Just weeks after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cook Medical's Zilver® PTX® Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent, Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has treated the first patient with the device as part of Cook's U.S. commercial launch.
"It was a great honor for my institution to be first to implant Cook Medical's Zilver PTX as part of the stent's commercial roll-out," said Gary Ansel, M.D., director for the Center for Critical Limb Care at Riverside Methodist Hospital. "This technology is so advanced and offers such prolonged patient benefit, I believe it will very quickly challenge older PAD treatments such as balloon angioplasty and bare metal stenting in the U.S. as the standard of PAD care."
Zilver PTX, approved for use in the above-the-knee femoropopliteal artery, is the only drug-eluting stent approved for use in a peripheral artery in the U.S. The device has a proven drug effect that reduces by more than 50 percent the need for followup procedures to reopen the artery. These followup procedures can be expensive, which places extra burdens on patients, physicians and facilities.
"The first commercial use of this stent represents what I think will be the start of a complete shift in the way physicians will treat PAD patients in this country," said Rob Lyles, vice president and global leader of Cook Medical's Peripheral Intervention division. "Zilver PTX, the only FDA-approved stent that brings the proven benefits of drug elution to the peripheral arteries, is an effective treatment option for patients who suffer with the painful and potentially debilitating consequences of PAD. We are extremely proud to bring this technology to American doctors and the patients they treat."