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ETHICON ESTABLISHES UNMATCHED KNOTLESS SUTURE PORTFOLIO WITH LAUNCH OF STRATAFIX™ SPIRAL PLUS DEVICES

Ethicon, a trusted leader in advancing wound closure, announces the launch of STRATAFIX™ Spiral PDS Plus and STRATAFIX™ Spiral Monocryl Plus Knotless Tissue Control Devices.

CINCINNATI, OH – August 22, 2016 – Ethicon*, a trusted leader in advancing wound closure, announces the launch of STRATAFIX™ Spiral PDS Plus and STRATAFIX™ Spiral Monocryl Plus Knotless Tissue Control Devices. With the addition of these two new suture technologies to the STRATAFIX™ Family of Knotless Tissue Control Devices, Ethicon has established the most comprehensive and unmatched knotless suture offering available to surgeons in the U.S.

STRATAFIX™ Knotless Tissue Control Devices transforms the wound closure experience by providing unique advantages over traditional sutures. STRATAFIX™ sutures provide more strength and security, more consistency and more efficiency than traditional suturing. The portfolio of knotless sutures also enables surgeons to more easily manage tension and control tissue approximation with each pass during closure and eliminates the need to tie knots.i

“I call it the suture of the future,” said James Dan Kondrup**, M.D., Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY. “Any case where I can use STRATAFIX sutures, I will.”

The versatile STRATAFIX™ portfolio of knotless sutures will help surgeons to achieve the optimal clinical outcome for each tissue type, from skin and fat layers to fascia*** and organs. STRATAFIX™ Spiral Plus sutures boast exceptional wound holding strength while offering a smooth glide through tissuei, and are available in both bidirectional and a unidirectional design with an adjustable fixation loop. These new sutures are made with proprietary polymers, premium needles and Plus antibacterial coating that continue to deliver the optimal wound closure experience surgeons and health care practitioners expect from Ethicon.

“With more than 60 years of experience, Ethicon has become synonymous with surgical sutures,” said Liza Ovington, Franchise Medical Director for Ethicon. “Ethicon will continue to innovate in wound closure working to provide solutions that elevate the standard of care for surgeons and the patients they serve.”

STRATAFIX™ Knotless Tissue Control Devices can address tissue repair needs in a broad range of surgical specialties including orthopaedic, plastic, gynecological, general, bariatric, colorectal, and urological procedures. Additional information about the Ethicon STRATAFIX™ portfolio can be found here:

About Ethicon*

From creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures, Ethicon has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 60 years. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world's most pressing health care issues, and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our commitment to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. Learn more at www.ethicon.com, and follow us on Twitter @Ethicon.

For complete indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions, please reference full package insert.

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Media Contact:

Krystina Monaco
Office: 513-337-8256
kmonaco@its.jnj.com
i Data on file, Ethicon, Inc.: STRATAFIX Claims Matrix SFX-308-12. 2013.
* Ethicon, Inc. is the legal manufacturer of STRATAFIX™ Sutures.
**James Kondrup is a paid consultant of Ethicon.
***Fascia indication for STRATAFIX™ Symmetric PDS™ Plus only.
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