This is very bad news, especially since medical interest in the pump has started to rebound. I know of one large teaching hospital on the west coast that just started an HAI pump program. They sent physicians and surgeons to MSKCC for training. What are they supposed to do now?
Even my liver surgeon, Dr. D'Angelica, implored Cerenovus (that's who makes the pump, they are a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) to continue making it for "ethical reasons" if nothing else. But nope. They declined.
The decision seems to be based on the fact that some suppliers of pieces of the pump have exited the business. Cerenovus doesn't want to find new suppliers for a low volume product (they sell about 300 pumps a year in the US). The pumps cost $7,000 to $11,000 so it isn't a huge profit maker for them, I guess.
But how much is a life worth?
This thing saves lives. It saved my life. We have to convince someone to keep making it.
Here is a good article about the decision if you want to read more:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/health/liver-pump-cancer-medical-device.html