Longer Stent Lengths Approved for Medtronic
Posted on February 28, 2013 @ 09:13 am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved longer lengths of Medtronic’s Resolute Integrity drug-eluting stent. The new 34 mm and 38 mm lengths of the stent in diameters of 3.0 mm, 3.5 mm and 4.0 mm were given the OK for an indication for patients with diabetes. According to the company, these new sizes of the Resolute Integrity stent enable the treatment of long coronary lesions, which are generally considered to span more than 27 mm. Like the core sizes approved by the FDA in February 2012, the 34 mm and 38mm lengths of the Resolute Integrity stent are uniquely indicated for treating the coronary artery disease of patients with diabetes, who commonly present with long lesions.
“Long coronary lesions and diabetes represent two distinct but often interrelated clinical challenges,” said Ronald Caputo, M.D., director of cardiac services and cardiology research at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. “The new sizes of the Resolute Integrity drug-eluting stent address both challenges in a single device. They have the potential to reduce procedure time and cost for clinicians and hospitals, as well as vessel trauma and contrast exposure for patients.”
The analysis included data on 222 patients who received a 38mm Resolute stent for the treatment of coronary lesions of no greater than 35 mm in length. The primary endpoint for the analysis was target lesion failure (TLF)—a composite of cardiac death, target vessel myocardial infarction and clinically-driven target lesion revascularization (TLR)—at one year of follow-up.
The long-lesion analysis met its primary endpoint, with a one-year TLF rate of 4.5 percent. Among the 38 percent of patients with diabetes, the one-year TLF rate was similarly low at 6.0 percent. The one-year rates of clinically driven TLR for all patients and the subset of diabetes patients were 1.4 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.
Medtronic Inc. is based in Minneapolis, Minn., and produces medical devices in a broad range of segments.
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