Abbott Pulls Absorb Stent Off The Market, Citing Low Sales
Abbott is giving up on selling its first-generation biosorbable coronary stent, which failed to match the performance of contemporary metallic drug-eluting stents in clinical trials. The company says it will continue working on the next-generation biosorbable stents and continue the ongoing trials of Absorb GT1 BVS.
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