Angiotech receives approval for Quill(TM) SRS PDO, MONODERM(TM), Polypropylene and Nylon product lines for sale in Brazil



    VANCOUVER, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:   ANPI;
TSX: ANP), today announced that it has received approval to begin marketing
the Quill(TM) SRS Polydioxanone (PDO), MONODERM(TM), Polypropylene and Nylon
product lines in Brazil.
    "We are very excited about the approval of the Quill SRS product lines in
Brazil, one of the largest surgical markets in the world. Quill has been
lauded in the U.S., Europe and Canada for the efficiency it brings to wound
closure. Now, Brazilian patients and surgeons in plastics, orthopedics and
gynecology can benefit from it as well," said Dr. William Hunter, President
and CEO of Angiotech.
    The Quill SRS product lines include two absorbable sutures - MONODERM and
PDO, and two non-absorbable sutures - Polypropylene and Nylon, and are
approved for sale in the U.S., Europe, and Canada.

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

    Quill SRS 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 distribute
tension across the wound and eliminate the need for knots.

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

    Quill(TM) is a trademark of Quill Medical, Inc., a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

    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.





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

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