Custom Product Briefs

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Whether you're running low on time or have an upcoming value analysis meeting, ECRI Institute's on-demand Product Brief Service makes it easy for hospitals and health plans to submit questions about new brand-name healthcare technologies.

Get the Answers You Need

Take the stress out of your search for answers on brand-name drugs and devices. In a customized three- to six-page ultra-rapid review, we provide a product overview, probe manufacturer claims, list relevant clinical studies and regulatory information, and offer our independent, bottom-line recommendations to answer your questions, allowing you to separate the hype from the evidence. All completed Product Briefs are added to our database.

This service is available as part of our Health Technology Assessment Information Service.

 Make quicker, evidence-based decisions

​In addition to an executive summary, you get a product overview and information on:

  • The Evidence Bar™. ECRI Institute’s proprietary approach to weighing the benefits and harms of a specific, name-brand drug or device shows one of five possible indicators about the evidence: unfavorable, raises concerns, inconclusive, favors, or greatly favors the technology.
  • Purported benefits. See manufacturer claims on a brand-name drug or device.
  • Regulatory status. Has the Food and Drug Administration addressed the need for this type of intervention?
  • Clinical literature. What does the clinical literature say?
  • Safety. Have there been any reported safety issues related to this product?
  • ECRI Institute bottom-line opinions. Our experts offer unbiased, evidence-based guidance on how to proceed with a specific technology.

Depending on the technology and the available evidence, we also offer information on current diagnostics, current treatments, and point of testing.

 Sample Product Briefs



Lithoplasty System (Shockwave Medical, Inc.) for Treating Peripheral Artery Disease System (Shockwave Medical, Inc.) for Treating Peripheral Artery Disease1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM ​The Lithoplasty System combines sound waves with angioplasty to treat calcified plaque in diseased peripheral arteries. The system consists of three components a single-use proprietary balloon catheter, a reusable generator, and a reusable connector cable. The balloon catheter has integrated lithotripsy emitters designed to enhance angioplasty by disrupting calcium before balloon dilation of the stenosis.