Merit Medical has received FDA clearance to bring to market its Merit Laureate hydrophilic guide wire, having addressed some manufacturing issues that the FDA had concerns about.
The product promises improved usability for the physician, allowing for one-to-one control of the distal tip with reduced whipping common to other guidewires.
Some features from the product page:
Its exceptional torque control, turn-for-turn responsiveness, and enhanced lesion crossability demonstrates high performance in navigating tortuous vessels. The hydrophilic coating demonstrates enduring lubricity and consistent surface coating adhesion. The Laureate was designed to reduce wire whipping, minimize friction, and to promote rapid catheter exchanges.
Product page: Merit Laureate Hydrophilic Guide Wire