Angiotech launches e-commerce website that allows customers to order Quill(TM) SRS product line



    VANCOUVER, May 19 /CNW/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:   ANPI,
TSX: ANP) today announced that its Quill(TM) SRS wound closure product line is
now available for purchase online in the U.S. on its website at
https://ecommerce.angiotech.com/Main/Home.aspx. The Quill SRS products are the
first Angiotech products available online and include the Polydioxanone (PDO),
MONODERM(TM), Nylon and Polypropylene product lines.
    "We strive to be innovative, not just in the development of our products,
but in all aspects of our business," said Dr. William Hunter, President and
CEO of Angiotech. "We are very pleased with the development of our e-commerce
site and believe the ability to order Quill SRS products online will be much
easier and more convenient for our customers than the existing ordering
methods. We hope to add other Angiotech products to the site in the future to
better serve our customers."

    About the Quill(TM) Self-Retaining System (SRS)

    The Quill SRS product line represents a revolutionary technology in wound
closure made possible by bidirectional fixation within the wound. Its patented
design allows the surgeon to begin closure at the midpoint of the wound and
suture in two directions from the midpoint. Barbs within the Quill SRS product
distribute tension across the wound and eliminate the need for knots.

    
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    Quill(TM) is a trademark of Quill Medical, Inc. and MONODERM(TM) is a
trademark of Surgical Specialties Corporation, both of which are wholly-owned
subsidiaries of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    (C)2009 Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    About Angiotech Pharmaceuticals

    Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and
medical device company with over 1,500 dedicated employees. Angiotech
discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or
complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions
and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ:   ANPI, TSX: ANP),
please visit our website at www.angiotech.com.





For further information:

For further information: DeDe Sheel, Investor Relations and Corporate
Communications, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (415) 293-4412,
dede.sheel@fdashtonpartners.com

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