Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Example of Poly(lactide) usage: resorbable stent

A recent launch by Abbot shows the usefulness of Poly(lactide) (such as that sold at which can be used to make a fully resorbable drug eluting stent.

"Absorb drug-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold is safer and more effective than metallic stents, and the company has begun shipping the device in Europe and parts of the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. The first-of-its-kind tech works much like a common vascular stent at first, restoring blood flow to a clogged vessel and administering the drug everolimus. However, Absorb is made of polylactide, a common material in dissolving sutures, allowing it be resorbed by the body over time, leaving behind a treated vessel free to move, flex, pulsate and dilate, Abbott says.
The commercial launch abroad follows 5 studies in more than 20 countries in which Absorb was found to perform just as well as best-in-class drug-eluting stents, Abbott says. "We are proud to be the first company to commercialize a drug eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold, which has the potential to revolutionize the way physicians treat their patients with coronary artery disease," John Capek, Abbott's executive VP for devices, said in a statement."

Read more: Abbott launches dissolving stent abroad - FierceMedicalDevices
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