Interrad Medical, Plymouth, announced a distribution agreement with Alliance Medical to represent the SecurAcath device in the U.S. The Secur­Acath subcutaneous catheter securement technology increases efficiency by decreasing the time required to secure, maintain and remove catheters.

Medtronic Inc., Fridley, has begun a randomized clinical trial in Europe to assess the benefits of ablation using the Medtronic Arctic Front Advance cryoballoon as a first-line treatment for atrial fibrillation patients.