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Implantable medical device having biologically active polymeric casing.

U.S. patent: 6,968,234

Issued: November 22, 2005

Inventor: Kenneth B. Stokes

Assigned: Medtronic

Key statement: An implantable medical device has a medical unit, such as a pacemaker lead, and a casing at least partially enclosing the medical unit. The casing is formed of a base polymer such as polyurethane, a polyurethane copolymer, a fluoropolymer and a polyolefin or a silicone rubber. The casing has biologically active agents covalently bonded to the base polymer. Examples of suitable biologically active agents are microbial peptide agents, detergents, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cations, amine-containing organosilicones, diphosphohated, fatty acids and fatty acid salts.
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Author:Samples, Bob
Publication:Rubber World
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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