VANCOUVER, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin marketing sizes 3-0 and 4-0 of its Quill Self-Retaining System (SRS) Polydioxanone (PDO) product line. The Quill SRS PDO is a longer-lasting absorbable suture, which is typically used for deeper tissue closures. These smaller diameter sizes incorporate a new design for better holding strength and expand the number and scope of procedures that can be done with the Quill SRS product.
"We are pleased to receive 510(k) approval for these new smaller diameter sizes. We intend to continue to broaden our Quill SRS product offering to cover multiple procedures for wound closure and tissue approximation," said Dr. William Hunter, President and CEO of Angiotech.
Angiotech plans to exhibit the Quill SRS product line at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) to be held May 1-6 in San Diego, California.
About the Quill(TM) Self-Retaining System (SRS)
The Quill SRS represents a revolutionary technology in wound closure made possible by bidirectional fixation within the wound. Its patented design allows the surgeon to begin closure at the midpoint of the wound and suture in two directions from the midpoint. Barbs within the Quill SRS distribute tension across the wound and eliminate the need for knots. This highly efficient, knot-less system can save significant procedural time in the operating room while also enhancing wound closure.
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and sell our products; the ability of Boston Scientific Corporation to
successfully manufacture, market and sell their paclitaxel-eluting coronary
stent products; the continued availability of capital to finance our
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Quill(TM) is a trademark of Quill Medical, Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(C)2008 Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company with over 1,500 dedicated employees. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit our website at http://www.angiotech.com.
CONTACT: Deirdre Neary, Manager, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (604) 222-7056, email@example.com
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