Merit Medical Systems out South Jordan, Utah received 510(K) clearance from the FDA for the Merit Laureate hydrophilic guide wire.
"This product will be sold in both our cardiology and radiology sales points," Lampropoulos added. "Procedures that include drainage catheter access, dialysis catheter placement as well as difficult vascular access procedures commonly use hydrophilic guide wires."
The Merit Laureate(TM) guide wire is fabricated from a unique core nitinol wire, covered with a urethane jacket and coated with a proprietary process that produces a slippery surface. Features of the wire, including torquability and pushability, allow passage through tortuous anatomy.