St. Jude Gets Japanese Approval for Heart Failure Treatment Products


July 17, 2007

July 17, 2007 - St. Jude Medical Inc. today announced that it received regulatory approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and reimbursement approval for its first CRT-D systems to be marketed in Japan.

The two new systems used to treat heart failure patients have been approved, including the Atlas HF CRT-D (cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator) and the Epic HF CRT-D, which are used in conjunction with the QuickSite left-heart lead and delivered through the Apeel CS catheter delivery system.

The Atlas HF CRT-D reportedly delivers high output and tailored waveforms for patients with hearts that are difficult to defibrillate. The Epic HF CRT-D is designed for improved patient comfort.

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