Medtronic receives FDA approval for new indication for Complete self-expanding stent


Medtronic announced on 21 April 2010 that it has received approval from the FDA for the Complete SE Vascular Stent System to be used for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease in the iliac arteries.

“The Complete SE Vascular Stent System provides physicians with a new treatment option that offers significant benefits for patients with narrowed iliac arteries due to peripheral vascular disease,” said Robert Molnar, of Michigan Vascular Research Center in Flint, USA. “The system enables highly accurate stent placement in the iliacs, reducing the likelihood of stent ‘jumping’, which we commonly see during deployment with the use of many self-expanding stent systems.”

Molnar and William Gray, director of endovascular intervention at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, led the study (as co-principal investigators) that contributed to this approval.

The Complete SE Vascular Stent System features several novel advances, including an innovative dual-deployment delivery system with a unique triaxial design. The new delivery system is made up of an inner shaft, a retractable sheath and a stabilising sheath that reduces friction and allows the retractable sheath to move back freely. This decreases the amount of force required to deploy the stent, thereby making deployment easy and precise.

“FDA approval of the Complete SE Vascular Stent System for a peripheral indication marks a successful milestone in our peripheral arterial disease clinical research program,” said Sean Salmon, vice president and general manager of Coronary and Peripheral, part of the CardioVascular business, at Medtronic. “Following our acquisition of Invatec, this approval augments Medtronic’s offerings in a large and growing market where patients are significantly under-diagnosed and could benefit from expanded treatment options.”

In other areas of Medtronic’s peripheral arterial disease clinical research program, physicians are progressing with enrolment in two additional indication-specific trials, one investigating the use of the Complete SE stent for the treatment of superficial femoral artery stenoses, and the other studying the balloon-expandable Assurant Cobalt stent in treating iliac artery disease.