How Boston Sci is getting drug-eluting stents and balloons into legs

“In the peripheral arteries, we use a nitinol self-expanding stent that typically is much larger and much longer,” said Jeff Mirviss, the head of Boston Sci’s peripheral interventions business, of the Eluvia drug-eluting stent. [Eluvia image courtesy of Boston Scientific]Boston Scientific officials think they have a leg up when it comes to bringing drug-eluting technology to bear on peripheral artery disease. That’s because the medical device giant has decades of experience with balloons and drug-eluting stents used around the heart. When it comes to treating the narrowing arteries in the legs and thighs, Boston Sci has its Eluvia drug-eluting stent, which received a CE Mark in early 2016, and its Ranger drug-coated balloon, which received a CE Mark in 2014. (Until Boston Sci is able to market the Ranger in the U.S., the company is distributing C.R. Bard’s Lutonix drug-coated balloon.) It goes without saying, though, that peripheral arteries are not the same as coronary arteries. Jeff Mirviss, the head of Boston Sci’s peripheral interventions business, recently explained the story behind the Eluvia and Ranger’s development to MDO: MDO: What were some of the technological challenges that Boston Scientific had to overcome to create drug-eluting device technologies such as the Eluvia and the Ranger for use in peripheral vasculature? Jeff Mirviss, Boston Scientific Mirviss: Boston Scientific has been doing work in the drug-device combinat...
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