FDA Clearance For Teleflex ARROW FlexTip Plus Closed Tip, Multi-Port Epidural Catheter

In short

Teleflex Inc. has announced that its Arrow FlexTip Plus Closed Tip, Multi-Port epidural catheter has received FDA 510(k) clearance.

Background

The Arrow FlexTip Plus, claimed by Teleflex to be the market-leading Open Tip, Single-Port epidural catheter, has been proven to significantly reduce complications commonly associated with epidural catheters, such as vein cannulations and paresthesia. The catheter has been designed using the same proven technology as the Open Tip, Single-Port catheter, the only coil-reinforced catheter backed by more than a decade of clinical evidence. With the addition of the Closed Tip, Multi-Port catheter, FlexTip Plus now provides the drug dispersion choices clinicians demand.

The coil-reinforced FlexTip Plus catheter material is constructed of polyurethane, while a majority of spring wound catheters are made of nylon. This provides a unique balance of softness and strength which Teleflex claims promotes easier insertion, less movement out of the epidural space, better block quality, and higher satisfaction rates. The Closed Tip, Multi-Port catheter is designed to provide excellent kink resistance and features a soft, flexible tip with 4 lateral holes.

Company comments

“Teleflex is adding the FlexTip Plus Closed Tip, Multi-Port to the Arrow catheter family to continue to support physicians with products that address the concerns anesthesiologists face on a daily basis,” said Cary Vance, President, Teleflex Anesthesia and Respiratory. “The FlexTip Plus Closed Tip, Multi-Port is based on proven technology, helping anesthesiologists achieve the drug dispersion they prefer with the quality of care they demand for their patients.”

Source: Teleflex Inc., Business Wire