Royalty revenue for the second quarter of 2009 was based on BSC's net sales for the period January 1, 2009 to March 31, 2009 of $252 million, of which $119 million was in the United States, compared to net sales of $353 million for the second quarter of 2008, of which $195 million was in the United States. The average gross royalty rate earned in the three month period ended June 30, 2009 on BSC's net sales was 6.6% for sales in the United States and 6.2% for sales in other countries.
Option(TM) Inferior Vena Cava Filter. In June 2009, we announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") had granted 510(k) clearance for the Option(TM) Inferior Vena Cava ("IVC") Filter, for use in both permanent and retrievable indications. We commenced commercial sales of the Option IVC Filter in the United States in July 2009.
IVC filters are implanted in patients that are at high risk for developing pulmonary embolism, which can be a life threatening condition. IVC filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava and are designed to catch clot material to prevent it from reaching the lungs, while allowing blood to continue to flow normally. Patients at high risk for pulmonary embolism are typically patients undergoing a significant surgical procedure, trauma patients or patients that have experienced a previous embolic event. IVC filters have been shown in several studies to significantly reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism and related mortality in certain high risk patient populations. In certain cases, once the risk of an embolic event has passed, the IVC filter will be removed in a subsequent surgical procedure. We believe the Option IVC Filter may have a number of potential competitive benefits, which include a unique filter design that may reduce the potential for filter migration after implantation, thereby making the product safer for patients, ins
|SOURCE Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.|
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