News | May 19, 2015

Abbott Gains European Approval for New Advancement of Absorb Stent

GT1 iteration includes GlideTrack catheter delivery system

Abbott, Absorb, dissolving stent, resorbable, CE Mark, Europe

May 19, 2015 — Abbott announced that it has received CE Mark for the latest advancement of its Absorb stent system, called Absorb GT1. Absorb GT1 combines a fully dissolving stent with a next-generation delivery catheter to help doctors treat people with heart disease. Built upon three generations of delivery catheter innovations, Absorb GT1 refers to the GlideTrack catheter, Abbott’s advanced stent delivery system, which is designed to make it easier for doctors to access and treat diseased vessels in people with coronary artery disease (CAD). The GlideTrack catheter incorporates several design and technology changes that have the potential to improve deliverability and performance.

“Absorb GT1 will enable physicians to treat more people with coronary artery disease due to its improved delivery system,” said Christoph Kurt Naber, director of Contilia Heart and Vascular Centre, Essen, Germany. “Dissolving stents are the next logical step in the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease as these stents completely dissolve after opening up clogged arteries and restoring blood flow. With the prevalence of CAD around the world, this therapy has the potential to improve the health of many people.”

Last year, Abbott announced positive one-year clinical results from ABSORB II, the world’s first prospective, randomized, controlled trial comparing the safety and effectiveness of the fully dissolving Absorb heart device to Abbott’s metallic Xience family of drug-eluting stents. At one year, overall clinical outcomes for Absorb were comparable to Xience. The trial, conducted primarily in Europe, included 501 people with CAD. At EuroPCR, a scientific meeting for cardiologists held in Paris, Absorb data will be presented throughout the conference, which runs from May 19-21, 2015.

Absorb is currently available in more than 70 countries worldwide. The company recently completed its submission for regulatory approval of Absorb in Japan, and it plans to submit reports, including data from pivotal trials, for regulatory approvals in the United States and China in the coming months. Combined, these three countries represent more than 50 percent of the world’s heart stent procedures.

Currently, Absorb is an investigational device in the U.S. and is not approved for U.S. commercial use.

The device functions like a metallic stent by opening a blocked artery in the heart and restoring blood flow. However, unlike a metallic stent, which cages the vessel, Absorb is more flexible and dissolves over time, leaving behind a treated vessel free of a permanent implant with the potential to flex, pulse and dilate in response to various demands on the heart, based on people’s lifestyle and activities, such as exercise.

Abbott’s BVS delivers everolimus, an anti-proliferative drug used in Abbott’s Xience coronary stent systems.

For more information: www.abbott.com

Related Content

Videos | Cath Lab | August 13, 2018
Jeffrey Schussler, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, FSCCT, FACP, interventional cardiologist at Baylor Scott White Heart and Vascul
Shockwave Launches Coronary Intravascular Lithotripsy in Europe
News | Cath Lab | May 30, 2018
Shockwave Medical recently announced the European commercial availability of Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) for...
FFR software on the GE Centricity CVIS. A trial from the 2018 EuroPCR meeting showed FFR improves long-term outcomes.
News | Cath Lab | May 29, 2018
May 29, 2018 — Ongoing controversy exists regarding the role of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for stable c
SCAI Updates Consensus on Length of Stay for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
News | Cath Lab | May 15, 2018
Revised guidelines incorporating new data on discharge criteria for patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary...
No Benefit Found Using Sodium Bicarbonate, Acetylcysteine to Prevent Kidney Injury, the result of the PRESERVE Trial to prevent acute kidney injury (AKI), presented at SCAI 2018.  #SCAI, #SCAI2018,
Feature | Cath Lab | May 15, 2018
May 15, 2018 – The large-scale, international randomized PRESERVE clinical trial found high-risk patients for renal c
Angiogram of a STEMI patient.
News | Cath Lab | May 15, 2018
May 15, 2018 — A contemporary, real-world analysis shows lower mortality rates when culprit-only intervention is used
Recent Acquisitions Eroding Prices in Billion Dollar European Interventional Cardiology cath lab Market.
Feature | Cath Lab | May 07, 2018 | Simon Trinh and Jeffrey Wong
The European interventional cardiology market is currently valued at nearly $1.4 billion.
Videos | Cath Lab | May 07, 2018
Imran Ahmad, M.D., medical director of interventional cardiology, explains some of the new technologies his labs have
360 Photos | Cath Lab | April 20, 2018
A 360 degree view of the newest cath lab at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., located
SCAI Announces Global Lecture Series for 2018 Scientific Sessions
News | Cath Lab | April 18, 2018
Many of the world’s leading interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular professionals will convene in San Diego,...
Overlay Init