First Varicose Vein Patient Treated with FDA-Approved Varithena®


BTG International Inc. announces that the first varicose vein patient has been treated with Varithena®(polidocanol injectable foam), the only FDA-approved foam for the treatment of incompetent great saphenous veins (GSV), accessory saphenous veins and visible varicosities of the GSV system both above and below the knee.


Varithena® improves symptoms related to or caused by varicose veins, and the appearance of varicose veins, and is proven to reduce the five symptoms patients consider most important – heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing, itching (HASTI symptoms).


Marlin Schul, M.D., M.B.A., of the Lafayette Regional Vein & Laser Center in Indiana, who conducted the first Varithena® procedure, said, “I am proud to now be able to offer Varithena® as a new treatment option for my patients with varicose veins. Varithena® is a convenient, minimally invasive treatment and patients can return to normal activities shortly after treatment.”


Paul McCubbin, Head of Varithena® at BTG, commented, “Varithena® is the first and only FDA-approved comprehensive treatment that improves the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins. We are delighted that this clinically proven product is now commercially available to qualified physicians.”

Varithena® is a uniform, low-nitrogen, polidocanol microfoam, dispensed from a proprietary canister device. The physician injects a small amount of Varithena® into the malfunctioning vein through a small tube (catheter) or a needle. It displaces the blood from the vein to reach and treat the vein wall; the diseased vein collapses and blood flow is diverted to healthy veins nearby.

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August 11, 2014
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