Patent Number: 6,685,648

Title: Systems and methods for delivering drugs to selected locations within the body

Abstract: A method is provided for delivering a drug to a selected tissue region within a patient's body with a catheter having a deployable puncturing element, a drug delivery element and an orientation element on a distal portion thereof. The distal portion of the catheter is percutaneously introduced into a blood vessel, and directed endovascularly to a vessel location adjacent to the selected tissue region. The puncturing element is oriented towards the selected tissue region, and deployed to access the selected tissue region. A drug is delivered with the drug delivery element to the selected tissue region.

Inventors: Flaherty; J. Christopher (Los Altos, CA), Makower; Joshua (Los Altos, CA), Evard; Philip C. (Palo Alto, CA), MacAulay; Patrick E. (San Jose, CA), Whitt; Jason B. (San Francisco, CA), Colloton; Robert C. (Cupertino, CA), Macfarlane; K. Angela (Cupertino, CA)

Assignee: Transvascular, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/11 (20060101); A61B 17/12 (20060101); A61B 17/34 (20060101); A61M 25/00 (20060101); A61B 17/03 (20060101); A61B 17/30 (20060101); A61B 17/22 (20060101); A61B 18/00 (20060101); A61B 18/14 (20060101); A61B 19/00 (20060101); A61F 2/02 (20060101); A61F 2/00 (20060101); A61B 17/064 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61B 008/14 ()

Expiration Date: 02/03/2021