FDAnews Device Daily Bulletin

St. Jude Launches Heart Products in Japan

March 11, 2008

St. Jude Medical has received regulatory approval from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for its Tailor flexible ring and band.

These products are the company’s first for repairing diseased heart valves to be available in Japan and are designed to help surgeons in the repair of the heart’s mitral and tricuspid valves.

In 2005, the number of valve repair procedures in Japan rose more than 20 percent to approximately 6,400 procedures, according to St. Jude.

The products are approved in the U.S. and Europe.