FDA OKs device used in treatment of artery disease

Story excerpt provided by The Toledo Blade.

Written by Janet Stengle.

A Toledo, Ohio, medical device company has received federal approval to use an improved catheter to help certain vascular patients at hospitals nationwide.

VentureMed Group Ltd. recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance to use its FLEX Scoring catheter, a device designed to treat peripheral artery disease patients.

Such patients suffer from blockages in peripheral arteries, which carry blood from the heart to the legs. Plaque buildup often occurs in the leg, or femoral popliteal space, and could lead to leg amputation.

“I sort of refer to that area of the body as the Wild West,” said Dr. John Pigott, founder and chief science officer of VentureMed. “It’s a shoot out, there’s a lot of different inventions.”

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Originally published July 12, 2016.

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