Do you all think we need to direct some attention towards the makers of stents/angioplasty catheters to put some pressure (and encouragement!) on the manufactures to make some devices that work better in veins?
Since angioplasty has a very disappointing failure rate, and present stents have some serious risks when used in veins, do you think an increased demand from a bunch of placard-wielding (figuratively speaking, of course), insistent MSer's to create better treatment options for us might be in order?
What we know is that the color of money speaks to big pharma - I wonder if we focused some attention on the stent/catheter manufacturers it might encourage them to get to work creating longer lasting and safer solutions for us.
I'm trying to search the FDA database on devices to find stent and angioplasty catheter manufacturers and their contact info, but I'm having a problem in locating the right database. I don't know where to go from here to locate the actual manufacturers.
I wonder if we could spread the word about directing some global attention on this issue as well to get manufacturers working on this important part of our problem.