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A method is provided for eliminating surface imperfections on a medical device having a drug release coating including a therapeutic substance in a polymeric carrier disposed on at least a portion of the medical device. The medical device is preferably a stent including wire-like members interconnected to form struts with open interstices therebetween. A therapeutic substance incorporate into a polymeric carrier is disposed on the surface of the stent through which process imperfections including polymeric fibers, polymeric particles or other polymeric surface aberrations or imperfections are formed. This imperfections are eliminated by contacting the polymeric coating with a vaporized solvent for a specified period of time.

Title
Surface treatment method for stent coating
Application Number
9/226930
Publication Number
6120847
Application Date
January 8, 1999
Publication Date
September 19, 2000
Inventor
Lixiao Wang
Maple Grove
MN, US
Carmen Jacob
Anoka
MN, US
Dachuan Yang
Plymouth
MN, US
Agent
Crompton Seager & Tufte
Assignee
SciMed Life Systems
MN, US
IPC
B05D 3/04
B05D 3/00
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