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Business Briefing / HEALTH

Edwards wins OK to sell heart valve

September 04, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. won U.S. regulatory approval to sell a replacement heart valve derived from cow tissue and designed to be easier to implant because it mimics the shape of the original.

The product, the Perimount Magna, will be available immediately, the Irvine company said. The valve is derived from cow hearts and uses technology that prevents calcium from building up and restricting blood flow. The Perimount Magna was introduced in Europe in 2005.

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