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News Release - March 31, 2009
Medtronic Announces International Market Release of Driver Sprint RX Coronary Stent SystemDesign Innovations Contribute to Improved Deliverability
MINNEAPOLIS--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT ), today began the international launch of the Driver Sprint RX Coronary Stent System, which received the CE (Conformité Européene) Mark in February 2009 and is planned to be commercially available in more than 100 countries worldwide.
“The Driver stent system has always been very deliverable,” explained leading stent researcher Dr. C. Dubois of Leuven University Hospital in Belgium. “Now, the new Driver Sprint system makes it even more deliverable for the most challenging anatomy.”
The new system combines the proven Driver Bare-Metal Stent (BMS), which is already recognized worldwide for being highly deliverable, with an improved delivery system. Specifically, it incorporates a new tip design for a low profile and an enhanced shaft design which together greatly improve the device’s deliverability. These innovations are also incorporated in Medtronic’s Endeavor Sprint and Resolute drug-eluting stent Systems.
The Driver BMS (www.driverstent.com) is the platform of Medtronic’s coronary stents, which provide physicians with choices to address the spectrum of clinical needs. Its unique modular construction and ultrathin, round, edgeless struts allow for smooth delivery. This design also provides excellent radial strength and high conformability to the vessel wall. More than two million Driver stents have been implanted worldwide since 2002, when the device was first approved for use in clinical practice.
The Driver stent has been thoroughly evaluated in a variety of research settings. The outcomes of more than 3,400 patients followed in both registries and randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the device’s clinical efficacy. Short-term target lesion revascularization (TLR) rates for Driver patients in registries are low, ranging from 3.4 – 9.4 percent at six months and from 6.7 – 7.0 percent at nine months. In addition, nearly 600 Driver patients were followed to four years in ENDEAVOR II, and five-year data from this trial is due for release at EuroPCR in May. The TLR rate for these Driver patients (n=599) at four years is low for a BMS at 15.8 percent.
Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world.
Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 25, 2008. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.
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