Cypher stent

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Cypher is a brand of drug-eluting coronary stent from Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company. During a balloon angioplasty, the stent is inserted into the artery to provide a "scaffold" to open the artery. An anti-rejection-type medication, sirolimus, helps to limit the overgrowth of normal cells while the artery heals which reduces the chance of re-blockage in the treated area known as restenosis, and reduces the chances that another procedure is required.[1][2]

The Cypher stent was approved for use by the FDA in 2003.[2] Following claims of inconsistent manufacturing processes and poor sales, Johnson & Johnson have announced that it will stop selling Cypher stents by the end of 2011.[3]

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  1. ^ "Learn about CYPHER Stent, the latest advance in stent technology". Cordis Corporation. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b "CYPHER™ Sirolimus-eluting Coronary Stent - P020026". U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved 1 Aug 2016. 
  3. ^ "J&J to quit struggling heart stent business". Reuters. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-07-18.