St. Jude Medical Announces First Patient Implant in Clinical Trial of Cardiac Plug

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St. Jude Medical, Inc. issued a press release today announcing the first patient implant in a clinical trial of the company’s AMPLATZER™ Cardiac Plug (ACP), a device designed to prevent stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.  According to the press release, the ACP is

[a] self-expanding occlusion device constructed from nitinol mesh, and delivered via catheter [and] is designed to completely seal the [left atrial appendage (LAA)] (a tubular-shaped, muscular appendage connected to the left atrium of the heart) at its opening, and minimize blood clots from forming in the LAA and migrating into the bloodstream.

The press release states that the trial will compare the safety and efficacy of the device to the traditional treatment option of using long-term, blood-thinning medication.

Daniel Fullerton
Daniel C. Fullerton is an associate in the firm’s Orange County office. Mr. Fullerton specializes in intellectual property law, with a focus on patent preparation and prosecution in the medical device field. During law school, Mr. Fullerton worked as a clinical intern for the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic, where he worked on various copyright and other intellectual property matters for individuals and non-profits.
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