuVasive Attrax Putty is a synthetic, bioactive and osteoconductive bone void filler designed to drive bone fusion. This proprietary, advanced biomaterial features a surface microarchitecture which provides an optimized environment for bone formation without added cells or growth factors. Attrax Putty is one of only a few bone grafting devices on the market supported by a Level I randomized controlled trial as a bone graft substitute in posterolateral spinal fusions.1 Recent studies have demonstrated that Attrax Putty performs comparably to autograft bone in thoracolumbar interbody fusions.2,3

“The expanded indications of Attrax Putty with thoracolumbar implants support the clinical efficacy of Attrax Putty and highlight the comparative clinical advantage over competitive biologic offerings in the market,” said Ryan Donahoe, chief technology officer at NuVasive. “This first and only 510(k) clearance of its kind demonstrates NuVasive’s commitment to advancing the standard of spine care—while delivering enhanced economic value to our customers.”

With this clearance, Attrax Putty can now be used with NuVasive’s procedurally integrated thoracolumbar interbody portfolio that includes the Advanced Materials Science™ (AMS) technologies of Modulus® porous titanium and Cohere® Porous PEEK™. These AMS implants are rooted in three key principles of surface, structure, and imaging and designed to enhance the osseointegration and biomechanical properties of implant materials.4,5

“I’m excited to see the FDA recognizing that the clinical results support the safe and effective use of these advanced implant combinations,” said Robert Eastlack, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Scripps Health in San Diego and board member of the San Diego Spine Foundation. “In my practice and clinical research, patients treated with optimized porous titanium cages like Modulus XLIF in combination with Attrax Putty have shown notable radiographic and clinical success. This implant combination for spinal fusion has driven cost-savings at my institution while continuing to provide clinical value for my patients.”

About NuVasive
NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is the leader in spine technology innovation, with a mission to transform surgery, advance care, and change lives. The Company’s less-invasive, procedurally integrated surgical solutions are designed to deliver reproducible and clinically proven outcomes. The Company’s comprehensive procedural portfolio includes surgical access instruments, spinal implants, fixation systems, biologics, software for surgical planning, navigation and imaging solutions, magnetically adjustable implant systems for spine and orthopedics, and intraoperative neuromonitoring technology and service offerings. With more than $1 billion in net sales, NuVasive has approximately 2,700 employees and operates in more than 50 countries serving surgeons, hospitals, and patients. For more information, please visit

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1 Lehr MA, Oner CF, Delawi D, et al. Efficacy of a standalone microporous ceramic vs. autograft in instrumented posterolateral spinal fusion; a multicenter, randomized, intra-patient controlled, non-inferiority trial. Spine 2020;45(14):944-51.
2 Malone H, Mundis GM, Collier M, et al. A novel approach to evaluating lateral lumbar interbody fusion using a 3D-Printed Porous Titanium Interbody Device. 27th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques. Online. July-August, 2020.
3 Menezes C. Attrax Putty vs. autograft in XLIF: A prospective, randomized, single-center evaluation of radiographic and clinical outcomes. Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Forum 21. Las Vegas, NV. October 28-30, 2021.
4 Preclinical data on file. Data may not be representative of clinical results. TR 9604787.
5 Representative coupon, preclinical data on file. Data may not be representative of clinical results. TR 9604781.


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