Patent Number: 6,251,418

Title: Systems and methods for local delivery of an agent

Abstract: A system and method for implanting pellets into myocardial tissue for treatment of coronary artery restenosis, ischemic heart disease, or cardiac conduction of disturbances. The mechanism of delivery can be transcatheter via chambers of the heart, endoscopic pericardial approach via minimally invasive transthoracic access, or intraoperative pericardial approach during open-chest surgery. Noncardiac tissues can also be treated.

Inventors: Ahern; John E. (Melrose, MA), Crittenden; James F. (Hollis, NH)

Assignee: C.R. Bard, Inc.

International Classification: A61K 9/00 (20060101); A61K 31/165 (20060101); A61M 25/00 (20060101); A61M 25/01 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61M 5/32 (20060101); A61F 002/02 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018