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When will the "Absorb" stent be available to the public?

I have been following the break-through heart stent "Absorb". When will this stent be available to the public?  

submitted by George from Lubbock, Texas on 2/13/2014


Neil E. Strickman, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD  

It will likely be some time before this stent for coronary arteries is commercially available to the public. It currently is in clinical trials; criteria/acceptance into the trial is difficult; only one size stent is available (3mm x 20mm); and it is expensive. 

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Updated February 2014
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