IN.PACT™ Admiral™ drug-coated balloon: Durable, consistent and safe treatment for femoropopliteal peripheral artery disease☆
Endovascular management of peripheral artery disease was until recently limited to percutaneous balloon angioplasty, atherectomy, stent grafts, and bare-metal stents. These therapies have been valuable, but plagued by high restenosis and revascularization rates. Important progress has been made with the introduction of combination devices, including drug-eluting stents and drug-coated balloons (DCB), designed to combat restenosis by locally delivering anti-proliferative drugs. In particular, promising clinical performance has been seen with the Medtronic IN.PACT™ Admiral™ DCB, with durable, consistent and safe results. Rigorous, randomized controlled trials have directly compared this and other drug-delivering devices to their non-drug-coated counterparts with data available through two years. Additionally, trials are ongoing to assess use of drug-coated technologies in combination with traditional therapies in hope of synergistic effects. This review gathers data from currently published clinical trials with the IN.PACT Admiral DCB for the treatment of femoropopliteal peripheral artery disease and explores the possible impact on continuing clinical practice.